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Policy Briefing: Health Policy Briefing

For-profit facilities leave seniors vulnerable

How we take care of seniors when they are most vulnerable and need the greatest support is an important public policy challenge. Our decisions about financing and delivery of long-term care services will be important to ensure that seniors receive the quality care they deserve.
Our health-care system must adapt as baby boomers reach retirement age.
We would have ready access to the best evidence to support health workforce innovations and to support those who must make the hard decisions about health workforce issues. An observatory would help to shift us away from crisis management towards an approach that is future-oriented.
As the 2014 deadline for the renewal of the 2004 Health Accord creeps closer, more attention must be given to supporting the vital role of family caregivers.
Hospital funding tops $47-billion, largest health-care cost.
Canada falls short on home care services.
We need to move from a discourse where we always ask for more money to one about how we can improve the value of what we get for the money.
Real innovation means changing how we compensate and incent the people who have the biggest impact on quality and cost of care: health-care professionals.
Stepping up access to care, improving the quality of health services, and driving out inefficiencies and waste, while improving the patient experience, are goals worth working hard for. These gains will help to ensure that our health system remains one that we can be proud of and one that is sustainable for future generations.
Health transfer payments represent the single largest expenditure of the federal government amounting to billions of dollars annually. Is this money for nothing—or should it serve a policy purpose?
The real problem with the new funding arrangement is that it is only about money. Ottawa missing an important opportunity.
Stephen Harper once said ‘you won’t recognize Canada when I get through with it.’ It seems he’s starting with medicare.
What our health-care system needs today is leadership. Leadership to put in place the much needed reforms that have been in talks for over a decade.
We are working with key organizations to help prevent diabetes, and to improve the lives of those who have or who may develop diabetes.
Our government is committed to strengthening Canada’s health system, and my priority as the federal minister of Health is to work with my provincial and territorial colleagues towards a system that is not only more sustainable, but one that achieves better and lasting results for Canadians.
Health Canada, industry stand by decision to reclassify energy drinks as a ‘food product’ and boost caffeine levels.
Canadian Diabetes Association applauds the funding, but critics say more aggressive strategy needed.
Health-care providers say more professionals needed to address aging population and regional disparities in service, call on fed to establish Human Health Resources Observatory.
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and critics say they want a more accountable system, but observers say political debate puts money before patients.
Citing feds’ selective respect for provincial jurisdiction, the CMA calls for greater federal leadership on health file.

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