HealthCareCAN commends federal government for putting the health of First Nations first

…and calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to hold a first ministers meeting on healthcare in the fall

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March 22, 2017 (Ottawa) – HealthcareCAN, the national voice of healthcare organizations and hospitals across Canada, commends the federal government for putting the health of First Nations first.

HealthCareCAN is pleased to see significant investments in Indigenous health. Specifically, the announcement of $828 million over 5 years along with other strategic investments will go a long way to help level the playing field in Indigenous health.

“The 2017 budget signals that the federal government is listening by investing in those areas of concern that matter most to Canadians: mental health, homecare and Indigenous health,” said Bill Tholl, President and CEO of HealthCareCAN. The federal budget confirms the health transfers negotiated bilaterally with the provinces and territories. “But checklist federalism is not enough. There is more to Canada’s healthcare system than the sum of our parts. That is why it’s time for the Prime Minister to fulfill his campaign promise to convene first ministers on healthcare,” he added.

HealthCareCAN also applauds the $100 million federal commitment to address the opioid crisis; the strategic investment in Canada Health Infoway ($300 million), the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ($51 million) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information ($53 million).

While HealthCareCAN commends the federal government for the $30 million added last year to the base budget of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, we are disappointed this year and we will be holding the federal government to account in terms of additional CIHR funding as part of the federal fall economic update. “We understand that more substantial investments are being considered. HealthCareCAN, along with H10 – our research hospitals – will hold the government to this promise for the sake of the future health researchers of Canada,” added Mr. Tholl.

HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations and hospitals across Canada. We foster informed and continuous, results-oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. We act with others to enhance the health of the people of Canada; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.

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Lucie Boileau
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lboileau@healthcarecan.ca
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The Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations and the Canadian Healthcare Association merged on January 1, 2014, to form a dynamic new national health organization. Now known as HealthCareCAN, our mission and vision are aspirational and optimistic and embody what we can accomplish together to improve organizational and health system outcomes.

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