The Health Action Lobby

The Health Action Lobby

March 31, 2014 10:31 ET

End of 2004 Health Accord; Federal Leadership Required

HEAL releases report to encourage public discussion about the role of the federal government in health and health care

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 31, 2014) - Canada's 2004 Health Accord expires today. With no new agreement in its place, the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), who represent more than half a million front line providers and consumers of health care, is very concerned about the future of health and health care in Canada. It is a future whose success depends on the leadership and engagement of the federal government.

The 2004 Health Accord - a ten-year framework that provided the provinces and territories with $41.3 Billion - was a milestone agreement that identified national priorities to advance the health of Canadians and improve health system performance. It also identified a clear leadership role for the federal government to work collaboratively with the provinces and territories.

"Some progress has been made under the 2004 Health Accord. However, more needs to be done and it is essential that the federal government work to develop and implement a shared plan of action to advance the health of Canadians," said, Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, Co-Chair of HEAL.

"Health care remains a top priority for Canadians. While the federal government is a leader in many areas in the health system, they must play a more meaningful role with the provinces and territories, providers and other partners," said Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair of HEAL. Partnerships will accelerate health innovation and improve the performance of the health system.

Canadians want better access to effective health services. To advance that access, HEAL believes that the federal government needs to be a meaningful and engaged partner in health care. To encourage public discussion, HEAL is releasing a report "Reframing the Federal Role in Health and Health Care", which can be accessed on the web-site ( This report will inform HEAL's recommendations on the role of the federal government in health and health care, which will be released later this year.

With a federal election likely in 2015, HEAL hopes that the report will stimulate public conversation and encourage each federal political party to let Canadians know how their policies, programs and investments would improve health system performance and advance the health of Canadians.

HEAL is a coalition of 41 national health and consumer associations and organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health system. It represents more than half a million providers and consumers of health care. HEAL was formed in 1991 out of concern over the erosion of the federal government's role in supporting a national health care system. For more information, please visit our web-site at

HEAL Members
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Arthritis Society
Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations - Canadian Healthcare Association
Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
Canadian AIDS Society
Canadian Association of Community Health Centres
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
Canadian Association of Midwives
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Canadian Association of Optometrists
Canadian Association of Physician Assistants
Canadian Association of Radiologists
Canadian Association of Social Workers
Canadian Chiropractic Association
Canadian College of Health Leaders
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Canadian Dental Association
Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
Canadian Dermatology Association
Canadian Home Care Association
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Mental Health Association
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Ophthalmological Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
Canadian Psychological Association
Canadian Psychiatric Association
Canadian Public Health Association
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
Canadian Society of Nutrition Management
Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists
Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada
Paramedic Association of Canada
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, Co-Chair, HEAL
    (CEO, Canadian Psychiatric Association)
    (613) 234-2815, Extension 236 or Cell: (613) 866-3613
    (613) 234-9857 (FAX)

    Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair, HEAL
    (CEO, Canadian Psychological Association)
    (613) 237-2144, Extension 344 or Cell: (613) 799-0532
    (613) 237-1674 (FAX)