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Harper Government Responds to the Senate Review of the 2004 Health Accord

September 28, 2012

The Government of Canada tabled its response to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology report Time for Transformative Change: A Review of the 2004 Health Accord.

The response cites the Health Council’s work in reporting on wait times as well as our work in highlighting innovative practices in health care.

  • Having the right knowledge is fundamental to ensuring investments in health care make a difference for Canadians. That is why the federal government supports the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as its health research investment agency and is the primary funder of 3 organizations such as the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the Health Council of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (until recently known as the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation). These organizations are leading sources of credible evidence to demonstrate results and support decision-makers across the country in improving health care.
  • The Health Council of Canada, which is mandated to monitor and report on governments’ progress under the 2003 and 2004 Accords, has reported extensively on wait times, pointing to the progress made and highlighting some of the innovative strategies implemented across the country. In keeping with the Committee’s recommendations, the Health Council will continue to consider and report on governments’ efforts and share best practices. For example, it plans to address access and wait times again in its 2013 Progress Report.
  • Consistent with its mandate, the federally funded Health Council of Canada places a particular emphasis on identifying and highlighting best practices in areas of interest such as primary care 19 reform and self-management for people with chronic diseases. Through the FPT Advisory Committee on Health Delivery and Human Resources, governments continue to share best practices and seek opportunities for collaboration on the organization and delivery of care.

Read the full response here.