This paper analyzes data from three large-scale surveys of Canadian physicians conducted over the past decade to examine the politics of a cohort of recently established family physicians in Ontario, and to assess the extent to which these politics represent a « softening » of professional resistance to government health insurance.
Politically, this is an important cohort because the physicians in it have grown up without any firsthand knowledge of the pre-Medicare period, and because they are among the first to establish practices in the wake of the month-long 1986 Ontario physicians'strike, a high point of profession-government conflict.
Factors which may have contributed to a moderation of medical politics include the progressive entry of women into medicine.
Out data suggest that professional opposition to Medicare is declining and that fewer physicians support a return to voluntary and commercial control of the health system, a shift which could assist in breaking the historical cycle of profession-government conflict and moving to the politics of accommodation.
In the conclusions we discuss implications for medical politics in Canada and other countries such as the United States.
Mots-clés Pascal : Politique sanitaire, Système santé, Assurance maladie, Association professionnelle, Médecin généraliste, Conflit politique, Soin santé primaire, Canada, Homme, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health policy, Health system, Health insurance, Professional association, General practitioner, Political conflict, Primary health care, Canada, Human, North America, America
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