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Canada needs a healthcare commissioner as an officer of Parliament, says Bennett

MP and MD Carolyn Bennett says the commissioner would ensure the transparency and accountability of all health and health care outcomes and spending

Inherent in a sustainable healthcare system will be the constant recognition that having an adequate 'supply' of health care requires doing everything possible to reduce the 'demand' ­ i.e. keeping Canadians healthy. The sustainability of our publicly funded healthcare system ultimately rests in the confidence Canadians have in it. Assuring universal, high quality, accessible, portable and comprehensive care, pre-paid through public financing, means nothing if only embedded in an Act of Parliament. Rather, it requires constant scrutiny and attention ­ good governance. In this complex federal system, the responsibility for the governance of health care and public health rests many places. It seems that the 'perceived crisis,' which has precipitated the need for this Royal Commission, is really a crisis of confidence focused on fears about the sustainability of the system. The finger pointing amongst the various governance structures for health care and public health must stop. We can have an exemplary system with less than 10 per cent of the GDP in a 70/30 public private split... Canadians want us to get on with it.

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Canada needs a healthcare commissioner as an officer of Parliament, says Bennett

MP and MD Carolyn Bennett says the commissioner would ensure the transparency and accountability of all health and health care outcomes and spending

Inherent in a sustainable healthcare system will be the constant recognition that having an adequate 'supply' of health care requires doing everything possible to reduce the 'demand' ­ i.e. keeping Canadians healthy. The sustainability of our publicly funded healthcare system ultimately rests in the confidence Canadians have in it. Assuring universal, high quality, accessible, portable and comprehensive care, pre-paid through public financing, means nothing if only embedded in an Act of Parliament. Rather, it requires constant scrutiny and attention ­ good governance. In this complex federal system, the responsibility for the governance of health care and public health rests many places. It seems that the 'perceived crisis,' which has precipitated the need for this Royal Commission, is really a crisis of confidence focused on fears about the sustainability of the system. The finger pointing amongst the various governance structures for health care and public health must stop. We can have an exemplary system with less than 10 per cent of the GDP in a 70/30 public private split... Canadians want us to get on with it.

  
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Wednesday, December 31, 1969
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
World Press Photo 15 exhibit premiere at the Canadian War Museum, July 22 July 24, 2015

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A woman takes in the third prize for contemporary issues single photos by Italian photographer Fulvio Bugani. His series is called 'Waria: Being a Different Muslim.'
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Cees Cole, Netherlands ambassador to Canada.
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Mark O’Neill, president and CEO at the Canadian War and History museums.
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World Press Photo representative Noortje Gorter.
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Photographer Chris Roussakis, Hill Times reporter Rachel Aiello, photographer Cynthia Münster and Hill Times online editor Bea Vongdouangchanh.
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The music from these two string musicians flowed through the gallery all evening.
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Jeanine DeVos taking in the exhibit.
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Mark O’Neill, president and CEO at the Canadian War and History museums, with Silvie Morel.
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Cynthia and Yves Bled.

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