A message from Dr. Emil Lee, President of the CAR
Dear CAR members,
Since the announcement one week ago that the federal Finance Minister is proposing changes to the tax framework for Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs), the CAR has been liaising with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and provincial radiology associations to determine what our next steps should be.
For its part, the CMA has undertaken the following actions:
- Connecting with all provincial and territorial medical associations – the CMA received unanimous support to lead efforts, coordinate messaging, and gather evidence from PTMAs on the impact to the health system
- Forging an alliance with other affected parties and independent businesses, as a way of exchanging technical information and addressing the matter in a comprehensive manner. It’s anticipated that a common front will resonate more effectively with government.
- Working with a government relations and tax experts to assist CMA position statement and strategy development.
- Reaching out to national specialty societies (including the CAR) to share regular information updates, gather vignettes, and draft a policy positionThe CAR will continue to work with the CMA and other concerned societies to ensure that it puts forward the strongest possible recommendation on behalf of Canadian radiologists. The CMA has compiled a list of FAQs for physicians, available here. If you would like more information about the ways that your practice or group might be affected by the changes, please contact your accountant, financial planner, or legal counsel.
We Need Your Stories
The CAR is also seeking stories and information about how these changes will impact you, our members, and your patients. As we prepare our own submission to the Finance Minister, the CAR needs vignettes and real-world examples of how radiology will be affected by the proposed changes.
We want to know more about how incorporation enables you to purchase equipment, employ staff, and manage overhead expenses, and to better understand and explain how your practices operate as small businesses to deliver comprehensive imaging care.
If you would like to share your story, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, to those of you who have already reached out to explain how your practice and patients will be affected by the proposed changes.
Dr. Emil Lee
Canadian Association of Radiologists