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.
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.
"Health ministers should take note. The Canadian Way signiﬁes an unparalleled level of consensus among the health professions."
The 650,000 members of HEAL welcome today’s health announcement by the Liberal Party. This brings to three the number of national party health platforms released prior to the October 19th election. We remain hopeful that the Conservatives will have something to say about an issue that consistently ranks at the top of Canadians’ concerns.