HALIFAX, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Provincial and Territorial Health and
Wellness Ministers are working to ensure better health, better care and
better value for Canadians.
The Ministers renewed their commitment to focusing on common issues
affecting provinces and territories, including accelerating innovation
to improve care for patients and families and promoting healthy living.
"Provinces and territories are dedicated to preserving and enhancing
public health care services. We identified key pressures and trends as
well as opportunities to collaborate. We are steadfast in our
commitment to promote healthy living among Canadians as a means to
prevent illness,'' said the Honourable Maureen MacDonald, Minister of
Health and Wellness, Government of Nova Scotia.
Participating provinces and territories remain fully resolved and
committed to a pan-Canadian approach to the negotiation of fair prices
for drug listings. Ministers believe that in working together, they
will ensure they will get the right drugs to Canadians who need them,
at the best price possible.
A strong federal commitment and meaningful collaboration with provinces
and territories, except Quebec, is important in order to significantly
reduce childhood obesity and sodium consumption in Canada. Provincial
and Territorial Health and Wellness Ministers have committed to helping
Canadians make healthy choices to avoid and reduce obesity and
hypertension as well as other conditions associated with a high sodium
diet. They endorsed two reports focused on increasing access and
availability of healthy foods, decreasing marketing of unhealthy foods
to children, reducing sodium in the food supply, raising awareness and
monitoring progress and committed to the development of meaningful
reporting mechanism. Ministers also recognized the leadership role that
the federal government has in this debate as well as their part in
addressing these complex issues. Ministers look forward to further
collaboration and ask the Government of Canada to champion a healthy
living agenda for Canadians.
While Quebec shares the general goals of sodium reduction and healthy
weights, it does not subscribe to a Canada wide strategy in these
areas. Quebec intends to remain solely responsible for developing and
implementing programs for promoting healthy living within its
territory. However, Quebec does intend to continue exchanging
information and best practices with other governments in Canada.
Ministers also discussed the importance of addressing mental health, an
issue that touches all families and the need to integrate services
across government departments and agencies to improve mental wellness
and illness prevention. Manitoba Healthy Living Minister Jim Rondeau
confirmed that the national Mental Health Summit will be held in
February 15-16, 2012 and looks forward to welcoming colleagues from all
provinces and territories to work together on improving mental health.
Provincial and Territorial ministers discussed the importance of the
2004 health accord and how it supported making significant improvements
to health care that have resulted from federal-provincial-territorial
partnerships. Ministers agreed that continued stable, predictable
funding is crucial to supporting better care and outcomes for patients,
families and communities across the country.
They look forward to discussions with their federal health care
SOURCE Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
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