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Canadian doctors call for major transformation of healthcare system

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c4283 (Published 10 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4283
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Ottawa

    Canada’s healthcare system needs urgent overhaul so that access to essential medical services, including prescription drugs, is improved and sustained across all provinces, the Canadian Medical Association has said.

    In 2008 and in 2009 the Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index ranked Canada 30th of 30 countries (the United States was not included in the sample) in terms of value for money spent on health care. Canadians deserve better, says the association.

    Anne Doig, the association’s president, said, “Our system needs to be massively transformed. As physicians we’re worried . . . because with its current shortcomings, such as long wait times, the present system will …

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