Michael on Health Care
April 26, 2011
We will negotiate a new ten-year health accord with the provinces and territories in 2014.
The accord will guarantee a continued strong federal contribution – including the 6 per cent escalator – to Canada’s public health care system – in return for a clear, monitored and enforced commitment to respect the principles of the Canada Health Act and to the integrity and modernization of health care;
We will work with provincial and territorial partners to:
Promote a clear commitment to the single-payer system;
Make progress on primary care;
Take appropriate steps to replace fee-for-service delivery;
Take first steps to reduce the costs of prescription medicines for Canadians, employers and governments;
Extend coverage to out-of-hospital services like home care and long-term care.
Investing in More Family Doctors and Nurses
We will work with the provinces and territories to address the shortage of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals by training 1,200 new doctors over the next 10 years, adding 6,000 new training spaces for nurses over six years and substantially increasing the number of training spaces for other health professionals;
In collaboration with the provinces and territories, we will establish programs aimed at recruiting and supporting low-income, rural and aboriginal medical students.
Expanding Care for Seniors
Establish a new designated federal home care transfer to guarantee a basic level of home care services to all Canadians wherever they live;
Initiate a new designated federal long-term care transfer to begin addressing the shortage of quality care spaces across the country;
Double the funding for forgivable loans under the Home Adaption for Seniors’ Independence Program (HASIP) to help seniors remain in their own homes;
We will introduce an Inter-generational Home Forgivable Loan Program, modeled on a Manitoba Government initiative, to help up to 200,000 families a year retrofit their homes to create self-contained secondary residences for senior family members. Families will be eligible for a forgivable loan to cover 50 per cent of the costs of a renovation up to a maximum of $35,000.
Making Medicines More Affordable
We will work with the provinces and territories to save Canadians money on the cost of their prescription medications, including, as finances permit:
Improved assessment to ensure quality, safety and cost and health effectiveness of prescription drugs;
Using bargaining power in pharmaceutical purchases;
Cutting administrative costs through public administration;
Establishing science-based formularies and clinical guidelines to advance evidence-based practice by physicians;
More aggressive price review;
Eliminating kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies to pharmacists;
Keeping Kids Healthy and Safe in Sports
We will implement a Children’s Nutrition Initiative to support and expand provincial and local programs that provide healthy meals to school-children;
We will enact the NDP’s National Strategy for Serious Injury Reduction in Amateur Sport Act.