More Physicians In Canada Than Ever, But Shortage Still Evident: Study

2 Canadians released from prison in Egypt

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2, 2010 4:02 PM ET OTTAWA There are more physicians in Canada now than ever before, but there remains a wide divide between the number of doctors and Canadians, national research released Thursday suggested. The peak comes after the country last year saw its largest annual percentage growth in physicians in the past 20 years an indication that health ministries and medical schools are taking steps to address the persistent national issue of access to health care, said Geoff Ballinger, manager of physician information with the Canadian Institute of Health Information. There was an increase of nearly 2,700 physicians in 2009, for an approximate total of 68,100 active physicians in Canada, the institutes annual report indicated. The number represents a 4.1% leap over the previous year, or more than three times the rate of growth of the Canadian population as a whole. That growth can largely be attributed to an increase in the number of doctors graduating from Canadian universities, the report showed. And even though the discrepancy between the number of doctors and Canadians is narrowing reaching 201 physicians per 100,000 Canadians in 2009, up from 190 per 100,000 in 2005 the shortage is still apparent, said Dr. Jeff Turnbull, president of the Canadian Medical Association. There is still a gap, and we still lag behind other developed countries, he said. Nevertheless, its good news for Canadians that were seeing a progressive increase in the number of doctors, and that we are narrowing that gap. From province to province, the physician-to-resident ratio is relatively well-balanced, but there is a considerably lower number of physicians available to residents in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut an indication of the serious lack of physicians in many of the countrys rural areas, Dr. Turnbull said. Its a complex business, he said. We have to think about the total number of doctors, the number of family practitioners, their specialties and their locations, making sure we have a balanced number of physicians in the rural and urban centres, all across Canada. That complexity is one reason Mr. Ballinger said it remains difficult to gauge what progress is being made in closing the gap between supply and demand. We dont know what the right ratio is, he said.

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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (2/3) FILE – This undated file family photo provided by Cecilia Greyson shows Canadian filmmaker John Greyson, who has been in detention in Egypt since his arrest on Aug. 16, 2013 in Cairo. Canada’s Foreign Affairs department said (Photo courtesy: The Associated Press) Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (3/3) FILE – This undated family photo shows Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani, who has been in detention in Egypt since his arrest on Aug. 16, 2013 in Cairo. Canada’s Foreign Affairs department said late Saturday Oct. 5, 2013 two (Photo courtesy: The Associated Press) Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Previous Next TORONTO (AP) Canada’s Foreign Affairs department said late Saturday two Canadians held without charges for the past several weeks in Egypt have been released from prison. Lynne Yelich, a Canadian minister of consular affairs, said Canada welcomes the decision to release John Greyson, a filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, a physician.

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Canadian Armed Forces Medical Officers Recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

Markets closed Canadian Armed Forces Medical Officers Recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada Press Release: Department of National Defence Fri, Dec 21, 2012 9:00 AM EST Print Related Content OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec 21, 2012) – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, today joined Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier, the Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), in congratulating CAF medical officers who were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. “The health of our men and women in uniform is a top priority for this government and the education and training of our medical officers is pivotal to the ability of Canadian Forces Health Services to deliver healthcare,” said Minister MacKay.”These medical officers represent the finest doctors in Canada, are testament to the high level of care our Canadian Armed Forces members receive at home and abroad and, on behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to congratulate them.” Captain Scott MacLean, 1 Field Ambulance, Edmonton, is the recipient of the 2012 Murray Stalker award.This award, named in honour of the late Dr. Murray Stalker, first College of Family Physicians of Canada President (1954-1955), recognizes and promotes scholarly activities of family medicine residents.It is awarded to an outstanding family medicine resident who is recognized as a potential future leader in the discipline. Captain MacLean and Captain Jason Lorette, 26 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, Greenwood, are both the recipients of the Family Medicine Resident Leadership Awards.These awards recognize the leadership abilities of outstanding senior family medicine residents from each of the 17 Canadian family medicine residency programs. Captain Melissa Welsh, 24 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, Trenton, is the 2012 recipient of the Bob Robertson Award.This award, dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Bob Robertson, former College of Family Physicians of Canada President (1980-1981), recognizes the individual who achieved the highest standing among family medicine residents in the organization”s certification examination in family medicine. Captain Shawn Benninger is the 2012 recipient of the Award of Excellence.The Award of Excellence recognizes the College of Family Physicians of Canada member who, in the past 12-24 months, has made an outstanding contribution in a specific area pertaining to one or more of the following areas:patient care; community service; hospital or health care institutions; college activities (national or chapter); or teaching, research or other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine.Capt. Benninger is currently serving on board Her Majesty”s Canadian Ship Protecteur. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these medical officers. They will serve their nation and the Canadian Armed Forces well as they progress through their military medical careers,” said Brig.-Gen. Bernier.”The standard of healthcare Canada is able to provide to its men and women in uniform will be enhanced by these talented physicians.They have set the bar high for those doctors who wish to practice medicine in uniform.” Canadian Forces Health Services, with the support of their health care partners, provides full-spectrum care and the highest standard of health care possible to Canada”s military personnel, wherever and whenever they serve. “The morale and well-being of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen, is the backbone of operational effectiveness,” said Chief Warrant Officer Pierre Marchand, Canadian Forces Health Services Chief Warrant Officer. “The medical professionals and support staff who make up the Canadian Forces Health Services Branch are a critical aspect of the morale and welfare of our troops serving across the nation and abroad during operations, exercises, and garrison duties.” Notes to editor/news director:For more information on Canadian Forces Health Services, please visit http://www.forces.gc.ca/health-sante/default-eng.asp .

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