CMA calls for new health pact to meet needs of seniors

At the seniors' centre in Surrey

At the seniors’ centre in Surrey, BC. – Pic: http://www.surrey.ca/

OTTAWA, – As Canadian  celebrated National Seniors Day on Saturday , the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), representing over 83,000 physician members, is calling on  political leaders to come together on a new health accord that will address the needs of the  growing seniors population.

“All too often in this country, discussions around seniors care descend into talks of how it costs more to provide care for older Canadians. This is exactly the wrong way to think. Canadians are living longer, healthier lives than ever before and that is something to be celebrated. What Canada does need, however, is to help our health care system evolve to meet 21st century standards and Canadians’ needs. Our upcoming health accord between federal, provincial and territorial governments is a golden opportunity to make that happen,” the CMA said in a statement.

“The CMA thinks it is high time our health care system evolved to meet the need of our vibrant seniors population, a group of Canadians who has done – and who continues to do – so much to make Canada great,”Dr. Granger Avery, CMA President, said.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 83,000 of Canada’s physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA’s mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care. – CNW

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