HEAL Gov. Submissions

On a regular basis, HEAL appears as a witness before Standing Committees of the House of Commons (e.g., Health and Finance) and submits written Briefs.

HEAL is pleased to offer this pre-budget brief and will be addressing the following theme laid out by the Standing Committee on Finance: “Supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training.”


Recommendations:
  1. Explore the concept of a Demographic Top-Up Transfer; this is based on the assumption that it is reasonable for the federal government to provide a stable proportion of funding that stands at no less than 25% of total provincial and territorial spending on health services
  2. Establish a National Health Innovation Fund targeted in three priority areas: primary health care; mental health and addictions; health human resources
  3. Develop a national strategy based on the adoption of a common set of national health system performance indicators that cover the full continuum of care

 

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This backgrounder was prepared by the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) for its member organizations of health providers and organizations involved in the delivery of health care to share with their respective memberships. More specifically, its intention is to inform and engage the health provider community about how they may choose to contribute and participate in the Council of the Federation Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG), and the two sub-groups that have been established; that is Clinical Practice Guidelines Appropriateness, and Team-Based Models of Care.

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The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is a coalition of 34 national health and consumer associations and organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health system, collectively representing over a half million providers and consumers of health services in Canada. It is with this comprehensive membership, and its broad lens, that HEAL presents three recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s deliberations leading to Budget 2012.

Mindful that a healthy population is critical to a sustained economic recovery and future productivity and prosperity, HEAL has identified three areas where we believe the Government of Canada can play an important role in advancing the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of the health system, and create quality jobs that contribute to a balanced budget.

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The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is a coalition of 38 national health and consumer associations and organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health system, collectively representing over a half million providers and consumers of health services in Canada. It is with this comprehensive membership, and its broad lens, that HEAL presents three recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance's deliberations leading to Budget 2011.

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The implementation of Medicare in the 1960s required a major investment in capacity-building to train health professionals.  The Heath Resources Fund Act – introduced by the federal government in 1966 played a key role in enabling a significant expansion in training capacity across the provinces for a range of health practitioners.  Over forty years later, with the challenges associated with an aging workforce and a higher volume and complexity of population health needs, the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) believes that bold action is once again required.

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The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is pleased to have the opportunity to make a positive and lasting contribution to the future of our much-valued publicly funded health care system through this submission to the Royal Commission on the Future of Canada’s Health Care System. HEAL commends the Prime Minister for establishing the Commission and looks forward to the outcome of Commissioner Romanow’s deliberations on building a sustainable publicly funded system that meets the changing health needs of Canadians, now and into the future.

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