Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

March 21, 2007 10:47 ET

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: Budget 2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2007) - The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the national voice of Canada's 17 faculties of medicine, is encouraged by budget 2007 and hopes that it is a sign of this government's commitment to making continual improvements and increased investments in research, health systems, and medical education for the benefit of all Canadians.

"It is extremely unlikely that any single budget will solve all of our problems. This budget is by no means perfect. But it does signal that this government realizes that investing in the health of Canadians means making diversified investments - investments in health research, health services delivery systems, education and innovation. That being said, we still have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be" said Dr. Nick Busing, President and CEO of the Association.

While generally supportive of the budget, AFMC has concerns that several important issues remain largely unresolved.

"The Government of Canada must take a more systematic approach to the health and wellness of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities in Canada, both on and off reserves. The problems that these communities face are inexcusable in a country as prosperous as Canada in the twenty-first century. We have the means to resolve many of these issues; now we need the political will", said Dr. Busing.

The government must also play a central role in health human resource planning. "Allocating dollars to the provinces to wrestle with wait-times in five strategic areas is one thing, but creating a national vision for health human resources and implementing it is quite another. The former will only provide temporary relief; it is the latter that is sorely needed in this country".

Continuing to increase our investment in a healthy balance of both basic and targeted health research in Canada is as critical as ever. Also important, however, is the role of the government in ensuring that the process of granting research dollars in Canada is done in a way that is rational and well-governed. "We look forward to the government's Science and Technology Strategy and hope that it contains a systematic approach to allocating Canada's research dollars and addresses the many issues that currently face Canada's multiple granting councils" said Irving Gold, Vice President, External Affairs at AFMC.

Contact Information

  • Association of Faculties of Medecine of Canada
    Irving Gold
    Vice President, External Affairs
    613-730-0687 x236
    613-698-9436 (cell)
    igold@afmc.ca