WHEREAS the First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal signed on February 5th, 2003 was a collective vision with broad objectives: timely and equitable access, a higher quality of care, a healthier population, a sustainable future for the public health care system and more accountability for how funds are spent;
WHEREAS this Accord represents the first pan-Canadian consensus to extend universal coverage of services beyond those outlined in the Canada Health Act since 1957 to include prescription drugs and home care;
WHEREAS Canadians strongly hold values in support of public health care;
WHEREAS a healthy population has tremendous social and economic benefits to Canada;
BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada call upon the Government of Canada to re-establish effective tri-level advisory committees (federal, provincial, and territorial governments) to share information and implement collaborative agendas, and establish meaningful indicators to measure changes in health and health care for the areas identified as priorities for reform and reasonable access to information about how governments spend targeted funds to report on meaningful progress;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada renew their pan-Canadian commitment to system-wide change and work toward the “Action Plan for Reform” we initiated, fulfilling all the promises of the Accord on catastrophic drug coverage and safe, appropriate prescribing, home care, Aboriginal health, primary health care, the health care workforce and electronic health records and information, progress reports, accountability and wait times which will result in the “real and lasting change” we envisioned.
Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)