Our study shows you get better care if you have a doctor who formally enrols patients, pools resources with colleagues to provide after hours care and takes responsibility for preventing and managing chronic disease.
Primary care is considered the front door to our health care system. Whether you’re going for a general check-up or have just been diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor makes sure you get the tests, treatment and care you need.
Without appropriate measurement of health care outcomes, we cannot know if cost control measures affect the quality of care.
We don’t have measures in place to evaluate whether increasing the specialist health workforce is always the best investment of our health care dollars.
Just how big is the increase in the number of health specialists? The number of specialists per Canadian has almost doubled since 1981.
While there has been a recent decline in real per capita provincial government health spending, total physician costs have continued to rise.
It’s time for Canada to think outside the lab — and invest more in public health and the research that supports it.
Our first point of contact with the health system — often referred to as ‘primary care’ — should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the system when we need more specialized care.
As the Canadian population continues to age, there is a need to revisit conventional thinking regarding the provision of health care services for seniors to ensure that the system is sustainable for all Canadians. There are a number of misperceptions in current thinking.