Canadian doctors' leader calls for more central funding

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:563
  1. David Woods
  1. Philadelphia

    The new president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr Victor Dirnfeld, says that Canada's publicly financed universal healthcare system is suffering from serious underfunding, which has led to poorer access to services, lengthening waiting lists, and a disaffected medical profession.

    Dr Dirnfeld has long called for a parallel private healthcare system in Canada. However, in his inaugural speech he said that he would shelve this personal view to “reflect, represent, and promote the official views of …

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