SASKATOON, Jan. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Harper Government today announced
new research funding aimed at improving Canada's healthcare system.
The announcement was made by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health, and the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan Minister of
"This research is an investment that we believe will help provinces and
territories reduce costs, and deliver better healthcare from coast to
coast to coast," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Ultimately it's about
focusing on patients, and making sure they get the care they need."
This funding opportunity will support teams of researchers and
decision-makers to conduct research in two areas: chronic disease
prevention and management; and access to care for vulnerable
populations, such as children, seniors, poor, elderly, and Aboriginal
"Strengthening primary health services to ensure patient-centred care is
key to transforming healthcare delivery," said the Honourable Don
McMorris, Saskatchewan's Minister of Health. "This initiative offers
health research teams in Saskatchewan and other jurisdictions the
opportunity to enhance chronic disease management and better connect
patients to primary care."
Effective community-based primary healthcare is linked to better health
outcomes, improved equity, reduced wait times, and an improved patient
experience. It has also associated with reduced costs related to
hospital services and length of stay, reduced emergency department
visits, reduced ambulatory episode-of-care expenditures, cost savings
from early detection of cancer and other chronic diseases, and lower
costs of care for diabetes and congestive heart failure among high-need
"CIHR is pleased to support research in this important field," said Dr.
Robyn Tamblyn, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Health
Services and Policy Research. "By strengthening community-based
primary healthcare, we can alleviate the pressures on Canada's
healthcare system and improve health outcomes for Canadians."
The Government of Canada will continue to work with provinces and
territories to make Canada's health system more efficient, sustainable,
to improve accountability and to deliver better service to Canadians.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create
new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health
services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.
Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more
than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information:
Cailin Rodgers, Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, 613-957-0200
David Coulombe, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563