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article imageReport: Health care failing to meet needs of Canadians

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By Daniel Lick     Aug 5, 2010 in Health
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) says Canada's health care system is failing to meet the needs of Canadians and is in urgent need of reform.
According to a report titled "Health Care Transformation in Canada: Change that Works, Care that Lasts" that was just released by the CMA, Canada's health care is in serious trouble.
The report states that Canadians are not receiving the value they deserve from the health care system, ranking last in 30 countries surveyed in terms of value for money spent.
The Canadian Medical Association says Canadians are "increasingly concerned about the lack of timely access to see their family physician,the long wait times for diagnostic testing, a widespread lack of access to specialists and specialized treatment and the compromised quality of care in overburdened emergency rooms."
The report states that the biggest factor in long wait times for health care is the lack of physicians as Canada's physician supply relative to the population is far below average.
Since Canadian teaching institutions do not produce enough physicians to meet demands, Canada cannot expect to make up the difference without new sources of physicians.
Lack of access to prescription drugs is also an area of concern.
Prescription drugs represent the second largest category in health care expenditures but only 50 percent of drug treatments costs are covered by health care. According to the CMA, the situation is "catastrophic."
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