The CFPC urges new federal government to provide strong leadership on health care

October 28, 2019

(October 28, 2019, Mississauga, ON) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) congratulates all newly elected members of Parliament (MPs) on their success in the 2019 federal election.

During the election campaign the CFPC was pleased to see specific priorities identified by the CFPC featured in policy announcements from several parties. The CFPC urges MPs to pursue the following priorities:

  • Ensuring timely access to primary care through dedicated federal support. Coordinated reform is required to enable the standardized adoption of the Patient's Medical Home—the CFPC’s vision for interprofessional family practice to best provide person-centered care and allow for a population health approach to service delivery in Canadian communities. A dedicated Primary Care Transition Fund would demonstrate federal leadership in this area.

  • Integrating mental health services in community-based care. Family doctors are often the first point of access for patients seeking mental health services. The lack of referral resources must be addressed to reduce the negative impact that mental health issues can impose on individuals and communities. Integrating mental health services as a crucial part of community-based family practices would be a positive step towards equitable access for all in Canada.

  • Establishing a universal national pharmacare program. A national pharmacare program would help reduce inequalities in accessing medication. Universal access to prescription medications can improve the health outcomes for everyone in Canada, including the most vulnerable in our communities. Family doctors want to ensure that out-of-pocket costs do not prevent patients from accessing the care they need.

The future of health care in Canada depends on strong federal leadership. The CFPC anticipates newly elected leaders will demonstrate their commitment by championing these priorities.

The CFPC values regular meetings and communications with many federal ministers and MPs and looks forward to continued collaboration. On behalf of its members, the CFPC will continue to advocate important health matters relevant to family medicine and will support policy changes that deliver a robust and sustainable health care system for all in Canada.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization that represents more than 38,000 members across the country. The College establishes the standards for and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. It reviews and certifies continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements. The CFPC provides high-quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians, and the patients they serve.

Susan Monic
Manager, Communication Services
College of Family Physicians of Canada
905-629-0900 ext. 432
[email protected]

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