Canadian Medical Association

WHAT Health care Should BE:
Time for Bold Solutions
Aug. 17-18, 2023

Ottawa, ON

On August 17-18, 2023, join us to talk about what health care should be at our first hybrid Health Summit in Ottawa.

More details to come. Sign up to be notified when registration opens

About the Health Summit Series

Real reform depends on real talk.

The Canadian Medical Association’s Health Summit Series brings together leading experts, advocates, health care providers and patients for candid conversations about tough challenges – and sustainable solutions.

Summit sessions have focused on issues from urgent gaps in primary care to unprecedented levels of burnout among health workers to the promise of connected care. Keynote speakers have included Dr. Verna Yiu, former president/CEO of Alberta Health Services, Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University, and Dr. Jillian Horton, an award-winning physician, musician, writer and podcaster.

Learn more about previous Health Summit sessions below and watch live recordings.

2022 – Doing health differently during COVID and beyond

The Canadian health care system is in crisis. But COVID-19 can be the catalyst for change. The 2022 Health Summit series, which drew 1700 attendees over four virtual sessions, focused on creating solutions for a more stable and sustainable health system in the future by:  

  • addressing the health system’s inability to cope with surge demands and the devastating impact on both health care workers and patients
  • increasing system capacity, alleviating backlogs and improving access to care
  • rebuilding the health workforce, including how to best recruit, train and retain a future health workforce

This session gathered together all the interconnecting problems we’ve seen over the past 18 months, which will hopefully help break down the silos and bring renewed thinking to the possibilities of new innovations.

— 2022 Health Summit participant
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2021 – Reframing health: The time is now

The pandemic exposed troubling gaps in Canada’s health care system and left many people on the sidelines. The 2021 CMA Health Summit was the start of a movement to create:

  • a health system that is sustainable, more accessible and patient partnered
  • a society where every individual has equal opportunities to be healthy
  • a new medical culture focused on physical and mental well-being, and one that embraces equity and diversity

The worst outcomes of this pandemic have been felt by those who have been least able to speak up, or least likely to be heard and taken seriously. We have watched the real-time impact of ableism, ageism, racism and other structures of oppression. 

— Dr. Jane Philpott, Keynote speaker