A 2004 health accord agreement which took 4 years to hammer out expires in just 3 years, and now Canada’s doctors at the Canadian Medical Association’s meetings in St. John’s are calling on the federal government to start negotiating a new deal. The 2004 agreement between the provinces and Ottawa set universal goals, including reducing wait times, improved access, home care, better drug benefits and more electronic records. “We would really like to see now, meaningful, thoughtful action as we head to that accord. We want the first ministers to get together very soon and start to set the groundwork for a transformed health care system as we head into the health accord,” said CMA president Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull.
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