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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.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Former Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at age 82: some photos from his life on the Hill April 22, 2014

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Herb Gray, the former Liberal MP, Cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister, pictured here with his daughter Elizabeth Gray-Smith, died on Monday, April 21 at the age of 82. He served in Parliament of 39 years and was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs.
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Herb Gray and his former assistant Eugene Lang, pictured at a Hill reception.
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Herb Gray, pictured on his way to a U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party in Ottawa. Mr. Gray may have not been in the House in his later years, but he regularly attended Hill-related receptions.
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Herb Gray at a menorah-lighting ceremony on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured back in his Centre Block office when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office, being interviewed by Bill Curry, who was a reporter for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office back when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill posing for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured on Parliament Hill.
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Herb Gray pictured with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg, on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray, pictured on a rainy day on the Hill.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray.
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Herb Gray, centre, pictured with the late Liberal MP Shaughnessy Cohen, and Windsor Star Hill reporter Paul McKeague, during a Hill fire drill.
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Herb Gray, who went esophagus cancer in 1996 and beat it, is pictured here in a Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray, pictured at a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa on his way into a special Cabinet minister back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum. Allan Thompson, left, was a reporter with The Toronto Star, and Paul McKeague, pictured right behind Mr. Gray, was never far behind the MP from Windsor.
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Herb Gray in another Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray in his Centre Block office back when he was a Cabinet minister. He collected, framed, and hung up most of the editorial cartoons of himself in his Centre Block office.
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Herb Gray and his many framed cartoons.
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Herb Gray and his editorial cartoons, pictured in his Centre Block office.

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