Healthcare policy in Canada is governed under provincial authority and jurisdiction. Provinces are responsible for regulating, operating and funding basic health care institutions.
The federal government influences provincial operated healthcare programs and initiatives through the Canada Health Act (CHA). They accomplish this by imposing requirements on the provinces to meet federal standards in order to receive federal transfers under the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) payment program. The CHT is a block transfer of funds that must be used by the provinces and territories to provide health care as set out in the CHA.
The guiding principles of CHA are: universality; comprehensiveness; portability; accessibility; and public administration. The CHA has been supporting health care delivery in Canada since April 1, 1984. The 2004 Health Accord established the annual funding levels under the CHT program until the end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
Through the years the field of healthcare has changed dramatically through the technological advancements in detection, diagnosis and treatment. These advancements in diagnosis, treatments and procedures have brought significant benefits to the well being of the residents of Canada but at the same time are major contributing factors to the unsustainable escalating costs of healthcare across the country.
Provincial delivery healthcare systems and the escalating cost of healthcare have drastically affected the provision of healthcare in Canada and have resulted in major inequalities between provinces.
That a complete and comprehensive principled discussion and consultation on healthcare and possible revisions to the Canada Health Act and the Canada Health Transfer program be undertaken with all stakeholders.
That the Liberal Party of Canada take a leadership role in the undertaking of principled discussion and consultation with stakeholders on Healthcare in Canada, the Canada Health Act and the Canada Health Transfer program to encourage equitable, efficient, and cost effective health care services for all Canadians.
Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba)
The National Policy and Electoral Platform (NPEP) Committee had initiated a review of the current policy process prior to the Spring 2011 federal elections. Part of this review was a pilot exercise for a new resolution format.
The Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba) Association has piloted a new resolution format based on feedback from previous policy conventions. Your comments on this new format will be greatly appreciated and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “new resolution format”.