Policy Documents - 2005
Recently, ACAHO received a request for information on the status of Alternative Funding Plans in Canadian Academic Health Science Centres. With this in mind, we surveyed members to develop a clearer understanding by asking the following three questions: 1) Do AFPs exist within your Teaching Hospital or Regional Health Authority? 2) If an AFP exists within your Teaching Hospital or Regional Health Authority, which departments or specialties are involved? and, 3) Has a formal evaluation been undertaken to measure the impact of AFPs in your Teaching Hospital or Regional Health Authority? If yes, what were the key findings of the evaluation?
The purpose of this report is to highlight how funding for indirect costs of research flows from the Federal Government, through Universities (or degree-granting institutions), to ACAHO member organizations. This report will address only the health research which is funded by the three federal granting councils: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Results from this survey will be shared amongst ACAHO members for their information.
Since the mid- to- late 1990s, the future of health and health care in Canada has been the most important public policy issue on the minds of Canadians. Not unexpectedly, the confidence that Canadians place in their highly valued health system is closely aligned with their ability to access quality health services on a timely basis.
To address these pressing healthy policy concerns that are pan-Canadian in nature, federal, provincial and territorial governments have agreed to a series of "Accords", with the most recent being the September 2004 First Ministers Agreement.
While all governments have agreed to deliverables related to addressing wait times, many of the policy issues will need to be jointly identified, addressed and resolved at the local level.
It is with this in mind, that the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) has prepared this summary report. The purpose of the report is to take stock of member activities with respect to developing and implementing wait time strategies for publicly-funded health services. As important as they are, this report does not address provincial government wait time initiatives more generally.