Government funded health care has been offered to Canadians for over 40 years. In 2004 the government established the Health Accord, which determined standards of care and accessibility for health care services across Canada. Without the Health Accord, control over health care falls to the provinces, and standards and accessibility may differ from place to place. The 2004 Health Accord expired in 2014.
In January 2016 the federal and provincial health ministers met in Vancouver to discuss health care issues, including the development of a new Health Accord. During this time the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) hosted a breakfast for the health ministers to present four priority issues that should be included in the new Accord: a National Prescription Drug Plan, improved access to mental health services, improved access to health services in home and community settings and a comprehensive Canadian Strategy for Health Aging, with target deadlines between 2017 and 2025.
Related CFNU documents:
Canada’s nurses respond to Federal Budget 2016: Now is the time to negotiate a new Health and Social Accord Canada’s Nurses Call on Health Ministers to ‘Break the Silos’ with a new Health and Social Accord.
Toward a Health and Social Accord