Canadian Healthcare Association

Canadian Healthcare Association

February 26, 2008 11:28 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Healthcare Association Available for Response on Budget 2008

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2008) - Following the release of the 2008 Federal Budget, Canadian Healthcare Association President and CEO Pamela Fralick will be available for comment.

Location: Railroad Room, (253-D) Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Time: Tuesday, February 26, 2008, following the tabling of the Federal
Budget (approx. 4:00 pm).

CHA's response to Budget 2008 will be informed by the following positions, found in the Association's pre-Budget Brief, at

Sustainability of the health system: Canadians continue to identify health as one of their most important priorities; not simply an item to be checked off a list. The latest OECD data confirms that Canada's health system is both sustainable and efficient. Budget 2008 provides the opportunity for the government to demonstrate its continued support for our publicly-funded health system through adequate and predictable funding.

The health sector is a benefit, not a cost, to the health of Canadians, and to the Canadian economy. CHA will have data available on this at the Railroad Room.

Equity of Benefits: Canada's publicly-funded health system ensures that Canadians have access to appropriate care in the appropriate setting at the appropriate time regardless of their ability to pay.

Targeted funding: Targeted funding contributes to a sustainable system and equity across Canada. In its pre-Budget Brief, CHA recommends additional investments of $6.2 billion over five years for the Electronic Health Record, $1 billion over three years for new medical diagnostic equipment, and $5 billion over five years for health infrastructure funding.

Unfinished business: The federal government needs to deal with the unfinished business of health including, but not limited to: Home, community and long-term care, investment in health research, the GST rebate for not-for-profit-facilities, and Pharmaceutical strategies and programs to address gaps in access, lack of equity and undue financial burden.

Contact Information

  • To schedule an interview
    Teresa Neuman
    Communications Specialist
    613-241-8005, ext. 205
    Cell: 613-282-6003