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Canadians deserve better health care. Patient’s Medical Home can get us there

By Independent Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia      

Evidence shows that this model of family practice leads to better care, better outcomes, lower health-care costs, and more satisfaction for providers and patients.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada launched its vision of the future of family practice in 2011, called the Patient’s Medical Home. The model has caught the attention of provincial decision-makers and health-care providers across Canada. Photograph courtesy of the Pan American Health Organization

I became a family doctor because providing comprehensive, compassionate care gave me meaning. In the small community I served in Twillingate, N.L., I have watched infants I cared for grow up and I’ve watched people reach the end of their lives. I am a part of this community and the relationships I’ve developed are central to what it is to be a family doctor.

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