Report Card.

2008 Nov
College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The CFPC believes that every Canadian in every community should have a family doctor. In 2007, the CFPC released a Position Statement: Improving Access to Care for Patients in Canada. The Statement outlined strategies to increase the number of Canadians who have their own family doctor. This Report Card includes the CFPC's 2008 assessment of how well Canada is on track to attain the target that would see 95% of Canadians in each community have their own family physician by 2012. In 2008, 86% of all Canadians have a family doctor . But 4.6 million are still without. Approximately 4.6 million Canadians do NOT have a family doctor. Is enough being done today to prepare for tomorrow?

The good news: About 86% of Canadians have a family doctor. The bad news: Over half of those living in Canada without a family doctor have not bothered to look because they are using either walk-in clinics or emergency rooms in their community or because there are no family doctors accepting new patients where they live.

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