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Ottawa, ON – The Canadian College of Health Leaders (the College) and HealthCareCAN join other members of Canada’s Health Action Lobby (HEAL) to remind federal leaders that Canadians want government to make the challenges facing our healthcare 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. And healthy Canadians make for a healthy and competitive economy. Yet, to date, policy debates associated with the 2015 federal election have rarely focused on healthcare.

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 their part, the College and HealthCareCAN, organized the Great Canadian Healthcare Debate (the Debate) as part of the National Health Leadership Conference held June 15–16, 2015 in Charlottetown, PEI. The Debate identified policy issues of significant importance to Canada’s health leaders that need to be addressed in order to improve our health systems.

During the Debate the top 10 motions, resulting from a Call for Motions widely distributed to health leaders in Canada, were presented to conference delegates. Delegates voted on their priorities and identified funding for mental health, electronic health records and a national pharmaceutical strategy as the top 3 motions. Following the Debate, a pledge card was sent to Canadian Members of Parliament and to confirmed candidates for the October 2015 federal election, asking them to pledge their support to the top 3 resolutions adopted by delegates.

“The federal government is a significant provider of health services across the country and a key enabler for collaboration with the provinces and territories on complex, emerging health issues,” said Ray Racette, CHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of the College. “All countries with high-performing health systems have been able to establish collaborative political structures that support the improvement agenda.”

“Investing in healthcare, research and innovation not only makes sense from a health perspective, but from an economic one too. There are serious challenges facing the healthcare system in Canada and now more than ever Canadians are looking for leadership and vision on this issue,” said Bill Tholl, President and CEO of HealthCareCAN. “Healthcare institutions and providers are ready to do their share in crafting a better future for the health of Canadians. We need to know what role each party intends to play in leading change,” he concluded.

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Canadian College of Health Leaders
The Canadian College of Health Leaders is a national, member-driven, non-profit association dedicated to ensuring that the country’s health system benefits from capable, competent and effective leadership. With 21 chapters across the country, representing thousands of individual and corporate members, the College offers capabilities-based credentialling, professional development opportunities, and an extensive career network.
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HealthCareCAN
HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations across Canada. We foster informed and continuous, results-oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. We act with others to enhance the health of the people of Canada; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.

Health Action Lobby
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.
http://www.healthactionlobby.ca | The Canadian Way

Contacts

Canadian College of Health Leaders
Ray J. Racette, MHA, CHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
613-235-7218 / 1-800-363-9056
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HealthCareCAN
Lucie Boileau
Director of Communications, Marketing and Government Relations
613-241-8005
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Health Action Lobby
Lisa Robertson
Hillbrooke Group
613-739-7032
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Susan Wright
Hillbrooke Group
519-703-2020
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