(Ottawa) – The Federal Budget released today provides important investment in several areas of health and health research. Canadians will now want that investment to be matched with sustained federal leadership to support the innovation and transformation underway to improve the health of Canadians.
“Canada’s health care providers, institutions, researchers and others are innovating every day to transform our system and improve the health of Canadians,” said Paul-Émile Cloutier, President and CEO of HealthCareCAN. “The federal government has again demonstrated it is willing to support improvements in health, and health organizations are ready to deliver that commitment on the front lines.”
Investment to advance reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis are especially welcome. HealthCareCAN recently produced a report highlighting Wise Practices that can serve as an important support in helping Canadian leaders work to close the health gap facing Indigenous Peoples.
HealthCareCAN was pleased to see the federal government provide further support to mitigate the opioid crisis, to set up a national suicide prevention service, move forward on development of national pharmacare, help people with rare diseases pay for their medication and create a national dementia strategy among other initiatives.
The new Strategic Sciences Fund will require the government to work closely with HealthCareCAN and our members to ensure the newly announced fund is robust, inclusive and adequately supports health research in Canada. This and other research-related items in Budget 2019 demonstrate a commitment to respond to recommendations contained in Canada’s Fundamental Science Review released in 2017. Canada’s research and health community is eager to see that commitment continue.
“While Budget 2019 has also rightly focused on the serious infrastructure needs of municipalities, the government has continued to demonstrate a serious oversight by failing to recognize the critical infrastructure deficit facing hospitals and healthcare organizations across the country,” added Mr. Cloutier. “It is time that oversight is corrected.”
“Much has been made about this being an election budget aimed at supporting the middle class, but health is critical to all Canadians,” “We must continue to work to ensure no one is left behind, or left out.” added Mr. Cloutier.
HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations and hospitals across Canada. We advocate for solutions that enhance the health of Canadians through innovation and research.
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