The medical profession has not always been the strongest voice in Ottawa.
In recent years, the sector has come under attack from all sides for its treatment of people with disabilities.
The debate over the province’s assisted dying program and the Liberals’ proposed changes to medical services for seniors has also brought the issue to the forefront.
But a new survey of the country’s medical experts finds that the sector is supportive of the Liberal government’s approach to medical care.
The survey, conducted by the Canadian Medical Association and conducted by research firm Ipsos Reid, was commissioned by the Association of Physicians for Responsible Medicine, a group that advocates for responsible medical care, and commissioned by Medscape, an online platform that helps physicians provide medical care to patients.
“It’s a really good result for the medical profession,” said Dr. David McKeown, president of the Canadian Association of Medical Colleges.
“The association is supportive.
We’re seeing it reflected in the results.”
McKeough said the association is pleased with the results, but the survey’s results need to be tempered with context.
“What we’re seeing is that the majority of medical practitioners and the association in general are very supportive of this [program].
They’ve been advocating for it for a long time,” he said.
But what we’re also seeing is, of course, there are certain issues around the program that people have been complaining about.”
McKahey acknowledged that the survey found that some medical professionals felt that the government was not sufficiently supportive of doctors who have a disability, such as those who suffer from spasticity.
“There are doctors who are working with the government and have a very, very difficult situation where they’re having to come up with a solution that’s acceptable to them,” he explained.
“But we also have some people who are very vocal about how they are feeling about it, and some doctors have really taken a stand.”
McKeefe said the survey also found that the number of doctors participating in a study of the provincial assisted dying plan has dropped dramatically.
But the number participating in the survey was small and the sample was representative of the medical industry, McKeaugh added.
McInnes, the AMA president, agreed. “
We can’t say what the effect of this is, but it’s clear that it’s positive.”
McInnes, the AMA president, agreed.
“For the AMA, we’re very supportive.
It’s not surprising that the medical community would be.
They’ve fought hard to be able to participate,” he noted.
The AMA survey is one of a series of reports published by the AMA to inform the public about how physicians are responding to the government’s changes to health care.
A similar survey of all physicians was published in January.
“Our report [also] indicates that physicians are more than willing to work with the new government to ensure they are able to provide effective and safe care to their patients, regardless of whether they have a physical or mental disability,” McKeeary said.
The new AMA survey also finds that doctors are not just supportive of assisted dying, they are also willing to help.
The study found that 71 per cent of doctors were willing to assist a person who was terminally ill, and that 79 per cent were willing “to offer support to people with a disability who are not able to access adequate care in their own province.”
McKeegan added that the AMA is encouraging doctors to get involved in the program, because they believe it will “save lives.”
There are a number of people in the profession who are opposed to it. “
I don’t think it is going to be easy.
There are a number of people in the profession who are opposed to it.
But it’s something that we would hope that would be welcomed,” he concluded.