Future Physicians call upon Government of Canada to Improve Access to Health Human Resources

           From the Canadian Federation of Medical Students 

OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2013 – The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is bringing tomorrow’s physicians to Parliament Hill for its annual Lobby Day.

Medical students from Vancouver to St. John’s will meet with Members of Parliament and Senators to discuss strategies to ensure that all Canadians have access to health care wherever they live. The CFMS believes that all Canadians – regardless of location – deserve adequate, quality care. According to 2004 Health Canada data, the doctor-to-population ratio in rural Canada will grow to over 1:1,800 by the turn of the next decade. This is compared to a ratio of about 1:500 for Canada as a whole. Moreover, the federal government does not currently have a system to predict how the number and type of physicians that will be required in the future to serve the diverse needs of Canadians. As such, provinces and regions continue to struggle with the appropriate distribution of physician location and specialty, especially in rural and remote areas.

The CFMS applauds the federal government for announcing that it will forgive a portion of Canada Student Loans for new family physicians working in rural and remote communities. However, ……….

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