Health care – it is not beyond repair
March 30, 2011
The Calgary Chamber today hosted Dr. Jeff Turnbull – President of the Canadian Medical Association. He spoke about his concern over the state of health care in Canada.
The Chamber has long focused on health care as a topic – we have a dedicated health care committee and it is increasingly taking a focus in our policy and government relations work.
Dr. Turnbull spoke persuasively and eloquently about the need for change, but more importantly, the ability to change. He believes, and I agree, that the Canadian health care system is not beyond repair. It will just take leadership, courage and a willingness to do things differently across not only governments but practitioners as well.
As is practice at the Chamber these days, we ask our speakers and guests an “if” question – something that will spark imagination, innovation and drive action. We asked Dr. Turnbull if he could change one thing to make the greatest impact on health care, what would it be? He had two answers – one from the perspective of Canadians; and that was to increase access to health care.
The more interesting answer was from the perspective of his role. He answered apathy. He feels that there is too much apathy across the country that health care cannot be fixed. He disagrees. It is not beyond repair. We just need to get people to care again, and be willing to do things, and think, differently. The answer is there. It isn’t complicated. It is just a matter of the will to do it.