Federal budget signals renewed leadership role in health care

March 23, 2016

(Mississauga, ON – March 23, 2016) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is encouraged by the planned investments in health care announced as part of the budget released by the Government of Canada.

The budget addresses several key priorities outlined in the CFPC’s 2013 Report Card on the Role of the Federal Government in Health Care including investments into immunization, affordable housing and health information technology. The budget has also signaled work to be done for a renewed health accord and efforts to address the crucially important areas of home care and mental health.

“The focus on collaboration with the provinces in health care is welcome,” said CFPC President, Jennifer Hall, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “A renewed health accord will set the direction for future development. The CFPC looks forward to working with the federal government as part of this commitment.”

 “We are encouraged by the government’s support of health care and the important work taking place and yet to be done,” adds the CFPC’s Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “We look forward to targeted investments in primary care. As family physicians‎, we know the positive impact it has on the health of Canadians”

Many of the health issues in the budget were flagged during the 2015 federal election. Platforms were profiled on the CFPC’s Report Card receiving more than 50,000 views.

The CFPC continues its work monitoring federal government commitments in health care. An updated version of the Report Card will be released in the fall of 2016.

“The CFPC is pleased to see increased Guaranteed Income Supplements for seniors - an area we advocated for in our 2014 report, Red to Green,” said the CFPC’s Executive Director of Member and External Relations, Mr. Eric Mang. “Although the budget creates some positive opportunities for health care, it does not provide the support for home care that was indicated during the 2015 federal election. We are committed to working with the government to ensure this key service is well planned, supported and available to those who need it.”

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The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents 35,000 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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