HEAL News Releases

HEAL releases report to encourage public discussion about the role  of the federal government in health and health care

OTTAWA, March 31, 2014 – Canada’s 2004 Health Accord expires today.  With no new agreement in its place, the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), who represent more than half a million front line providers and consumers of health care, is very concerned about the future of health and health care in Canada.  It is a future whose success depends on the leadership and engagement of the federal government.

OTTAWA – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is very concerned by the federal government’s recent decision to withdraw funding for the Health Council of Canada.

“This decision is a signal to Canadians that the future of health and health care is not a priority. Nothing could be further from the truth. Public opinion polls consistently rank the future of health care in Canada as one of the most important public policy priorities,” said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, HEAL Co-Chair. “What message is the federal government sending to Canadians about its commitment and role when it comes to health?”

OTTAWA, July 26, 2012 – 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.

OTTAWA - For Canada to rank among countries with the healthiest populations, we need a broadly shared vision of health and health care, sustained leadership by the federal government, as well as action and accountability on the parts of provincial and territorial governments, health care providers and the public.

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) today called on all political parties to focus on the health system during the federal election campaign. HEAL is a coalition of 35 national health organizations that represents a broad cross-section of health providers, health regions, institutions & facilities.

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) acknowledges the federal government’s continued commitment to investing in Canada’s health system through the Canada Health Transfer, which will increase by 6% for each of the next four years.

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) offered a mixed response to yesterday’s release of the Harper Government’s second budget. HEAL applauds the Government’s focus on the environment, which has direct links to the health of Canadians, as well as select social programs. HEAL cautions, however, that the future well-being and health of Canadians is also critically dependent upon funding for coordinated health human resource planning aimed at providing all Canadians greater access to the health services they require to lead productive, healthy and happy lives.

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) offered a mixed response to yesterday’s release of the Harper Government’s first budget, indicating support in general but cautioning that additional funding for ongoing health initiatives including health human resources must remain a government priority.

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) released a discussion paper today calling on governments to recognize the importance of adopting a pan-Canadian approach to health human resources (HHR).

The Health Action Lobby, Canadian Healthcare Association, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Pharmacists Association have released a joint vision statement on the future of the health care system entitled: Meeting the health care needs of Canadians. This statement is designed for Canadian voters as they prepare to cast their ballot on January 23, 2006.