HEAL Gov. Submissions

On a regular basis, HEAL appears as a witness before Standing Committees of the House of Commons (e.g., Health and Finance) and submits written Briefs.

The implementation of Medicare in the 1960s required a major investment in capacity-building to train health professionals.  The Heath Resources Fund Act – introduced by the federal government in 1966 played a key role in enabling a significant expansion in training capacity across the provinces for a range of health practitioners.  Over forty years later, with the challenges associated with an aging workforce and a higher volume and complexity of population health needs, the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) believes that bold action is once again required.

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The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is pleased to have the opportunity to make a positive and lasting contribution to the future of our much-valued publicly funded health care system through this submission to the Royal Commission on the Future of Canada’s Health Care System. HEAL commends the Prime Minister for establishing the Commission and looks forward to the outcome of Commissioner Romanow’s deliberations on building a sustainable publicly funded system that meets the changing health needs of Canadians, now and into the future.

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Dear Mr. Martin,

On behalf of the Health Action Lobby, we submit seven recommendations for enhancing the federal government's financial commitment to the health system.  We ask that these recommendations be considered in the development of the government's up-coming financial statement.

Health investments in the 1999 federal budget signaled a good first step towards restoring Canadians' confidence in our health care system. The announcements provided a clear statement that there is a critical need to significantly increase the federal government's presence in the funding of Canada's health care system.

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HEAL acknowledges the need for fiscal discipline. Accordingly. HEAL is not asking the federal government to turn the clock back to higher levels of federal-provincial transfers at this time. It is, however, recommending that future cuts, i.e. planned reductions in cash entitlements which have not yet been implemented, be forgone.

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HEAL acknowledges the need for fiscal restraint. Governments simply cannot go on indefinitely living beyond their means. Deficits must be reduced and, eventually, debt retired in order to ensure that the programs taxpayers want can be financed. But allowing Medicare to die now in order to revive it later is as foolish as it is unnecessary.

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