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The difference a Day makes

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:622
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The Canadian Medical Association has elected as its future president a doctor with strong ties to the private sector. But some doctors fear this could undermine Canada's publicly funded healthcare system. David Spurgeon reports

    The election to the post of president elect of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) of Brian Day, a British born orthopaedic surgeon who is also president of a large private Canadian hospital, has intensified debate about the place of private health care in a country that prides itself on its publicly funded national healthcare system.

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    Dr Brian Day: “Canadians are not being well served” by the present healthcare system


    Day was elected at the association's annual policy conference last month and takes over the presidency from family physician Colin McMillan next August.

    His supporters include 15 past presidents of the British Columbia Medical Association (, who assured CMA delegates that they should not be worried that with Day as president the association would turn into a private care advocate, because “the CMA is a truly democratic organisation and it is simply not possible for a president to hijack the agenda.”

    Day's critics are concerned about his past pronouncements, which include calling for the repeal of the Canada Health Act, on which …

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