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The Canadian Way / Le modèle canadien Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

HEAL calls on the federal government to step up its leadership role.
HEAL appelle le gouvernement fédéral à assumer son rôle de leadership

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HEAL calls on Premiers for Renewed Collaboration Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

HEAL calls on the Council of the Federation to renew its commitment to accelerate the pace of health care transformation.

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HEAL Comments on End of 2004 Health Accord Monday, 31 March 2014 19:03

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Reframing the Federal Role in Health & Health Care Monday, 31 March 2014 10:00

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

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Formed in 1991, the Health Action Lobby (known as HEAL) is a coalition of 41 national health organizations that represents a broad cross-section of health providers, health regions, institutions and facilities.  HEAL represents more than half-a-million providers and consumers of health care.

HEAL was created out of concern over the erosion of the federal government’s role in supporting a national health system.  Through its history, HEAL has met with representatives of the federal government, presented Briefs to Standing Committees, and released background a series of policy papers covering a range of health policy issues, including:  the role of the federal government in funding health care; health human resources; entry-to-practice issues; and the Canada Health Act.

Canada’s Health Action Lobby (HEAL) fully supports the premiers’ July 2015 announcements.  In a communiqué issued on behalf of the Council of the Federation, the premiers noted that Canada’s aging population will have an impact on service delivery in all jurisdictions and requires secure funding. The premiers have also called on the federal government to “commit to increase the envelope of the Canada Health Transfer so its share of health care costs represents a minimum of 25 per cent of all health care spending by provinces and territories.”


Members of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) welcome the release today of the final report of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation chaired by Dr. David Naylor.


Ottawa, ON (Tuesday December 2, 2014) – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) issued a Consensus Statement today that calls on the federal government to lead with vision and by example.  It calls on the federal government to move forward in The Canadian Way – making change through compassion, collaboration and consensus.  In addition to the federal role in health care and the need for collaboration among all levels of government, the statement focuses on 4 other areas for change.

Ottawa, ON (Mardi 2 décembre 2014) – Le Groupe d’intervention action santé (HEAL) a publié aujourd’hui une déclaration de consensus qui exhorte le gouvernement fédéral à définir sa vision et à montrer l’exemple. Il incite le gouvernement fédéral à progresser dans l’affirmation du Modèle canadien – en opérant des changements inspirés par la compassion, la collaboration et le consensus. Outre le plaidoyer en faveur du rôle du gouvernement fédéral en matière de santé et la nécessité d’une collaboration entre tous les paliers de gouvernement, la déclaration met l’accent sur quatre autres domaines de changement.

As part of HEAL's strategic plan, there are a number of initiatives that we are involved in which include:

Ottawa, ON, (Monday, August 25, 2014) – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) calls on the Council of the Federation to renew its multi-year commitment to accelerate the pace of health care transformation through the work led by the Health Care Innovation Working Group (HCIWG).

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HEAL Releases Report

OTTAWA, March 31, 2014 – With the end of the 2004 Health Accord, HEAL has released a report "Reframing the Federal Role in Health & Health Care " that considers the following three policy questions:

1. What is the appropriate role of the federal government in Canada's decentralized health care system?
2. What is the best way to reform health care delivery for Canadians, given the interdependence of our health care systems?
3. How should we align accountability and authority for health and health care renewal?


OTTAWA – The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) is very concerned by the federal government’s recent decision to withdraw funding for the Health Council of Canada.  “This decision is a signal to Canadians that the future of health and health care is not a priority.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Public opinion polls consistently rank the future of health care in Canada as one of the most important public policy priorities,” said Mr. Glenn Brimacombe, HEAL Co-Chair.  “What message is the federal government sending to Canadians about its commitment and role when it comes to health?”


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