Canadian Medical Association


Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), with more than 65,000 members, is the largest association of doctors in Canada and works to represent their interests nationally. It formed in 1867, three months after Confederation. 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 was also the driving force behind the creation of the Registered Retirement Savings Plan in 1957. Today its financial arm, MD Management, administers more than $25 billion for CMA members and their families. Perhaps the most controversial profit-making business owned and operated by the CMA is the Practice Solutions brand created in 2005 that claims to offer end-to-end technology and practice management services to its members. It is the only professional association in the world to have enjoyed such success.

It claims to represent the interests of patients nationally and actively lobbies the Canadian government on public health issues.CMA. [http://www.cma.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/3428/la_id/1.htm CMA Office for public health] . Accessed: 4 September 2005.]

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.Sibbald B. CMA supports private health insurance. CMAJ. 2005 Aug 18; PMID 16109752 [http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/rapidpdf/cmaj.051035v1.pdf Full Text] ]

ee also

* Canadian Medical Protective Association
* List of Canadian organizations with royal patronage

Provincial medical associations

* Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA)
* Ontario Medical Association

External links

* [http://www.cma.ca Canadian Medical Association]
* [http://www.cma.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/44413/la_id/1.htm About the Canadian Medical Association]
* [http://www.cmaj.ca/ Canadian Medical Association Journal]
* [http://www.mdm.ca MD Management] - The CMA's investment and insurance company.
* [https://www.mydoctor.ca/patient/welcome.do mydoctor.ca Health Portal]

References


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