The CFPC shines a spotlight on three priority topics as Canadians prepare to vote this fall

September 23, 2019

(September, 23, 2019, Mississauga, ON) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has launched a comprehensive federal election website to help inform CFPC members and voters about the major party election platforms as they relate to health care. Recent survey results show that access to high quality health care remains a top priority for Canadians.

Advocating on behalf of family physicians and the patients they serve, the CFPC has identified three priority areas in need of federal leadership:

  • Timely access to care through the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) vision
    • The PMH vision calls for interprofessional approach to providing continuous comprehensive care in all family practices
    • The CFPC advocates for a transition fund specifically dedicated to continued implementation of the PMH across Canada
  • Ready access to mental health services integrated within primary care
    • The CFPC advocates for equitable access to mental health services for everyone in Canada and increased funding to support the collaborative care model
  • Fair access to medication through a universal national pharmacare program
    • The CFPC advocates for a universal, single-payer national pharmacare program to reduce inequalities around access, and aid in improving health outcomes across Canada

The CFPC is evaluating the major national party platforms against these three priority areas. A green indicator reflects demonstrated leadership and concrete commitments; a yellow indicator shows some level of involvement or support; a red indicator shows no involvement or commitment. Visit the election website to view the grades and see how the party platforms stack up.

CFPC members who want to actively participate in election advocacy can send a letter to their local candidates using the election website’s helpful outreach tool. Hearing directly from constituents is one of the best ways to let your local candidate know about important issues.

Stay up-to-date on where the federal parties stand on the top three identified health care areas. The CFPC will provide updates through its election website and on social media.

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

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