Federal budget puts limited focus on health care
March 23, 2017
(March 23, 2017, Mississauga, ON) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) notes the limited attention to health care in the 2017 federal budget. However, the budget advanced some commitments with respect to social supports and infrastructure that may yield benefits to health outcomes for Canadians. This includes the funding of health, education, and infrastructure needs of Indigenous peoples. As well, funding for the National Housing Strategy includes money for mental health support for homeless persons and child care, a portion of which will be dedicated to programs for Indigenous children.
These areas are all important health care indicators that feature in the CFPC’s 2016 Report Card on the Role of the Federal Government in Health Care.
The budget also provides targeted funding to specific health initiatives including prescription medication projects; funding for the Canadian Institute for Health Information to support health data gaps and system improvement; money for Canada Health Infoway to improve e-prescribing initiatives and the use of electronic medical records; and funding for the Canadian Foundation for Health Improvement.
The CFPC acknowledges that developments on high priority areas of health care – including home care and mental health – have been identified with the recent negotiations between the federal and provincial governments.
The CFPC continues to encourage the federal government to support efforts to reform and enhance primary care in Canada, particularly with an emphasis on a collaborative, team-based and patient-centred model as defined in the CFPC’s Patient’s Medical Home. Progress in this area was not apparent in the budget.
About the College of Family Physicians of Canada
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.
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