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.

“The Liberal, NDP and Green party platforms all align with HEAL’s call for federal commitment to healthcare in The Canadian Way, said Dr. Karen Cohen, HEAL Co-chair. “Investment in long-term and community-based primary care, national support for improved catastrophic drug coverage, and meaningful improvements in access to mental health care are welcome news for Canadians looking to Ottawa for leadership in health care.”

The Canadian Way is a historic consensus among Canada’s health organizations. It identifies a series of important initiatives led or supported by the Federal Government that will improve healthcare across the country. These include a national community-based health infrastructure fund, a national health innovation fund and a shared performance improvement framework using common indicators.

“HEAL believes the federal government should lead health care reform efforts by committing to a working relationship with the provinces and territories, now and into the future,” added Mr. Michael Brennan, HEAL Co-chair. “Health and health care is a priority for Canadians.  We are encouraged that our political parties share in this priority.  Canadians deserve nothing less  .”