Dr. Chris Simpson, Canadian Medical Association President-Elect
OTTAWA, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - While the Canadian Medical Association
does not dismiss the importance of consumer protection measures,
today's Throne Speech prompts Canada's doctors to ask where is the
federal vision to protect the most important consumer of all - the
Canadians need to know how their federal government will work with
Canada's provinces and territories to put patients first. Further,
Canadian patients and their families deserve to know what kind of
health care they can expect. A vision statement on where Canada is
headed on health and health care would have made today's Throne Speech
far more valuable for Canadians.
Today's speech did contain promising mentions of initiatives to improve
injury prevention, something that is very important to physicians who
care and treat those who experience these traumatic events. The CMA is
also pleased to see the government commit to build on its caregiver tax
credit to help Canadians caring for older family members and to help
seniors quickly access information about programs and services they
need and use in their communities.
In terms of supporting our aging population, these promises are
reassuring, as is the commitment to renew investment in research to
tackle the growing onset of dementia, and related illnesses.
However, the evolving and growing needs of Canada's aging population
require that the federal government work with provinces and territories
to develop a comprehensive, pan-Canadian seniors care strategy, an
important step toward meeting those needs.
The federal government is the fifth largest funder of health services in
Canada, responsible for ensuring care for members of the military,
First Nations, Inuit and others. Health care transformation cannot be
accomplished without the leadership of the federal government. Recent
polls show Canadians are looking for a bold, new vision for our
country. Our federal government must seize the moment to build that
vision for health care.
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
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