CMA should be open to discussing options of health-care funding: panel

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Accountability important in health accord: federal minister

Leona Aglukkaq

An advisory panel is recommending that the Canadian Medical Association should be open to discussing a range of ways to fund health care, including user fees and various insurance schemes.

Sister Elizabeth Davis, a past CEO of the former St. John's Health Care Corp. and a panel member, said the panel supports the principles of the Canada Health Act but believes there should be an open discussion on better payment models.

Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) has reacted, referring to the report as riddled with old ideas and bad data.

CDM board member Dr. Bob Woolard said the panel's recommendation is in direct contradiction of CMA principles.

For full story, see Tuesday's Telegram.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told delegates at the Canadian Medical Association's annual general meeting in St. John's this morning the federal government will be looking for accountability in negotiations for a new health accord in 2014.

She also amnounced a new patient-oriented research strategy.

The minister said this evidenced-based research will help health-care providers compare the outcomes of different treatment options for patients and determine the best course of action.

See full story of the CMA meeting in Tuesday's print edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: Canadian Medical Association

Geographic location: St. John's

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