Fix seniors care first says CMA pres-elect
It's time the federal government takes a bigger role in transforming health care to meet the needs of aging Canadians, says the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) on the cusp of the Aug. 18–20 annual meeting.
"For too long, they've fallen back on the constitutional framework that health care is a provincial responsibility," says CMA president-elect Dr. Chris Simpson. "If you look across the Atlantic to more successful health systems, what they have in common is ambitious goals, engaged doctors and strong national governments willing to lead the change."
Simpson is slated to take the helm of the CMA on Aug. 20 during the organization's annual general meeting in Ottawa. Currently, he is professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, as well as medical director of the cardiac program at Kingston General Hospital/Hotel Dieu Hospital.