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Heart disease funding needed for when prevention isn’t enough

By Catherine Kells      

Canada’s inability to measure and improve outcomes on a national scale is not only a critical health issue, but an economic issue.

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society is urging Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, pictured, and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to fund the group's heart health initiative in Budget 2018, which would see the implementation of a pan-Canadian measurement and reporting system. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

February is Heart Health Month in North America, and the government of Canada is, as always, engaging in campaigns centred on keeping the hearts of Canadians healthy through preventative measures. In a public message issued earlier this month, for instance, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor highlighted recent federal investments into anti-smoking programs and healthy eating initiatives, and encouraged Canadians to “make one change to protect or improve their heart health”. Prevention of heart disease is important, and the

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