JointHealth™ express   April 16, 2014

Have your voice heard to create “patient centred” health care

The Canadian Medical Association wants to hear what patients’ expectations for health care are

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) have convened a Health Providers Steering Committee to review the way health care is delivered in Canada. Among the criticisms of our health care system is that health care is designed from the provider’s point of view. Another critique is that nationally, delivery of care lacks coordination and integration between federal government, provinces, territories, and municipalities.

During the two summits (May 2012 and February 2013), the CMA, the CNA, and HEAL, together with patients, developed five foundations for integrated and effective health care for patients. They are:
  1. Patient access – Ensures all Canadians have the right to comprehensive and accessible publicly funded health care system.
  2. Patient-centred care – Focuses on the health needs and goals of patients to ensure they participate in planning their own health care and to have a seamless transition between different treatments.
  3. Informational continuity – Ensures everyone involved with the patient’s health care have timely and accurate information regarding the patient’s medical history.
  4. Management continuity – Ensures that services are timely and complement one another.
  5. Relational continuity – Helps link past care to present and future health care needs of patients and provides context to a patient’s treatment plan.
The CMA is reaching out to health care providers and patients to validate that the founding principles above are a true representation of patient expectations for effective health care. All you need to do is complete the short survey here by Friday, April 25, 2014. Your response will help the CMA towards their vision that “By 2025 Canadians will have the best health and health care in the world”. For more information, please contact Nadia Potvin-Piché of the CMA by email at or view the summit report here.