"Restricting access to technology is part of the rationing of healthcare
in Canada," says President of the CMA
TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Dr. Brian Day, President of the Canadian Medical
Association, spoke to members of the MEDEC - Canada's medical device
technology companies - at MEDEC MedTech 2008: MEDEC's AGM, Conference and
President's Awards Presentation. The theme of this year's event at the Toronto
Congress Centre was "Accelerating Access" to medical device technologies in
"To save a few thousand today, we are costing the next generation
hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Day of the long-term price Canadians
pay for wait lists. "Restricting access to technology is part of the rationing
of healthcare in Canada."
Dr. Day described Canada's poor healthcare system ranking amongst other
OECD countries, suggesting that there is hope for improvement if we "empower
the patient" by making the healthcare system more patient-focused. "We should
be way up there," said Dr. Day of Canada's potential for success in achieving
the highest value for every healthcare dollar spent.
Also speaking at the event were Bill McLeod, CEO of the
Mississauga-Halton LHIN (Local Health Integration Network); Dr. Les Levin,
Head of the Medical Advisory Secretariat (the Government of Ontario unit that
provides policy advice on the uptake of new health technologies to the
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care); and Stephen Ubl, President and CEO of
AdvaMed - the association representing the medical device technology industry
in the U.S.
The guest speakers' presentations were preceded by MEDEC's President's
Awards for Outstanding Member and Committee, which recognize the efforts of
MEDEC members on behalf of the association. This year, Greg Leblanc of Cook
(Canada) Inc. and Beth Witney of Alcon Canada Inc. are co-recipients of the
Outstanding Member Awards, and the Diabetes Committee Strategy Task Force was
awarded the President's Award for Outstanding MEDEC Committee. Strategy Task
Force members include: Les Klajnscek, LifeScan Canada Ltd.; Don Rusnak,
LifeScan Canada Ltd.; Shiera Stuart, Bayer HealthCare; Jean-Guy Cyr, Roche
Diagnostics; and James Deeks, MEDEC.
"These awards honour the work of our members that so often goes above and
beyond the scope of their roles within their individual companies," said MEDEC
President Stephen Dibert. "Accelerating access to medical device technologies
and advancing patient health is behind everything they do."
MEDEC is the national association created by and for the Canadian medical
device industry. MEDEC is the primary source for advocacy, information and
education on the medical device industry for members, the greater healthcare
community, industry partners and the general public. The medical device
industry in Canada employs over 35,000 Canadians in close to 1,500 corporate
facilities, and contributes nearly $6 billion in national sales per annum.
MEDEC's focus is on ensuring access to proven, safe technology and new,
innovative medical technology developed by member companies. Access
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