Dr. David Naylor named head of federal advisory panel that will explore
how the Government of Canada can foster innovation, improve patient
care and sustainability of the healthcare system
TORONTO, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Health Minister Rona Ambrose today
officially launched her new Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation.
The Minister named Dr. David Naylor to chair the panel, which is made up
of prominent Canadians from across the country providing a range of
perspectives and expertise. The other members are: Cy Frank, Neil
Fraser, Francine Girard, Toby Jenkins, Jack Mintz, Chris Power, and
Establishing the panel is an important step by the Government to foster
the kinds of innovation that improve the quality and cost-effectiveness
of our healthcare system. At the panel's first meeting today, Minister
Ambrose and the panel members discussed the tremendous potential of
innovation, and the role the panel will play in highlighting areas of
innovation that could bring the greatest value to Canada's healthcare
Healthcare spending across Canadian jurisdictions has stabilized in
recent years after an extended period of growth. There is an emerging
consensus that more money is not the solution; rather jurisdictions are
seeking better value for the healthcare dollar. Federal health
transfers are now on a long-term growth track that is fiscally
responsible and provides financial certainty for provinces and
territories as they plan to address their health needs.
Over the course of the next year, the panel will take a focused look at
the many creative ideas and approaches that exist in Canada and abroad,
identify those that hold the greatest promise for Canada, and offer its
recommendations on how the federal government can support them. The
work of the panel will be evidence-based, and will respect
jurisdictional roles as well as Canada's core healthcare values.
Minister Ambrose and her officials have been discussing healthcare
innovation with the provinces and territories since last October's
meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health. The
panel will focus its recommendations on potential federal actions,
complementing provincial and territorial efforts to improve their
health systems. To this end, the panel will meet with representatives
from the provinces and territories throughout the process. The panel
will also actively seek the views of Canadians and organizations with
an interest in healthcare innovation.
More information on the panel's engagement process, including how
Canadians can participate, will be released in the coming months.
The Government of Canada is committed to a strong, publicly funded
healthcare system, guided by the Canada Health Act.
Canada currently spends 11.2% of its Gross domestic product (GDP) on
healthcare, up from 7% in 1975. Among Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Canada's system is the
fifth most expensive in terms of its share of GDP.
Innovation is critical if the healthcare system is to continue
delivering the high quality care Canadians expect. Jurisdictions across
Canada are working to spur innovation, and their efforts are starting
to pay off. Now is the time to take stock, and consider how the
Government of Canada can best support further progress.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to health
research in Canada by providing almost $1 billion every single year.
This funding supports nearly 13,000 researchers across the country
working on more than 10,000 different projects.
"Healthcare innovation is essential to ensure the future sustainability
and quality of healthcare for Canadians. This Panel is made up of some
of Canada's best minds who will bring a broad range of perspectives,
and with a renowned Canadian leader and health researcher Dr. David
Naylor as the Chair."
Minister of Health
"As Health Minister, I am committed to finding ways to harness the
tremendous potential of innovation and ultimately improving the
healthcare system for Canadians. We know more money is not the
solution. It is time to get innovative and ensure our healthcare system
continues to improve. I look forward working with Dr. Naylor and all of
the Panel members."
Minister of Health
"Given the pace of technological and social change, every healthcare
system must innovate relentlessly to maintain quality, accessibility
and affordability. I'm therefore honoured to chair a panel that has
been asked to consider how innovation can be harnessed to make Canadian
healthcare more sustainable and responsive."
Dr. David Naylor
Chair, Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation
Biographical Notes for Dr. David Naylor and Panel members
Terms of Reference for Advisory Panel
Speaking Notes for the Honourable Rona Ambrose Minister of Health -
Address to the Economic Club of Canada - The Economics of Healthcare
and the Need for Innovation
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SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health