As co-Chairs of HEAL, Mr. Glenn Brimacombe and Dr. Karen Cohen, along with representatives from the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association, met with Premier Brad Wall (Saskatchewan) and Premier Robert Ghiz (Prince Edward Island) and the Provincial & Territorial Ministers of Health to discuss the progress to-date of the Health Care Innovation Working Group. HEAL looks forward to continuing to participate in the working group process to accelerate the adoption of applied health innovations across the country.
Given the role and contributions that HEAL has made to the Council of the Federation process to-date and the work of the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG), we have developed a backgrounder entitled “Contributing to the Council of the Federation’s Health Care Innovation Working Groups…Some Health Providers ABCs”. The document speaks to the important impact that providers can have on the process, both at the national, and provincial and territorial level.
As part of HEAL's strategic plan, there are a number of initiatives that we are involved in which include:
Formed in 1991, HEAL - the Organizations for Health Action (formerly known as the Health Action Lobby) - is a coalition of 41 national health organizations that represents a broad cross-section of health providers, health regions, institutions and facilities. HEAL represents more than half-a-million providers and consumers of health care.
HEAL was created out of concern over the erosion of the federal government’s role in supporting a national health system. Through its history, HEAL has met with representatives of the federal government, presented Briefs to Standing Committees, and released background a series of policy papers covering a range of health policy issues, including: the role of the federal government in funding health care; health human resources; entry-to-practice issues; and the Canada Health Act.