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OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) joins other members of Canada's Health Action Lobby (HEAL) to remind federal leaders that Canadians want government to make the challenges facing our health-care system a priority. Public opinion research consistently reveals that Canadians care deeply about finding the sustainable and cost-effective options that will enhance our national health. Yet, to date, policy debates associated with the 2015 federal election have rarely focused on health care.

Through its Consensus Statement entitled The Canadian Way - Accelerating Innovation and Improving Health System Performance, HEAL has issued a call to action, contending that an effective health system depends on enhanced collaboration among all levels of government. HEAL also expects the federal government to re-assert its legitimate and facilitative leadership role.

 

"For its part, the CAMRT is also committed to finding sustainable and cost-effective options to improve healthcare in Canada," says CAMRT CEO, François Couillard. "The CAMRT has been active in promoting greater collaboration amongst all healthcare actors, for example, sponsoring a resolution for increased collaboration and coordination on optimizing professional scopes of practice, which was debated and passed during the Great Canadian Healthcare Debate at the 2015 National Health Leaders Conference."

HEAL is a coalition of 39 national health and consumer associations and organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health system. Created in 1991, and representing more than 650,000 health-care providers and Canada's largest health organizations, the major focus of HEAL's activities has been on the federal role in health and health care. The Canadian Way Consensus Statement calls for health sector reform and funding initiatives grounded in compassion, consensus, and collaboration.

For further information:

For the Health Action Lobby:

Lisa Robertson
613-739-7032
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Susan Wright
519-703-2020
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www.healthactionlobby.ca
@CanadaHEAL

Read The Canadian Way at http://tinyurl.com/q3c7gyl;

For the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

Christopher Topham, Director of Advocacy and Communications
613-234-0012, x 230
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www.camrt.ca