OTTAWA, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Yesterday, as part of the pre-budget
consultation process of the House of Commons Standing Committee on
Finance, Barb Mildon, president-elect of the Canadian Nurses
Association (CNA), presented a brief offering the nursing profession's
solutions for optimizing the health of our nation while improving the
sustainability of Canada's health-care system.
"To be the healthiest nation we can be, the government must prioritize
health over illness, emphasize prevention over treatment and encourage
health-care teams instead of individual practitioners," said Mildon.
"CNA believes a better system that works for all Canadians is
achievable, but the federal government needs to be a leader of change,
work collaboratively with the health-care community and make improving
the health of our nation a priority solution to a robust economy."
In its pre-budget submission, Canada's Health Accountability Plan, CNA puts forward three recommendations based on priorities of a health
system with sustainable capacity, efficient access and accountability
Lead the creation of a national unique identifier (NUI) for all Canadian
An NUI for Canadian health professionals would enable accurate count of
health human resources, ensure robust and consistent health-care
provider identification for patient electronic health records, and
improve the integration of patient health information from different
sources. The introduction of an NUI system would also secure valuable
information about stability in the health-care workforce.
Coordinate strategic priorities across national agencies to advance
community-based health services such as primary care, ambulatory care
and home care through research, innovation and knowledge translation.
A recent Health Council of Canada report shows that 44 per cent of
Canadians visited an emergency department in the past two years — more
than any other country. In 2008-2009, there were 92,000
hospitalizations in Canada of patients who required home and
community-based care rather than acute care. Having the capacity to
deliver care in the community is a feature of an efficient health
system and reduces the number of unnecessary and costly admissions and
readmissions to hospital.
Coordinate the creation of a comprehensive set of pan-Canadian health
system indicators that demonstrate quality improvement across the
continuum of care.
Progress in Canada's health-care system can be measured only with common
objectives and public reporting of meaningful and comparable
indicators. Currently, too many different quality indicators are in
use, making it difficult to effectively monitor progress or
accountability. The federal government is in a prime position to lead
the creation of a comprehensive set of pan-Canadian health system
Results of the Committee's consultations will be tabled in the House of
Commons in December 2011. The recommendations made by CNA, other
presenters and the Committee will be considered by the minister of
finance in the development of the 2012 federal budget. CNA encourages
the federal government to consider Canada's Health Accountability Plan as a means to optimize quality and realize efficiency gains for a
sustainable health system that will meet the needs of Canadians today
and into the future.
Find the complete version of CNA's pre-budget submission, Canada's Health Accountability Plan, at www.cna-aiic.ca.
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A
federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges representing 143,843 registered nurses, CNA advances the
practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and
strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
SOURCE CANADIAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
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