The COA mission is to serve the profession and promote excellence in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal health for Canadians. As the national voice for orthopaedic surgeons, we are dedicated to developing programs and pursuing efforts which foster our mission.
Changing the political sphere can be challenging. The COA continues its efforts to bring our expertise to the government table. We recognize that we bring three key things to our government contacts:
- We represent an important base of practical experience in improving access to care for our patients;
- We speak with a collective voice, allowing government officials to deal with one group instead of many;
- We represent, with our patients, a large group of voters to whom government will hopefully listen.
It is in this spirit that the COA conducts an ongoing program of government relations and advocacy efforts.