In 2003, the prime minister and the provincial premiers agreed upon priority areas for reinvestment. The 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of the Canada Health Act. They indicated the following principles:
“Drawing from this foundation, First Ministers view this Accord as a covenant which will help to ensure that:
- all Canadians have timely access to health services on the basis of need, not ability to pay, regardless of where they live or move in Canada;
- the health care services available to Canadians are of high quality, effective, patient-centred and safe; and
- our health care system is sustainable and affordable and will be here for Canadians and their children in the future.”
The accord set the following priority areas: primary health care, home care, catastrophic drug coverage, access to diagnostic/medical equipment and information technology and an electronic health record.
Isn’t that the idea? To work toward those goals? I’m not a political genius, but I’m pretty sure that is what President Obama is driving. The process to get there will be very challenging. The system will not be perfect…ever. But if it helps to create a healthy population…for all Americans…then there is no doubt that it will have a positive impact on the health of the American economy over decades. A healthy, educated child becomes a healthy, educated adult. And that builds a healthy, educated middle class, which creates small business, fosters entrepreneurship, and leads the health of our economy.
(Taking a breath…) OK. That is health care and my two cents (cha-ching…4 Republican readers have just unsubscribed…and cha-ching…5 Democrat readers have just subscribed).