When Prime Minister Trudeau laid out the priorities for his cabinet ministers in mandate letters released publicly last month, it was clear that health care was once again being given the attention it deserves. In fact, the health of Canadians was identified as a priority in the letters of six of his ministers.
In particular, we’re looking forward to working closely with the new Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, in the development of a new multi-year Health Accord and long-term funding agreement. Given Canada’s aging population, if there was ever a time for a renewed Health Accord, it’s now.
A key part of her mandate will be working with provincial and territorial governments to make home care more available, prescription drugs more affordable and mental health care more accessible. Physicians have long recognized the need for improvements in these areas; it’s good to see them codified now as official federal deliverables.
These are just several of the key issues that the CMA will be keeping a close eye on in the year ahead.