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The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) welcomes the report of the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG) of the Council of the Federation. The HCIWG was launched by Canada’s Premiers in January 2012 to look at how the provinces and territories can improve the quality of care that Canadians receive and overall system performance through shared innovations in service delivery that provide better health, better care and better value.

“With the direct involvement and contributions from a broad spectrum of health providers, including HEAL members, this unique pan-Canadian process has identified some important next steps in the areas of clinical practice guidelines, team-based delivery models and health human resource planning, said, Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, co-Chair of HEAL. “With strong leadership from Premiers Wall and Ghiz, and senior officials, members of HEAL look forward to continue working in partnership to transform the health system to meet the changing health needs of Canadians.”


In the view of HEAL, the HCIWG report signals the beginnings of a new national approach for governments and health providers to collaborate and identify priorities and implement innovative solutions that advance the health and health care of Canadians. HEAL is committed to working with governments and strongly encourages continued leadership from the Premiers to advance this dialogue.

“It is essential that health providers and governments work in common cause to accelerate the adoption of innovations that have been identified in the report”, said Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair of HEAL. “As we move forward, it will be important to look at how health providers deliver service across the full spectrum of care and how these services are supported and funded within the public system and private systems.”

Improving health outcomes for Canadians requires accelerated innovation. HEAL’s 36 member organizations look forward to advancing the priorities identified in the HCIWG report and to discussing with governments other areas that can be addressed through this process, including: mental health, the management of chronic disease, childhood obesity, palliative care and end-of-life care, and population health.