Better health, better care, better value for all: Refocusing health care reform in Canada
Today, the Health Council of Canada releases its latest report, Better health, better care, better value for all showing that a decade of health care reform in Canada has produced disappointing results for taxpayers and patients alike.
The report finds that with some exceptions, changes to health care have not kept pace with the evolving needs of Canadians:
- Progress on wait times for key procedures cited in the Health Accords has stalled.
- Primary health care services lag behind other countries.
- Home care services do not address long-term needs.
- Prescription drug costs remain beyond the means of many Canadians
Address to the Economic Club of Canada
Dr. Jack Kitts, Chair – Health Council of Canada
Westin Hotel, Ottawa
September 19, 2013
Table 1: Changes in care Canadians have received over the last decade and Canada’s international ranking
Table 2: Changes in Canadians’ health over the last decade and Canada’s international ranking
Figure 3: An approach to achieving a high-performing health system in Canada
The Health Council is hosting a conversation on refocusing healthcare reform. Ten blogs will be posted over a three day period. Add your voice to the comments section under each blog here.
- Dr. Jack Kitts, Chair, Health Council of Canada
- Richard C. Alvarez, Canada Health Infoway
- Ian Culbert, Canadian Public Health Association
- Phil Dresch, Canadian Healthcare Association
- Owen Adams, Canadian Medical Association
- Michael McBane, Canadian Health Coalition
- Barbara Mildon, Canadian Nurses Association
- Linda Silas, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions