OTTAWA – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is very concerned by the federal government’s recent decision to withdraw funding for the Health Council of Canada.
“This decision is a signal to Canadians that the future of health and health care is not a priority. Nothing could be further from the truth. Public opinion polls consistently rank the future of health care in Canada as one of the most important public policy priorities,” said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, HEAL Co-Chair. “What message is the federal government sending to Canadians about its commitment and role when it comes to health?”
With the end of the 2004 Health Accord, HEAL has released the report "Reframing the Federal Role in Health & Health Care" that considers the following three policy questions:
- What is the appropriate role of the federal government in Canada's decentralized health care system?
- What is the best way to reform health care delivery for Canadians, given the interdependence of our health care systems?
- How should we align accountability and authority for health and health care renewal?
Completed in 2013, this report identifies 10 key findings, and is supported by two Appendices which include a literature review and environmental scan, and a synthesis of key informant interviews.
The report also builds on the previous report "Functional Federalism and the Future of Medicare" that was released by HEAL in2012.
The reports have informed HEAL's work over the past 9 months, and will lead to recommendations on the role of the federal government in health and health care later this year.
HEAL agrees with the Budget 2018 statement which says, “A strong publicly funded health care system is not just a point of pride for Canadians, it is also an essential foundation for a strong, fair and prosperous country in the years to come.” HEAL’s recommendations encourage collaboration between governments and providers, proposing measures and investments to improve overall system effectiveness and contribute to positioning Canada as a top performing country.
"Health ministers should take note. The Canadian Way signiﬁes an unparalleled level of consensus among the health professions."