Why must I join CMA?

When I moved to BC from Ontario I was surprised and dismayed to learn that it was not possible to become a member of the BCMA without also becoming a member of the CMA. I find this to be a highly paternalistic policy and wonder what is to stop the BCMA from adding on other requirements—perhaps we will soon also have to be Kinsmen or Free Masons or join a particular political party? How long has this policy been in force? Was there no legal challenge as to its constitutionality? Is the BCMA getting a kick back from the CMA for each conscripted member? I would dearly love to join the BCMA but I really dislike bullies.

—R. Lewans, MD

Membership Committee responds

The BCMA Board of Directors has determined and reaffirmed for many years that BCMA membership should be conjoint with CMA membership. The BCMA fully supports the important role that the CMA plays, that is, a strong national voice of medicine for Canadian physicians. In addition, most BCMA members participate in several CMA benefits programs, including MD Management financial services. In order to access MD Management benefits, CMA membership is mandatory. The Board and the vast majority of BCMA members support the CMA. We would welcome Dr Lewans joining the BCMA and supporting the CMA as well.

—Jack Burak, MD
Chair, BCMA Membership Committee

R. Lewans, MD, Jack Burak, MD. Why must I join CMA?. BCMJ, Vol. 45, No. 10, December, 2003, Page(s) 484 - Letters.

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