CPhA encouraged by Premiers' call for First Ministers' meeting on health

OTTAWA, July 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is pleased that the Council of the Federation has had meaningful discussions on health care during this year's summer meeting in Whitehorse. We are also encouraged that the Premiers committed to making progress on key health issues by calling for a First Ministers' meeting this fall to discuss future funding models to address long-term sustainability.

In discussions over the past three days with a number of the Premiers, it is clear that pharmacists can play an important role in helping to address a number of health issues that affect their jurisdictions, including improved access to health care services. As governments prepare for a First Ministers' meeting this fall, CPhA encourages all governments to consult with health stakeholder groups to ensure that any proposed solutions are practical, sustainable, and most importantly, will improve the health of patients.

Canadians are looking for leadership on the key issues affecting their health, such as access to health care services and medications. CPhA believes that innovative care models that include pharmacist services can better ensure Canadian have access to the care they need to be healthy. In addition, CPhA believes too many Canadians are falling through the cracks when it comes to prescription drug coverage.  All Canadians should have access to the drugs and pharmacy services they need to maintain optimum health. Ensuring access to drugs and pharmacy services is a sound investment in the health of Canadians.

In addition to pan-Canadian solutions to improve access to pharmacy services and prescription drugs, CPhA advocates for investment in health care innovation to improve the safety and effectiveness of our health care system, particularly the need for a common national standard for e-prescribing.

CPhA is committed to helping governments leverage the skills and expertise of Canada's 40,000 pharmacists to ensure Canadians have timely access to safe and effective health care in every community.

About the Canadian Pharmacists Association

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care services, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians. More information is available at www.pharmacists.ca.


SOURCE Canadian Pharmacists Association

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For further information: Mark McCondach, Director of Communications, Canadian Pharmacists Association, mmccondach@pharmacists.ca, (613) 523-7877 Ext. 285


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