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Presentation to the New Democratic Party on Bill C-38

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy10439
Date
2012-05-17
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
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Policy Type
Parliamentary submission
Date
2012-05-17
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
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Bill C-38 covers a lot of ground and we welcome the occasion to discuss it. Right at the outset, let me remind you that the Canadian Medical Association has a long tradition of staunch non-partisanship. Our mandate is to be the national advocate for the highest standards in health and health care. In a bill as wide-ranging as this one, there is a great deal I could talk about. In the time allotted, however, I am going to frame my brief remarks around three themes... namely: First, what is very clearly in the bill; Second, what is lacking in the bill, and Third, what I would characterize as a general lack of clarity and consultation on certain aspects of the federal government's actions on health care. First, I will comment on one of the key measures contained in the budget bill. We are greatly concerned about the move to raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security. Many seniors have low incomes and delaying this relatively modest payment by two years is certain to have a negative impact. For many older Canadians, who tend to have more complex health problems, medication is a life line. We know that, already, many cannot afford their meds. Gnawing away at Canada's social safety net will no doubt force hard choices on some of tomorrow's seniors... the choice between whether to buy groceries or to buy their medicine. I think it is safe to say it would not hold up to a cost-benefit analysis. People who skip their meds, or lack a nutritious diet or enough heat in their homes, will be sicker. In the end, this will put a greater burden on our health care system. Let me now turn to a couple of things we were hoping to see in the budget but that are not there. As we all know, the Finance Minister announced the government's plans for the Canada Health Transfer in December. The CMA was encouraged when the Minister of Health subsequently spoke about collaborating with the provinces and territories on developing accountability measures for this funding. We look forward to this accountability plan for the minimum of $446 billion that will flow to the provinces and territories in federal transfers for health over the next twelve years. In both 2008 and 2009, the Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index ranked Canada last out of 30 countries in terms of value for money spent on health care. We believe that federal government should lever its spending on health care to bring change to the system. It could introduce incentives, measurable goals, pan-Canadian metrics and measurement that would link health care spending to comparable health outcomes. This would recognize, too, that the federal government is itself the fifth-largest jurisdiction in health care delivery. We believe the federal government has a role to play in leading this change and that transferring billions of federal dollars in the absence of this leadership shortchanges Canadians. This budget thus represents an opportunity lost to find ways to transform the health care system and help Canadians get better value and better patient care for the money they spend on health care. The other major piece missing from this budget is any move to establish a national pharmaceutical strategy. A pharmaceutical strategy that would ensure consistent coverage and secure supply across the country remains unfinished business from eight years ago. Access to pharmaceutical treatments remains the most glaring example of inequity of our health care system. I should point out that the Senate Social Affairs Committee in its recent report on the 2004 Health Accord also recommended the implementation of a national pharmaceutical strategy. Now I come to the third part of my remarks, which is about a general lack of clarity in regard to certain aspects of the federal government's responsibilities vis-a- vis health care. Since the budget was tabled, the federal government has announced $100 million in cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program and eliminated the National Aboriginal Health Organization. As far as we know, no one was consulted on these changes, and since they are not in the budget bill, there is no opportunity for debate on the potential implications on the health of Canadians. We are also uncertain about the impact of changes in service delivery at Veterans Affairs Canada, changes in the mental health programs at the Department of National Defence, and plans to consolidate some of the functions of the Health Canada and the Canadian Public Health Agency. There are many unknowns and these are serious matters that warrant serious consideration. The government committed that it would not balance the books on the backs of the provinces, yet there appears to be a trend toward the downloading of health care costs to federal client groups or the provinces and territories or individuals. As we have seen in the past, cost downloading is not the same as cost saving. In fact, when health is impacted, the costs will be inevitably higher, both in dollars and in human suffering. Thank you.
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Breathalyzer-linked ignition interlock devices

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy408
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-209
The CMA supports the use of breathalyzer-linked ignition interlock devices by provincial/territorial governments as a sentencing option for people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-209
The CMA supports the use of breathalyzer-linked ignition interlock devices by provincial/territorial governments as a sentencing option for people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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The CMA supports the use of breathalyzer-linked ignition interlock devices by provincial/territorial governments as a sentencing option for people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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Violence-prevention in health care settings

