TORONTO, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Canada's Premiers spoke about
their continuing work to improve Canada's healthcare system. The
Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS) is a supportive
partner in the Premiers efforts to manage healthcare costs, while
ensuring access to high quality care.
"CACDS looks forward to ongoing work with Canada's Premiers as they
consider key initiatives that can strengthen the healthcare system
while reducing costs. For instance, the pharmacy community is in
discussions with various governments on our proposed plan that could
save governments across Canada between $8.5 billion and $11 billion
over the next three years - a much larger amount than isolated changes
can deliver - while at the same time significantly enhancing the
quality of the patient experience in Canada," said Denise Carpenter,
President and CEO of CACDS.
Canada's Premiers also spoke about the need to expand access to
services, and enhance the quality of care by taking a closer look at
the themes of appropriateness of care and seniors care. Canada's
neighborhood pharmacies applauds this focus.
Neighourhood pharmacy's proposal 9000 Points of Care: Improving Access to Affordable Healthcare addresses the appropriateness of care and access to care through a
combination of initiatives including; expanded scope of practice for
pharmacists; improved accessibility of health services through the
pharmacy; and, building appropriate infrastructure to help Canadians
manage chronic diseases and prevent adverse drug reactions.
"Canada's pharmacy community can assist in lowering the cost of
healthcare delivery while also improving patient health outcomes. Our
work compliments the Premiers focus on opportunities within the
team-based model framework to increase the important role that pharmacy
plays in ensuring the delivery and provision of front line services,"
CACDS is encouraged by recent discussions with governments that
recognize the valuable role that pharmacy can play in improving patient
outcomes through the accessibility and quality of care pharmacy offer.
About the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores
CACDS is the national association advocating for neighbourhood pharmacy
in Canada. The retail members of CACDS operate 2,600 pharmacies and
employ almost 7,500 pharmacists in Ontario, delivering healthcare
closer to home. The association provides its members with a wide range
of services including representation of industry viewpoints to
governments and stakeholders, authoritative research and partnership
initiatives — all in the interest of enhancing the value of
neighbourhood pharmacy to patients and consumers. Visit us online at www.cacds.com or www.9000pointsofcare.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores
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