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In 1776, while fighting for independence from British rule, Americans framed a Constitution that championed “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” To the north, however, 9 decades elapsed before Canada’s provinces persuaded their colonial masters to pass the British North America Act and created a federation with “peace, order, and good government” as the unofficial motto. These deep-seated political differences persist in health care governance, as evidenced by Canada’s more regimented and cautious approach to maintaining competence and professionalism for the approximately 80 000 physicians practicing in Canada.
Naylor CD, Gerace R, Redelmeier DA. Maintaining Physician Competence and Professionalism: Canada’s Fine Balance. JAMA. 2015;313(18):1825–1826. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3705
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