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy410
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-212
That the Canadian Medical Association encourage the provincial and territorial governments to develop violence-prevention, including training programs and train the trainer programs, suitable to a wide variety of healthcare settings.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-212
That the Canadian Medical Association encourage the provincial and territorial governments to develop violence-prevention, including training programs and train the trainer programs, suitable to a wide variety of healthcare settings.
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That the Canadian Medical Association encourage the provincial and territorial governments to develop violence-prevention, including training programs and train the trainer programs, suitable to a wide variety of healthcare settings.
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Access to health care services in rural aboriginal communities

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy411
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-213
That the Canadian Medical Association request that Health Canada work with provinces and territories to develop creative strategies, in consultation with the medical associations and the aboriginal health organizations, to improve access to quality primary health care services for rural and isolated aboriginal communities.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-213
That the Canadian Medical Association request that Health Canada work with provinces and territories to develop creative strategies, in consultation with the medical associations and the aboriginal health organizations, to improve access to quality primary health care services for rural and isolated aboriginal communities.
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That the Canadian Medical Association request that Health Canada work with provinces and territories to develop creative strategies, in consultation with the medical associations and the aboriginal health organizations, to improve access to quality primary health care services for rural and isolated aboriginal communities.
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Essential drugs for the exclusive use of developing countries

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy415
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Pharmaceuticals/ prescribing/ cannabis/ marijuana/ drugs
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-221
The CMA calls on governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers in Canada to ensure a supply of essential drugs for the exclusive use of developing countries, and to offset the numerous barriers hindering access to these drugs.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Pharmaceuticals/ prescribing/ cannabis/ marijuana/ drugs
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-221
The CMA calls on governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers in Canada to ensure a supply of essential drugs for the exclusive use of developing countries, and to offset the numerous barriers hindering access to these drugs.
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The CMA calls on governments and pharmaceutical manufacturers in Canada to ensure a supply of essential drugs for the exclusive use of developing countries, and to offset the numerous barriers hindering access to these drugs.
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Programs to improve the health of aboriginals in urban and rural areas

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy416
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-222
That Canadian Medical Association ask Health Canada, in consultation with the provinces, the territories and First Nation authorities, to develop programs to improve the health of aboriginal communities in urban and rural areas.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-222
That Canadian Medical Association ask Health Canada, in consultation with the provinces, the territories and First Nation authorities, to develop programs to improve the health of aboriginal communities in urban and rural areas.
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That Canadian Medical Association ask Health Canada, in consultation with the provinces, the territories and First Nation authorities, to develop programs to improve the health of aboriginal communities in urban and rural areas.
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Maintaining and renewing the Canadian health workforce

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy476
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-199
That governments, educators and health care provider organizations commit to maintaining and renewing the Canadian health workforce by ensuring that a responsive, adaptive and adequately funded education system is in place.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC00-199
That governments, educators and health care provider organizations commit to maintaining and renewing the Canadian health workforce by ensuring that a responsive, adaptive and adequately funded education system is in place.
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That governments, educators and health care provider organizations commit to maintaining and renewing the Canadian health workforce by ensuring that a responsive, adaptive and adequately funded education system is in place.
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Tobacco denormalization

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy1575
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-05-09
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD00-05-141
That the Canadian Medical Association encourage the use of educational material and support public awareness campaigns that portray the tobacco industry and the use of tobacco as unacceptable.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-05-09
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD00-05-141
That the Canadian Medical Association encourage the use of educational material and support public awareness campaigns that portray the tobacco industry and the use of tobacco as unacceptable.
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That the Canadian Medical Association encourage the use of educational material and support public awareness campaigns that portray the tobacco industry and the use of tobacco as unacceptable.
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Annual health policy fellowship

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy1646
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-12
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD00-06-188
That the Canadian Medical Association recommend to The Canadian Medical Foundation that it establish an annual health policy fellowship.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-12
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD00-06-188
That the Canadian Medical Association recommend to The Canadian Medical Foundation that it establish an annual health policy fellowship.
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That the Canadian Medical Association recommend to The Canadian Medical Foundation that it establish an annual health policy fellowship.
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Health policy fellowships

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy1647
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-12
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD00-06-189
That Canadian Medical Association recommend to the Canadian Medical Foundation that it consider expanding the concept of Health Policy Fellowships to include all physicians.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2014-03-01
Date
2000-08-12
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD00-06-189
That Canadian Medical Association recommend to the Canadian Medical Foundation that it consider expanding the concept of Health Policy Fellowships to include all physicians.
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That Canadian Medical Association recommend to the Canadian Medical Foundation that it consider expanding the concept of Health Policy Fellowships to include all physicians.
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