OTTAWA, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ -The Association of Canadian Academic
Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) is encouraged by a series of
investments in Budget 2011 that focus on health care and innovation.
Noting that the future of the health care system is the most important
priority for Canadians, the Association is reassured that the Canada
Health Transfer will continue to grow at 6% in 2011. Furthermore,
investments in palliative care, a family caregiver tax credit, and
removing the limit on the medical expense tax credit recognizes the
increasing burden of care placed on families. As well, debt forgiveness
for physicians and nurses who practice in rural and remote areas is
"While Budget 2011 contains a number of positive measures, there
continues to be a need to extend infrastructure funding to some of our
most cherished public health institutions in the country", said Mr.
Glenn Brimacombe, President & CEO, ACAHO. "There is a role for the
federal government to contribute to renewing many institutions that
were built at the beginning of Medicare, and build new facilities to
care for our aging population". Such investments will help to create
jobs, improve environmental standards, increase efficiency and cost
savings, attract talent, and improve care. We look forward to
continuing this conversation with the federal government.
When it comes to health research and innovation, the Association sees
progress with investments in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(CIHR) and their Strategy on Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR); the
Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program; Genome Canada; Canada Brain
Research Fund; and the Indirect Costs program. Members of ACAHO are
leaders in the generation of health research and the early adoption of
applied health system innovations - which are essential in stretching
each public dollar further while improving health outcomes. Members
also play a crucial role along the health
"Recognizing our economic challenges, there are opportunities for the
federal government to invest in strategic areas that can have a direct
impact on our quality of life, and standard of living and improve our
collective health and wealth", said Mr. Brimacombe. As we move closer
to 2014 - and the expiration of the 2004 Health Accord - the
Association looks forward to advancing a public dialogue on the role of
the federal government in health, health care, research and innovation
and their contributions to improving system performance and outcomes.
Finally, ACAHO will continue to advocate to the federal government to
amend the Excise Tax Act to increase the GST rebate to 100% for
hospitals, institutions, facilities and agencies. As it stands, the GST
removes $300 million annually of federal funding from the health
system, and over $1.7 Billion over the last 5 years.
Members of ACAHO are leaders of innovative and transformational
organizations that serve a unique and essential role in the system:
they educate the next generation of health care professionals, advance
leading-edge innovative practices through health research, and provide
much of the specialized health care services to Canadians.
To advance patient care and the health & well-being of Canadians through research discovery
To create an environment in which research discovery, innovation and learning
benefit patients, populations, health systems and the economy.
SOURCE ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN ACADEMIC HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS
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