August 26, 2014 10:07 ET

Governments Must Collaborate Now to Strengthen Canadian Healthcare System, Says HealthCareCAN

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2014) - HealthCareCAN is heartened by the strong public support for Canada's publicly-funded healthcare system as expressed in the Canadian Health Coalition's annual survey of Canadians.

Released today on the eve of the annual summer meeting of the Council of the Federation, the survey confirms that Canadians strongly support and expect to have access to high quality healthcare, no matter where they live or their ability to pay. In addition, the survey expresses the public's wish for Premiers to work collaboratively with the federal government on solutions to ensure a strong health system for the future.

HealthCareCAN believes that the best pathway forward involves strategic investments in healthcare innovations that will help vulnerable Canadians. Increased attention needs to be focussed on: (1) the frail elderly and those with dementia; (2) Aboriginal mothers and children in their first two years of life; and (3) Canadians with mental health issues in their recovery. Premiers and the federal government need to work better together to develop and enact policies to support those Canadians falling through the cracks of our health system.

"HealthCareCAN thanks the Canadian Health Coalition for checking the pulse of the nation with this annual survey," said Bill Tholl, President and CEO, HealthCareCAN. "We hope that the opinions expressed by Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast will inspire positive action. It's time for Premiers and the federal government to get together and get the job done."

HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations across Canada. We foster informed and continuous, results-oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. We act with others to enhance the health of all Canadians; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.

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Contact Information

  • Ms. Teresa Neuman
    Senior Communications Specialist
    (613) 241-8005, Extension 205
    Mobile: (613) 282-6003;