CPhA urges federal, provincial and territorial governments to continue Health Accord negotiations
December 20, 2016 (Ottawa): The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is disappointed that federal, provincial and territorial governments were unable to reach an agreement on the Health Accord yesterday. We are convinced that federal, provincial and territorial health ministers can reach an agreement that strikes the right balance between targeted funding and predictable health transfers to maximize the health outcomes of Canadians across the country. We urge decision-makers to continue their hard work towards the conclusion of this critical deal for the future of health care in Canada.
Every day, pharmacists in every community across the country see firsthand some of the gaps and challenges that exist within our health care system. This is why CPhA applauds the federal government’s efforts to make changes in specific areas by targeting funds for mental health and home care in particular. Although we are encouraged that the federal government also offered some targeted funds towards enhancing drug access and health innovation, we believe this is an area that would benefit from additional investments.
In addition to targeted funding, we also believe it is important for provinces and territories to have a sustainable multi-year funding agreement in place through the Canada Health Transfer. Such an agreement is essential to allow for the long-term planning that is needed across the full spectrum of health and health care services.
As the most accessible, community-based health care professionals, pharmacists offer a unique perspective on Canada’s health care system. CPhA is committed to leveraging the skills and expertise of Canada’s 40,000 pharmacists to work with government in finding efficiencies within the health care system and ensuring Canadians have timely access to safe and effective health care in every community.
About the Canadian Pharmacists Association
The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care services, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians. More information is available at www.pharmacists.ca.
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