CMPA Annual Report: supporting physicians and patients and advancing safe medical care

OTTAWA, July 10, 2023—The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) is dedicated to supporting physicians, patients, and advancing safe medical care. As an essential component of the Canadian healthcare system, the Association is proud to share its 2022 annual report, which illustrates notable achievements over the past year.

In 2022, the CMPA was there for physicians with compassionate medico-legal advice and assistance. The CMPA also helped physicians cope with ongoing changes related to the Canadian healthcare delivery model and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was still very much with us last year, and we continued to see many challenges within the system, such as the healthcare human resource crisis,” said CEO Dr. Lisa Calder. “Through it all, we worked to provide physicians with just-in-time advice, assistance, and learning. We modernized our supports and services and focused on collaborating to help improve patient safety and enhance the practice environments of Canada’s physicians.”

Key achievements featured in the 2022 report included:

  • Responding to over 29,000 member requests for assistance and engaging with Canadian physicians over 49,000 times on the phone and online, providing expert and compassionate guidance on medico-legal issues.
  • Paying $279 million in compensation to patients, on behalf of physician members, proven harmed by negligent medical care (fault in Québec).
  • Launching its 2022-2025 EDI Strategy, outlining its commitment to providing all members with fair and equitable support in an inclusive environment.
  • Delivering 306 events and workshops to over 15,000 attendees, including Prepped for Practice, providing fundamental medico-legal education to residents at all 17 faculties of medicine in Canada.
  • Publishing peer-reviewed research articles on relevant medico-legal topics, sharing data and insights to support patient safety.

“Each day, we provide advice and learning to help members practise safely and prevent patient harm. But when it’s proven that harm has occurred due to negligent care (fault in Québec), part of our role is to compensate patients appropriately and in a timely manner”. said President Dr. Jean-Hugues Brossard. “Notably, we have paid a total of $2.29 billion in patient compensation over the past 10 years, on behalf of our physician members, which illustrates how we support patients’ short and long-term care needs.”

The CMPA’s annual report not only details the organization’s 2022 patient compensation figures, but also highlights how it continues to responsibly steward members’ fees and advocate for changes that positively impact the Canadian healthcare system.

Review the complete 2022 annual report.

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About the CMPA

The CMPA empowers better healthcare by delivering efficient, high-quality physician-to-physician advice and assistance in medico-legal matters. Importantly, the CMPA provides appropriate compensation, on behalf of our members, to patients injured by negligent medical care (fault in Québec). Our peer-reviewed research results in evidence-based products and services focused on enhancing patient safety and reducing patient harm and healthcare costs.

As Canada’s largest physician organization and with the support of its 108,000 physician members, the CMPA collaborates, advocates, and effects positive change on important healthcare and medico-legal issues. The Association is governed by an elected Council of physicians.