HALIFAX, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Provincial and Territorial health and
wellness ministers are forging ahead on innovation to enhance the
health of Canadians.
Provincial and Territorial Ministers were joined briefly by telephone by
Premiers Brad Wall and Robert Ghiz, the Co-Chairs of Health Care
Innovation Working Group, to discuss how to implement the
recommendations of the report, "From Innovation to Action".
They also discussed the ambitious new agenda of the Working Group in the
areas of Clinical Practice Guidelines, Appropriateness of Care, Team
Based Models, achieving further savings for brand name and generic
drugs and continuous improvements through LEAN management principles.
"Our focus is to improve patient care by collaborating across
jurisdictions so that the best ideas are easier to implement in another
province or territory and that all Canadians are getting the best value
for our investments in health care. We want to share innovation not
just talk about it," said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson who
chaired the meeting. "I'm impressed with the progress made and this was
very much a working meeting."
Promotion of healthy life styles and the prevention of disease,
disability and injury are important aspects of the sustainability of
health systems. Ministers discussed recent progress and opportunities
for further collaboration in support of healthy living, such as tobacco
reduction, access to healthy food, nutrition information and physical
activity. In particular, they agreed to encourage the federal
government to expand the Nutrition North Canada program to ensure
Canadians living in northern and remote communities can benefit from
improved access to healthy foods.
To drive health care transformation, P/T Ministers discussed their
commitment to collaborate further on quality, compassion, care and
sustainability of long term care for seniors.
Further, PT Ministers unanimously agreed to ask Health Canada to delay
consideration of the approval of the generic form of Oxycontin pending
Ministers discussed how the shift in the federal government's approach
on health issues is impacting Canadians. Ministers would like to
discuss with Minister Aglukkaq decisions made by the federal government
SOURCE: Government of Nova Scotia
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