Canada needs to examine new model for upcoming health accord: report

Massage Therapy Canada staff
July 06, 2016
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
OTTAWA – A new report says the federal government should learn from past experience as it renegotiates the health accord with the provinces.

The study from the C.D. Howe Institute says attempts to achieve health care reform by attaching strings to the money it gives to the provinces have been met with limited success.

That's in part because the federal government has little influence over the way provincial and territorial governments respond to policy recommendations on matters inside their jurisdiction.

The study was published as the Liberal government is negotiating a new accord after the previous Conservative government let the last one expire.

The agreement between Ottawa and the provinces and territories will set shared goals for how billions in federal funds are spent on health care.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said the government hopes to have an agreement in place by year's end.


0 #1 Don 2016-07-11 08:03
I concur. I would like to see all health care dollars tied to measured patient outcomes and evidence-based practice. I'm surprised that health care - both government-sanc tioned, provincially-fu nded , and paramedical paid by insurance claims - does not require more outcome measures to show efficacy.

I've provided care to many patients where surgical or standard medical follow-up was cursory, and RMT, DC and PT treatment plans that do a poor job of reporting progress back to the patient or gatekeeper health care professional.

How do we know if health care is delivering on its promise if we're not following up with the public?

I like the WSIB Program of Care model, where outcome measures are taken and reported at the beginning and end of a treatment plan. With additional patient reporting measures and a database (using depersonalized data) tracking all outcomes, we could clearly show efficacy - and allot dollars - based on proven success.

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