HEAL News Releases

HEAL has released a number of News Releases commenting on a number of public policy issues from a health pespective. Should you wish for HEAL to comment on an issue, please contact the HEAL Co-Chairs.

In responding to Tuesday’s federal budget, members of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) were pleased with the federal government’s intent, in principle, to focus on “predictable” and “sustainable” funding for health, as well as its commitment to an accountable health system. For many years, HEAL has been urging governments to respond to its call for an Accountable health system, that has Sustainable, Adequate and Predictable funding - an “A.S.A.P.” approach – across the continuum of care. HEAL welcomes the modest steps towards this end that are evidenced in today’s budget.

An Open Letter to

The Honourable Anne McLellan
Minister of Health
Government of Canada
Minister’s Office – Health Canada
Brooke Claxton Bldg.
Tunney’s Pasture
P.L. 0906C
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Fax: (613) 952-1154

The Honourable Jane Purves
Minister of Health
Province of Nova Scotia
Department of Health
4th Floor, Joseph Howe Bldg
1690 Hollis Street
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8
Fax: (902) 424-0559

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is looking forward to the establishment of the National Health Council, which will ensure accountability and sustainability of the health system in Canada.


In responding to today’s federal budget, members of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) welcomed the federal government’s investment in health care to address the sustainability of our health system, supported by long-term fiscal commitments. “This increased funding will help to address some of the severe difficulties Canadians are experiencing in accessing the health system,” says Pamela Fralick, HEAL Co-Chair. “Further this health care system of the future must respond to the needs of Canadians, providing a seamless continuum of care.”

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL), a coalition of 33 national health and consumer groups, is pleased to support the First Ministers’ Health Accord, and recognizes that it is a start.

“But, does it go far enough?” questions Pamela Fralick, HEAL’s co-chair. “The real test of this agreement will be whether health services are more accessible. Canadians will only know if the governments got it right when they see improvements. While HEAL is encouraged with the funding for an increased continuum of care - covering home care, supports for family caregivers, pharmacare, and specific public health needs, we are concerned that this agreement has not given enough financial support for the current system.”

The Health Action Lobby (HEAL), a coalition of more than 30 national health and consumer groups, is writing to express our support for an immediate action plan framed by shared, common objectives and clear priorities to address the sustainability of our health system, and supported by new, long-term fiscal commitments.