Canadian Medical Association

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Canadian Medical Association
Abbreviation CMA
Formation 1867
Type Organizations based in Canada with royal patronage
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Region served
83,000[citation needed]doctors
Official language
English, French
Dr. Chris Simpson
Website CMA

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), with more than 83,000[citation needed] members, is the largest association of doctors in Canada. The CMA advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high quality health care, and provides leadership and guidance to physicians. It formed in 1867, three months after Confederation. Sir Charles Tupper, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School, who would later serve as Canada's prime minister, was selected as the first CMA president. The CMA is a Canadian civilian organization with the Royal Patronage of Queen Elizabeth II.

The CMA publishes the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and through accreditation of educational programs works to ensure national standards in health care. The CMA also takes the lead on numerous public health issues including the SARS and H1N1 outbreaks.

The CMA was also the driving force behind the creation of the Registered Retirement Savings Plan in 1957.[citation needed] Today, its financial arm, MD Physician Services, administers more than $38 billion for CMA members and their families. It is the only professional association in the world to have enjoyed such success.[citation needed]

The CMA also owns and operates a profit-making business called Practice Solutions, created in 2005 and claiming to offer end-to-end technology and practice management services to its members.

In the past, the CMA strongly supported the current single payer health care system. But, this recently changed with the CMA's support of private health insurance, following the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Chaoulli and Quebec.[1]


The Canadian Medical Association was founded in 1867 approximately 100 days after confederation. The first president was Sir Charles Tupper, who later became Prime Minister of Canada. The foundation of the CMA was strongly routed in its Scottish origins. In fact, the first three presidents of the CMA graduated from the Edinburgh Medical School.

Health Care Transformation in Canada[edit]

New times bring new challenges to the health care system and so it has been forced from time to time to adapt and evolve. The Canadian Medical Association believes that new demands for adaptation must be addressed starting now, and in a manner consistent with the spirit and principles that have guided Medicare from the beginning

Health Care Transformation means ensuring Canadians will have the best health, the best health care and the best value in the world. The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association put forward principles [2] to guide the transformation of the health care system in Canada toward one that is sustainable and adequately resourced, and provides universal access to quality, patient-centred care delivered along the full continuum of care in a timely and cost-effective manner. Approximately 130 partners [3] have signed on to the principles so far.

As part of the Health Care Transformation in Canada initiative, the CMA hosted three series of town hall in cities across Canada and online to hear from Canadians. The 2011 series focused on the future of health care system [4] The 2013 dialogue focused on the impact of the social determinants of health such as income, early childhood development, housing and access to healthy food. The 2014 dialogue focused on end-of-life care issues in Canada.

Awareness campaigns[edit]

In 2012, the CMA launched the Innovating for Patients [5] campaign to highlight physicians across Canada who are innovating to better meet the needs of their patients. The campaign is part a of the CMA’s Health Care Transformation in Canada [6] initiative.

In 2008, CMA launched an advocacy campaign to put Canada's doctor shortage on the federal political agenda. The campaign, which claimed that over 5 million Canadians had no access to a family doctor and that Canada needed 26,000 more physicians to meet the average in most other industrialized countries,.[7]

See also[edit]

Provincial/Territorial Medical Associations[edit]


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