Ottawa, ON, (Monday, August 25, 2014) – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) calls on the Council of the Federation to renew its multi-year commitment to accelerate the pace of health care transformation through the work led by the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG).

“Building on the promise of the Premiers report From Innovation to Action (2012), which focused on clinical practice guidelines, team-based models of care, health human recourses and generic drugs, there are significant opportunities for system change by strengthening collaboration with providers,” said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, Co-Chair, HEAL.

On August 28th, the Premiers will receive an update from the HCIWG on three areas of focus: pharmaceuticals, seniors, and appropriateness of care.  HEAL looks forward to re-engaging with the HCIWG and move forward as active participants, guided by the principles of better health, better care and better value for Canadians.

“We look forward to learning how the Premiers will continue to work together, and with providers and the federal government, to increase the spread of leading practices in health & health care,” said Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair, HEAL.  “Together, there is much that we can accomplish.”

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HEAL is a coalition of 40 national health and consumer associations and organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health system. It represents more than half a million providers and consumers of health care. HEAL was formed in 1991 out of concern over the erosion of the federal government's role in supporting a national health care system. For more information, please visit our web-site at

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Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, Co-Chair, HEAL
Telephone: (613) 234-2815, Extension 236
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Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair, HEAL
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HEAL Members

  • Alzheimer Society of Canada
  • Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
  • Canadian AIDS Society
  • Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
  • Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Canadian Association of Midwives
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Canadian Association of Optometrists
  • Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
  • Canadian Association of Radiologists
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers
  • Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists & Audiologists
  • Canadian Chiropractic Association
  • Canadian College of Health Leaders
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Canadian Dental Association
  • Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
  • Canadian Dermatology Association
  • Canadian Home Care Association
  • Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Canadian Nurses Association
  • Canadian Orthopaedic Association
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  • Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Canadian Psychiatric Association
  • Canadian Public Health Association
  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
  • Canadian Society of Nutrition Management
  • Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
  • Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Dietitians of Canada
  • HealthCareCAN
  • Paramedic Association of Canada
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada