Health Care

WHEREAS past federal payments to provinces/territories under the Canada Health Act have been the result of federal/provincial/territorial negotiation; and

WHEREAS the proposed federal funding after 2018 will be determined on a provincial/territorial per capita basis but does not recognize costs related to demographic factors including age(1*); and

WHEREAS quality standards are not adequately defined(2*); and

WHEREAS the level of access to health care throughout rural Canada is increasingly difficult to maintain(3*); and

WHEREAS improving cost efficiencies is essential to ensuring the financial sustainability of health care(4*); therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that a Liberal Government will amend the Canada Health Act to provide that the annual payment to provinces/territories be subject to consultation between the federal/provincial/territorial governments; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Liberal Government recognize, in setting funding levels, that health care costs vary with all demographic factors, and provincial/territorial payments must reflect such factors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a Liberal Government join the ongoing provincial/territorial “Innovative Health Care Initiative”(5*,6*,7*) which has already begun to achieve improvements in quality standards, delivery standards and cost efficiencies as well as ways to improve health care access for rural residents.

Senior Liberals’ Commission

(1*) http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/12/19/health-transfer-payments-flaherty_n_1158072.html

(2*) http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hcs-sss/pubs/qual/2000-qual/index-eng.php

(3*) http://publications.gc.ca/Collection-R/LoPBdP/BP/prb0245-e.htm

(4*) http://gis.emro.who.int/healthsystemobservatory/Workshops/QatarConference/PPt[RH1]

(5*) http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/exec/0117n02.htm

(6*) http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2012-06-04/article-2995720/Ghiz-Wall-looking-to-standardize-health-services/1

(7*) http://policymonitor.ca/premiers-release-health-care-innovation-working-group-report

 

6 Responses to “Health Care”

  1. Doug. Burt 03. Feb, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Please consider adding something on palliative care. Approximately only 30% of Canadians have access to good palliative services. Although one must remember this is not a uniquely seniors’ issue, by and large more seniors are affected. Effective and efficient palliative care services reduce emergency room visits, reduce length of stay in hospital, reduce fatigue and illness among primary caregivers, etc. The most effective programs are largely volunteer managed. I suggest the Liberal party commit to working closely with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association the provincial associations and provincial Ministries of Health with a view to providing a base amount of dedicated funding to support palliative care programs. Such a commitment should indicate that a decision will be made and action taken within a year. The research has been done; action is what is needed.

  2. Lois McGrattan 11. Feb, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    I wish there was more co-operation between the Federal Govt. and the Provinces, especially in health care.

    For instance: why do some procedures get covered in one Prov. but not in another?

    Why can’t a Canadian travel anywhere in Canada and be covered?

    Why can’t foreign doctors and nurses be qualified here more often. ie: a Doctor I met was qualified in England and The USA, but not here!! He moved to the USA.

    We need doctors who may move to communities where there is no doctor…of course they have to be qualified, but are we deliberately keeping them out? I do not understand it.

  3. Christene Daub 12. Feb, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    I am fully supportive of this proposed process.

  4. Susan Muma 12. Feb, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I’d like to see national standards set for some things such as drug approvals etc. It was the intention of original medicare that there be a drug program as part of the system. Since a large body can get better deals from drug companies, I think it would be useful to have a national drug program as part of medicare. This body would have a great deal of clout in bargaining with drug companies.

  5. Sheila Hurley 12. Feb, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I agree with the Liberal resolutions as stated above

  6. TedDicello 05. Feb, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    Thanks for share your opinion. Yes, It is the stage when senior required care, love, attention from their children like they do in the growing period of children. And there must be somebody who cares for him/her like a friend. I really like your article. Your community is doing great job. keep going.

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