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View Leona Aglukkaq Profile
CPC (NU)
View Leona Aglukkaq Profile
2011-11-21 15:58
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Before I respond, let me say that I'm also looking forward to the review that's being conducted by the Senate committee on the 10-year accord. There was a requirement under the 2004 accord that there would be an evaluation as to what had been achieved over the last 10 years, so we're looking forward to that. That will also be very helpful to the provinces and territories.
As I stated before, our government is committed to a universal and publicly funded health care system and the Canada Health Act, but the upcoming discussions with the provinces and territories will be about accountability and results for Canadians. I have already been in contact with some of my provincial and territorial counterparts for preliminary discussions as to what their priorities are in the future on a go-forward basis. As well, the meeting later this week is an opportunity to engage them in improving accountability as we move forward beyond 2014.
As we've done in the past with Quebec, our government will continue its dialogue with Quebec for the renewal of an agreement and accord. We're very mindful, again, in working with jurisdictions like B.C., that it is a provincial jurisdiction.
So we'll be following that example. I'm looking forward to my conversation with the provincial and territorial health ministers this week.
Thank you.
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View Leona Aglukkaq Profile
CPC (NU)
View Leona Aglukkaq Profile
2011-11-21 16:13
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Thank you for that question.
That agreement does include accountability measures, not only financially, in the area of annual audit functions, but also in terms of accountability measures on what population health indicators we're dealing with and targeted investments related to the challenges in population health. The accountability goes beyond just the dollars, but rather how we improve better health outcomes based on the health of first nations in that jurisdiction.
Through the signing of the agreement, we're promoting a better model of health services to integrate that. It integrates with provinces collectively for before hospital care and hospital care, because the provinces deliver provincial hospital care. So it's a better integration of that.
When we signed the agreement in October, we agreed to provide resources. As I said, the first nations health authority will organize a governance structure with principles that are legally binding. There are a number of provisions, again, for accountability of the board—they will need to meet, health outcomes, financial pieces. So the accountability measure is quite broad. But again, it’s the first of its kind in health, not just this agreement but with any agreement in Canada. This is the most focused in all aspects of delivering health, not just the financial piece of it.
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