Media Advisory - Canadian Healthcare Association reacts to Budget 2007

    OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the release of the 2007 federal
budget, Canadian Healthcare Association President and CEO Sharon
Sholzberg-Gray will be available for comment.

    Location: Railway Committee Room, 253-D, Centre Block, Parliament Hill,

    Time:     Monday, March 19, 2007, after 4:00 pm

    CHA's response to the budget will be informed by the following positions,
contained in the Association's pre-budget brief found at

    Wait times: The wait-times issue is complex and requires multiple
approaches; any wait-times guarantee needs to be carefully defined and
adequately funded.

    Fiscal imbalance: CHA supports equal-per-capita cash transfers for health
and opposes solutions to the fiscal imbalance based on tax point transfers.

    Electronic health record: Work on an electronic health record must be
accelerated and increased funding provided in order to enhance patient safety,
and manage wait times and health spending.

    Home and community care: Home and community care should be expanded on a
pan-Canadian basis to include continuing/chronic care services in the
community that are so needed, particularly by an aging population.

    Research: The budget should substantially increase research funding.

    Determinants of health: The base of the Canada Social Transfer should be
raised and an escalator - comparable to that in the Canada Health Transfer -
added to address postsecondary education and other important determinants of

    Founded in 1931, the Canadian Healthcare Association is the federation of
provincial and territorial hospital and health organizations across Canada.
Through our members, CHA represents a broad continuum of services provided
through regional health authorities, hospitals, facilities and agencies that
are governed by trustees who act in the public interest.
    CHA is a leader in developing, and advocating for, health policy
solutions that meet the needs of Canadians and is committed to a publicly
funded health system that provides access to a continuum of comparable health
services throughout Canada.

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview, contact: Graeme
Wilkes, Communications Advisor, Canadian Healthcare Association, (613)
241-8005 x 205, Cell: (613) 282-6003

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