Government Submissions - 2009
Aligning Potential with Performance & Prosperity… The Federal Government’s Role in Health System Renewal and Science & Technology : A Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance
Members of ACAHO serve a unique and very essential role in the health care system, they: (1) play a critical role in improving access to a range of quality specialized health care services (as well as some primary care services); (2) train the next generation health care providers; producing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and adaptable; and (3) support and conduct the large majority of publicly-funded health research in the country, and advance leading-edge innovative practices into the health system, and discoveries to the marketplace. By virtue of their mission and mandate, they are a national resource in the system.
'In many respects, these deliverables are some of the foundational elements that underpin our collective ability to strengthen the foundation of Medicare and the fabric of Canadian life to build a truly modern, dynamic and prosperous 21st century economy.
As national resources, ACAHO believes that there is a legitimate and accepted role for the federal government to provide clear leadership, strong stewardship and collaborative partnerships designed to advance the responsiveness and transformation of the health system and strengthen the confidence of Canadians that care will be there for them in times of need.
In this context, ACAHO welcomes the opportunity to submit a Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of its role in contributing to the development of the federal government's 2010 Budget. In keeping with the spirit of the request by the Standing Committee, ACAHO is submitting three specific recommendations that significantly contribute to the potential and performance of our members and the health system, and are linked to the future prosperity of all Canadians.