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Family doctors share vision of a “medical home” for every Canadian

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4517 (Published 02 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4517
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Alberta, Canada

    Canada’s family doctors say that every citizen should have access to a family practice that acts as their personal “medical home” to meet their medical needs. Currently, about four million Canadians (12% of the population) do not have a family doctor.

    The College of Family Physicians of Canada, which represents more than 22 000 members, described the concept of a patient centred medical home in a discussion paper issued on 29 October 2009.

    The college’s vision is that the Canadian medical home would be a medical office or clinic where patients would have a personal family doctor who provides and directs their medical care and allows patients timely access to team based care supported by electronic medical …

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