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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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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
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The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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