Policy recommendations for reform of the public health care system released by Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association

    OTTAWA, June 3 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Life and Health Insurance
Association (CLHIA) released a policy statement setting out a number of
recommendations for achieving a renewed and sustainable public health care
system. "Canada's current health care system is not sustainable at the current
rate of spending. Governments need to recognize this and take positive steps
to put our public health care system on a solid footing that will assure
quality service to Canadians," says CLHIA's President, Frank Swedlove.
"Canadians must participate with their governments in a meaningful debate on
how best to achieve this," he added.
    The policy document, CLHIA Report on Health Care Policy: Towards a
sustainable, accessible, quality public health care system, puts forward a
number of recommendations that would increase the efficiency and cost
effectiveness of Canada's public health care system and improve overall care
for Canadians. This includes governments taking an approach focused on the
individual receiving care, investing more in wellness and disease prevention,
and assisting Canadians in managing their needs for continuing care. It also
recommends that no Canadian should take on undue financial hardship as a
result of prescription drug costs. The policy document also recommends that
governments should seek to build on the many successful public-private
partnerships that have existed for many years such as diagnostic centres,
specialized surgery clinics and ambulance services.

    Established in 1894, the CLHIA is a voluntary association whose member
companies account for 99 per cent of Canada's life and health insurance
business. The industry provides a wide range of financial security products
such as life insurance, annuities (including RRSPs, RRIFs and pensions) and
supplementary health insurance to about 26 million Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Wendy Hope, Vice President, External Relations
or Janice Hilchie, Vice President, Legislative Relations, (613) 230-0031

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