In its most recent budget, the Federal government announced that it will wind down funding for the Health Council of Canada. The Health Council’s role is to monitor and report on the progress of commitments made in the 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. The Health Council will continue to operate for the rest of this fiscal year and will conclude its operations early in 2014/15. The major areas of work for this year include:
- Progress Report 2013
- A review of five key areas: wait times; Aboriginal health; pharmaceuticals management; primary health care and electronic health records and health promotion and prevention; a National Symposium on quality improvement; Aboriginal seniors health
- Continued updating of the Health Innovation Portal
- The Health Council is also preparing a comprehensive Summative Report on the impact of the Accords for release later this year
You can read the letter from the Federal Minister of Health, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq to the Health Council of Canada, on the Health Council of Canada website.