Government Submissions - 2008
A Stimulus for Science & Technology...National Consultation on Budget Actions to Protect Canada's Economy: Submission to the Minister of Finance
Canada has many of the right ingredients to succeed in the knowledge based economy including a highly skilled workforce and some of the best research hospitals, educational institutions and research centres in the world. By working in partnership, we can put these resources to work to make Canada a leading life sciences nation and a key player in the global economy.
Our seven leading national health organizations (see Appendix I) are united in the belief that the federal government can turn our economic challenges into opportunities by providing both stimulus and strategically leveraging what is in place and developing policies that will stimulate job growth and research and development (R&D) in the life sciences sector.
Making a Difference...The Federal Role in Canada's Health System and Science & Technology: A submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
In keeping with the spirit of the request from the Standing Committee, the Association is submitting one recommendation in each area of strategic focus. This is a departure from past ACAHO Briefs where we have identified a series of linked recommendations that recognize the role of the federal government when it comes to capacity-building in the health system, and its critical relationship to supporting and nurturing science and technology as they relate to health research.
A 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Healthcare...Taking Stock of the 2004 First Ministers' Accord: Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health
ACAHO is very pleased to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health to discuss the impact of the 2004 Health Accord. Four years into the Accord, it is difficult - given its breadth of coverage - to say that it is has been an unqualified success or unmitigated failure. Rather, the Association is of the view that efforts to-date point to important pockets of success where progress is being made, and others where more work is required.
With this in mind, the Association will comment on those areas of the Accord where it believes that more can be done to continue to improve Canadians' timely access to a range of quality health services.
2004 Health Accord Discussion: Opening remarks by Mr. Jean Bartkowiak, President & CEO, SCO Health Services, and Dr. Arthur Slutsky, Vice-President, Health Research, St. Michael’s Hospital
"The Health Accord has contributed to a number of pockets of success where progress is being made when it comes to wait times, and others where more work is required. This has been noted in the Association's two reports on wait times (called "Wait Watchers") that identify a number of strategies to improve patient flow through in the system. That said, there are other areas where direct investments are needed. One critical area is the training, recruitment and retention of health providers."
- Jean Bartkowiack, President & CEO, SCO Health Services
Our Paths to Prosperity…A Policy Road Map for Canada's Health Research, Innovation and Commercialization Enterprise: Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology
This policy Brief is in support of the federal government's Science and Technology Strategy and ACAHO's three recently developed policy documents that focus on the role of Canada's Research Hospitals in relation to science and technology.
ACAHO commends the federal government for releasing its Science and Technology Strategy in May 2007. Overall, the document is thoughtful and cogent, and identifies a range of key policy issues and solutions, in addition to providing an overarching framework which incorporates thirty-six policy announcements.
ACAHO is very pleased that the federal government has identified the health and related life sciences and technologies sector as a key strategic area that warrants additional focus and investment. That said, the Association is of the view that we must build on the parameters that have been laid out by the federal government that promote maximum synergies, improve overall alignment and accountabilities and to the extent possible, defines anticipated outcomes and impacts