Reinforcing the 'Canadian Advantage' in Health Care.
For Immediate Release January 14, 2014
Newmarket, Ontario - Progressive Canadian Leader the Hon. Sinclair Stevens today presented proposals to improve and safeguard the Canadian Health Care system and to reinforce the Canadian Advantage in the North American market place offered by the progressive Canadian system of universal publicly funded health care.
"Recently, American social advocate Ralph Nader pointed to twenty-two ways in which he sees Canadian health care delivery and access to be fairer and more efficient. All Canadians have access at a cost of 10% of GDP while, despite the best intentions, under Obamacare many Americans will still have no or limited access yet costs of 18% of GDP. The cost to Canadians of health care paid by income, sales and corporate taxes is much less individually than Americans continue to pay in premiums and are not lost with change to personal circumstances; and while wait times for diagnostic and non-medical services are becoming increasingly and unacceptably long in far too many cases in Canada, no one is denied access."
"Canadians must ask if our federal government is doing enough to meet its responsibilities to them and to the provinces to meet 21st century challenges, to meet the promises made under the Canada Health Act to all Canadians, and to keep the social and economic Canadian Advantage of Canadian universal public health care alive and well."
"Under ‘The Harper Government’ the answer is no. We are told by Minister Flaherty that the annual rate of increase to health care funding by the Harper Government will fall from 6% per year to 3% in 2014. It is not good enough to blame health care funding shortfalls on the failures of previous Liberal governments. It is the Harper Government that is letting us down, today and until 2015 and with consequences which may last beyond 2015."
"Progressive Canadians are proposing a series of measures to address these concerns, to provide an example to present and future Canadian governments and to so to continue the Canadian Advantage of starting down the road to full implementation of public universal health care sooner."
Toward these ends, Progressive Canadians are committed to:
Restore Canada’s federal contribution to health care funding to 50% of health care costs in each province as originally contemplated in the CHA.
Ensure that regular schedules for federal contributions to health care administered by the provinces are negotiated according to need and CHA objectives so as to ensure long-term, stable, predictable funding of health care in co-operation with the provinces.
Fund health care research and development of health care information technologies that are accessible and transferable nationally so that patient focused care is available everywhere in Canada, and so that patient information and medical consultations are facilitated nationally with costs borne by the home province and the federal government according to best practices and patient need as the priority considerations regardless of jurisdiction.
Enable greater access to quality health care in rural, remote and northern Canada by funding scholarship student health care education in exchange for a five-year period of service in rural, remote and northern Canada; this programme will be patterned after similar commitments for service by medical, dental, and law students to the Canadian military.
Use the federal government’s power to persuade to secure funding and treatment for Autistic children and their families in all provincial jurisdictions, and through amendment of the Canada Health Act. *
* Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that now affects 1 in every 110 Canadian children. While the cause of autism is still unknown, highly effective treatment does exist. "Applied Behavioural Analysis" (ABA) is recognized by both the American Academy of Paediatrics and the office of the US Surgeon General, as the only science-based treatment available to date. However, children with ASD have been orphaned by Canada's Medicare system by being denied such treatment under their provincial health plans. The Progressive Canadian Party recognizes the discrimination that Canadians with ASD face and will seek legislation to amend the Canada Health Act to include science-based treatment of autism under Medicare.
-30-For more information contact:
"The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader
The Progressive Canadian Party
"Progressive Canadians are progressive-Conservatives; progressive Conservatives are Progressive Canadians,"
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