The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), a not-for-profit organization, is the primary provider of medical liability protection for Canadian physicians.
The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), a not-for-profit organization, is the primary provider of medical liability protection for Canadian physicians. In addition to providing assistance to physicians involved in medical-legal issues arising from their practice, the CMPA compensates, on behalf of its members, patients injured as a result of negligent medical care. The CMPA is committed to promoting safe medical care and makes a significant contribution to improved health care safety in Canada.
Unlike an insurance company, the CMPA employs a discretionary approach in its assistance to members. This enables the association to consider whether members are eligible for assistance and the scope of such assistance on a case-by-case basis, tailored to meet the needs of individual member physicians and their specific circumstances. For further information on CMPA’s assistance and provision of protection for its members, as well as on the topic of occurrence-based protection, please visit the CMPA website (www.cmpa-acpm.ca).
Physicians may also wish to read the CMPA’s publication, “Are there risks to acting as a good Samaritan?” (www.cmpa-acpm.ca/en/advice-publications/browse-articles/2015/are-there-risks-to-acting-as-a-good-samaritan).
CMPA members who have questions regarding CMPA assistance and legal issues may always contact the association at 1 800 267-6522. When physicians call the CMPA for advice, they are placed in direct contact with a physician advisor who can provide confidential medical-legal guidance.
—Douglas Bell, MD
Associate Executive Director and Managing Director, Office of the CEO
Canadian Medical Protective Association