OTTAWA, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Health Minister Rona Ambrose has taken a
welcome step in appointing an advisory panel on health care innovation.
We applaud this panel's plan to focus recommendations on potential
federal actions that will complement provincial and territorial efforts
to improve their health systems.
The Canadian Medical Association agrees with the minister that embracing
and supporting innovation is the key to improving quality health care
for Canadians. This is particularly true when it comes to seniors care.
Far too many seniors are in hospital beds across the country when they
could — and should — be in either long-term care facilities or at home
with assistance. Unfortunately, we face a serious deficit in community
care facilities and programs. This is a part of the system where we
badly need innovation and a national strategy.
Minister Ambrose stressed the need for innovation when she took over the
health portfolio less than a year ago. We are pleased to see her
solidify the federal government's leadership role in health care.
Canada's doctors look forward to collaborating with the Advisory Panel
on Health Care Innovation and offer our support to advance their
Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, President, Canadian Medical Association
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
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