Assisting Physicians
Contributing to Safe Medical Care
Supporting the Medical Liability System

Complete 2014 Annual Report [PDF]

Assisting physicians

Canadian physicians care for their patients, confident the CMPA will effectively and efficiently protect their medical liability interests.

2014
INTERACTIONS
WITH MEMBERS
292,803
Growth from
2013 to 2014
46%

As the complex healthcare environment evolves, members are relying on our advice and assistance more than ever.

866

LEGAL ACTIONS
OPENED IN
2014

5%

DECLINE
SINCE
2005



The 2014 membership survey indicates that members are highly satisfied with the CMPA’s continuum of medical liability services.

CMPA’S
Continuum of medical
liability services

Education aimed
at harm prevention
in patient care.

Advice to guide
members in responding
to medical liability issues.

Legal assistance
to resolve medical
liability matters.





Contributing to Safe Medical Care

In support of a high-quality healthcare system, the CMPA contributes to safe medical care in Canada.

CMPA physicians met face-to-face with nearly 26,000 members and other healthcare professionals to provide quality education and advice on safe medical care.

430
PRACTICE
IMPROVEMENT
PRESENTATIONS

26,000
PARTICIPANTS
ACROSS CANADA



In 2014, the CMPA further expanded its efforts to share data, analysis and risk reduction strategies with healthcare partners to support a system-wide focus on safe care and quality improvement.






Supporting the Medical Liability System

The CMPA supports an effective and sustainable medical liability system that meets the needs of physicians and their patients.

System cost per member

The costs of providing medical liability protection in Canada have been rising, placing additional pressure on a resource-constrained healthcare system.






$404 million in membership fees were collected from members to cover the occurrence year costs arising from patient care provided in 2014.

Membership fees (In millions)

5 year cumulative (2010-2014)
(In millions)

Expected occurrence year costsFee creditMembership fees
Ontario 917.1 (287.9) 629.2
Québec 377.2 (18.1) 359.1
Rest of Canada 619.1 (171.0) 448.1
Total $1,913.4 $(477.0) $1,436.4





$237
million
PAID TO PATIENTS

In 2014, $237 million in payments were made to patients who had been harmed by negligent medical care.

$181

million

Average annual payments to patients over the past ten years






Operating costs per member

The Association has managed internal operating costs prudently, with operating costs per member declining in 2014.






The CMPA’s estimated net liabilities exceed net assets and the Association continues to take measured steps to return to a fully funded position. Recent strong performance of the investment portfolio has helped to partly mitigate the effects of rising protection costs.

$360
million
Deficiency of net assets
8%
10 year average investment return
11.2%
2014 investment return