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Canadian Medical Association, Access to Health Care, Health Care, Public and Private Health Care Sectors, Policy Principles, Critique of Policy


In June 2006, the Canadian Medical Association [CMA] published a discussion paper, "It's about access! Informing the debate on public and private health care," to evaluate how best to manage the public and private health care sectors in order to improve access to high-quality health care. The report comes at a critical time for the health care system in Canada, with the talk of renewal and reform at the forefront of public discussion. In their report, the CMA "identified 10 first-order policy principles that should guide any policy and decision-making related to the public-private interface." The CMA's use of these principles is problematic on four levels.