Member Gov. Submissions


The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), the national voice of psychiatry, appreciates the opportunity to respond to the call for submission by the Advisory Panel on Health Innovation.

While innovation is an often overused term, the CPA is very pleased to see the federal government show leadership in looking at how proven, applied health innovations can have an impact in providing Canadians with better health, better care and better value – which are the foundation of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple-Aim approach.

While the CPA shares the view that we need to accelerate the pace at which we need to transform the health system from an organization, finance, delivery and management perspective, an important component is to develop national mechanisms that communicate on-the-ground innovations that are having a cost-effective impact. Currently, this is not in place.

We know there are pockets of excellence that exist across this country, however, we do not have the national mechanisms, strategies and resources to disseminate them across governments and providers, nor do we always have in place the combination of sustainable change management strategies that will ensure their long-term adoption. Clearly, we have work to do, and we look forward to the findings of the Panel.

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The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) appreciates the opportunity to comment on innovation that we know is improving the healthcare system, and to provide our perspective on approaches that would contribute to ongoing improvement. We applaud the Panel for their emphasis on gathering big ideas and perspectives from a broad range of the population, to inform your work and ultimately, the advice you will provide to the Minister of Health. Bold transformative change is needed to provide Canadians with a sustainable health care system that meets their needs and expectations now and into the future. We have chosen to focus on three key areas as they related to the practice of medical radiation technology in our brief:

  • Health Human Resources
  • Appropriate Diagnostic Imaging
  • Collaborative Innovation


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There is currently a growing nation-wide shortage of medical laboratory technologists. Without long-term investments, a shortage of qualified medical laboratory professionals will have an extremely negative impact on patient care in Canada.

To ensure that all Canadians have access to quality health care, it is imperative to include medical laboratory technology graduates in existing and new incentive programs aimed at recruiting and retaining health care professionals in our rural communities.

CSMLS has created the following written submission for the Standing Committee on Finance and is suggesting the following two recommendations be considered for inclusion in the 2015 federal budget.

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The CPA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the deliberations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and focuses its recommendations primarily on the theme of, “Supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training”.

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Dementia is a devastating disease. It slowly destroys memory and reasoning, erodes independence and, eventually, takes life. The Alzheimer Society of Canada is eager to partner with the federal government to help achieve a national dementia plan for Canada that will provide support for people with dementia and curb the rising human and financial costs of this disease.

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The nature of work has changed dramatically over the last generation, and so has landscape of retirement savings. Careers are no longer based on employer; instead they are more often associated with profession. For example, a lawyer, engineer or physiotherapist does not work for one employer, firm or clinic throughout their career, but will maintain their professional designation. This is why the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) proposes changes to the Income Tax Act which would allow for professional associations to administer multi-employer pooled pension funds.

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SAC is dedicated to improving communication health in Canada. Communication health includes everything from speech, hearing and language to swallowing, balance and auditory processing.

SAC has worked to achieve high national standards of practice in speech-language pathology and audiology in Canada and maintains a strong tradition of collaborating with provincial and territorial professional associations and regulatory bodies as well as working closely with other health care partners.

SAC’s Recommendation:
We recommend that the federal government take a leadership role to recognize the importance of communication health and to work with provinces and territories to invest and implement comprehensive early identification and intervention programs.

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More than 11 million Canadians are affected by back pain and other musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions annually. It is the second leading reason for physician visits, the number one cause of disability, and it rivals cardiovascular disease in overall health burdens (Desjardins, 2006).

The widespread incidence of MSK conditions are a major pressure for all health systems in Canada, but this impact is proportionately much higher for populations that are the responsibility of the federal government, including Canadian Forces, Veterans, First Nations and Inuit, RCMP and inmates. There is substantial evidence that a more systemic and coordinated approach by the federal government to prevention and treatment of MSK conditions among federal populations would both improve health outcomes and reduce direct and indirect costs. As Canada’s MSK experts, the CCA is proposing two recommendations to improve the federal government’s management of MSK conditions and associated impacts.

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Of the six themes noted for input to the budget, our recommendations are most relevant to: supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training. Our recommendations also support: ensuring prosperous and secure communities, improving Canada’s taxation and regulatory regimes; and maximizing the number and types of jobs for Canadians.

Our recommendations are based on a review and synthesis of the best available evidence and are not presented in any order of priority.

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In order to improve the health and prosperity of Canadians, it is imperative that the Government of Canada play a leadership role in health and health care. By leveraging its capacity as a financing and policy partner, the federal government has the potential to provide essential pre-conditions for health and prosperity across Canada, and to ensure that all Canadians benefit from an accessible, equitable and accountable healthcare system.

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