OTTAWA, May 13 /CNW/ - The Conference Board of Canada today launched the
Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC), a five-year,
multi-million dollar initiative that seeks to improve the Canadian
health system as a whole - as well as health-care practices within
firms and organizations.
"The sustainability of the health-care system is a priority for Canadian
governments and for many organizations in both the private and public
sectors," said Anne Golden, President and Chief Executive Officer, The
Conference Board of Canada. "Most Canadians understand that our public
health-care system is facing severe fiscal challenges, and that reform
is needed so that it will be effective, efficient, fair and sustainable
The work of CASHC will help Canadians to better understand the
conditions for a sustainable health-care system, which includes
Financial sustainability: current and future health-care spending,
fiscal balances, and public and private investment and expenditures.
Firm-level performance: the relationship among health-related costs,
workforce health and firm performance.
Institutional factors: ways in which the health-care system can be
improved, while addressing quality of care.
The Conference Board of Canada is uniquely positioned to support CASHC.
In addition to conducting quantitative analysis of Canadian health and
the health-care system, the Conference Board also has established
expertise in health policy, governance, and organizational excellence.
And the Conference Board has the capacity to facilitate dialogue among
leaders in different sectors on implications and policy options.
"Health care reform in Canada needs champions from business, as well as
from non-profit and public sectors. Helping to find solutions to
Canada's health-care challenges is a priority for Deloitte, and we are
proud to partner with The Conference Board of Canada on this
comprehensive program of research and dialogue," said Alan MacGibbon,
Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Deloitte.
A number of public and private sector organizations are already
supporting CASHC, including:
Champion Investors: Deloitte; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Lead Investors: Sun Life Financial.
Partners: CML Healthcare Inc.; The Cooperators Group Limited; IBM Canada Ltd.;
Loblaw Companies Limited; Mercer (Canada) Limited; Scotiabank; TD
Financial Group; Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.
Participants: Canadian Association for Retired Persons; Canada's Research-Based
Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D); The Credit Valley Hospital & Trillium
Health Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children.
Scholar-in-Residence Sponsor: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
To launch this five-year initiative, the Conference Board will assess
the fiscal sustainability of the publicly-funded health-care system
nationally, and by province and territory. Subsequent research will
include detailed analysis of financial pressures and reform options in
the health-care system—identifying implications and enabling discussion
of policy options.
Anne Golden and Glen Hodgson, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist,
The Conference Board of Canada, are available to respond to media
inquiries about CASHC today (May 13) after 2 p.m. at the Deloitte
office in Toronto (30 Wellington St. W). Upon arrival, media should ask
to be directed to the Edmonton Room.
SOURCE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA
For further information:
Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 448