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Policy Briefing: HEALTH

Health care has gone ‘beyond the minister,’ Cabinet must move forward on policy changes, say experts

Experts, critics, and stakeholders say with the 2004 federal-provincial health accord set to expire in 2014 they want to know what the feds' plans are. They're still waiting.
Our health-care system is at a tipping point and needs to be modernized, and not in the patchwork fashion that we have seen governments use over the past few decades.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper would rather treat the federal government as an ATM for the provinces than defend the Canada Health Act and work to improve health care for all Canadians.
Federal government has key role to play in coordinating a strategy to better protect amateur athletes from concussions and other traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
Increase the number of complex care and assisted living beds. Appropriate patients should be directed to these beds and away from those in the emergency room.
How funds made available by Health Canada have made for life-changing improvements to one northern Canadian, and indirectly, for many others.
Experts say the health-care system will implode if the federal government will not continue support under the federal-provincial health accord, and are looking for focused, targeted support and leadership.
Private, for-profit delivery alongside non-profit delivery almost inevitably means a two-tier system that lengthens average wait times. And for-profit organizations tend to be of lower quality, whether they are in hospital, dialysis unit or a nursing home
Let's repeat this very clearly: Canadians pay $2-billion extra on prescription drugs in order to get in return a net expenditure of $533-million by drug companies.
The current federal-provincial accord governing the Canada Health Transfer expires in 2014 and early preparations for the next round of negotiations are underway. At this stage, signs are not encouraging.

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