Federal budget a missed opportunity to advance health care

April 21, 2015

(Mississauga, ON – April 21, 2015) - The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) calls for the Government of Canada’s attention to health care following today’s release of the federal budget. There are significant areas of improvement in the government’s leadership in this essential area.

The CFPC’s 2013 Report Card on the Role of the Federal Government in Health Care outlined specific areas in which leadership is needed. The subsequent Red to Green paper provided concrete guidance to achieve results.

"Health care is a top priority for Canadians," said CFPC President, Dr. Garey Mazowita, CCFP, FCFP. "Federal leadership is critical when it comes to setting a vision for the best health care of all in Canada and providing appropriate planning and supports".

The CFPC’s Report Card assessed federal action over five key areas and graded indicators on a scale of green (showing strong leadership), yellow (showing limited involvement), or red (a lack of federal involvement). While the current federal government has taken some steps to support health programs, the majority of the indicators remain unchanged at yellow or red. The initiative that led to the sole green indicator on the homelessness program has not seen concrete implementation, raising concerns over the government’s ability to operationalize its plans.

"We are encouraged by the government’s commitment to establish a Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. We will follow this announcement and how it will enhance seniors’ health. This is a positive step, but we need higher-level leadership for the entire spectrum of health care, not a patchwork of single programs," said the CFPC’s Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Francine Lemire, CCFP, FCFP. "We invite the government to work with us on the implementation of the Red to Green paper to make required improvements to health care."

"The CFPC appreciates the collaborative relationships with physician organizations fostered by Health Minister Rona Ambrose," said the CFPC’s Executive Director of Member and External Relations, Mr. Eric Mang. "While we found the emphasis on health lacking in the federal budget – we are committed to continued collaboration to provide the highest quality care to people of Canada."

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents more than 34,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians. The College provides quality services and programs, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine. The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools.

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