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The CFPC has assessed the federal parties in three priority areas

The CFPC has assessed the federal parties in three priority areasHow do party platforms stack up on CFPC priority topics?

Health care remains a top priority for people living in Canada. Family physicians support and care for people in their communities every day. The CFPC calls on all parties to ensure that health care is at the forefront of this year’s election campaign to see equitable and excellent care outcomes for everyone in Canada.
 

Download the document Integrating Mental Health Into Primary CareMental Health

Family doctors are frequently the first point of access for patients seeking mental health support. The lack of referral resources must be addressed to reduce the burden that mental health issues impose on the well-being and prosperity of everyone in Canada.

Federal Election 2019: Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care


Download the document Timely Access To Care Through The Patient’s Medical HomePatients’ Medical Home

Improving access to interprofessional primary care by investing in the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH)—the CFPC’s vision for the future of family practice that centres on care that is collaborative, continuous, comprehensive, and compassionate. The PMH continues to influence primary care reforms across the country, and further support will expand its reach.

Federal Election 2019: Timely Access To Care Through The Patient’s Medical Home


Download the document Universal National PharmacareUniversal Pharmacare

Universal national pharmacare is a necessary step to ensure no one in Canada is barred from accessing necessary medication due to cost. Our members see the struggles experienced by some patients who are unable to fill prescriptions. Canada continues to be the only country with universal health care coverage that does not include prescription medication.

Federal Election 2019: Universal National Pharmacare
 

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Remind your elected Member of Parliament what matters to you about health care!
The CFPC encourages you to reach out to your newly elected MP to help us make sure that health care is a federal priority in this term of government.

Election Platforms

We contacted the main federal parties to ask about their platforms and specific plans to address our priority topics:
  • Patient’s Medical Home (PMH)
  • Mental health
  • Universal pharmacare
Here’s what they had to say and here’s how their platforms stacked up.
Priority topics and party grades: Patient’s Medical Home Mental health Universal pharmacare
Conservative View the Priority topics and Conservative party grade for the Patient’s Medical Home View the Priority topics and Conservative party grade for mental health View the Priority topics and Conservative party grade for universal pharmacare
Green View the Priority topics and Green party grade for the Patient’s Medical Home View the Priority topics and Green party grade for mental health View the Priority topics and Green party grade for universal pharmacare
Liberal  View the Priority topics and Liberal party grade for the Patient’s Medical Home View the Priority topics and Liberal party grade for mental health View the Priority topics and Liberal party grade for universal pharmacare
New Democratic View the Priority topics and New Democratic party grade for the Patient’s Medical Home View the Priority topics and New Democratic party grade for mental health View the Priority topics and New Democratic party grade for universal pharmacare

Be sure to also review the CFPC’s position summaries on these topics, which provide background information and sources for reference.

Key to grades assigned


Green green circle
The party demonstrates leadership on the subject. There is commitment to a specific and actionable plan.

Yellow yellow circle
The party shows a level of involvement or commitment; however, there is an opportunity to do more and/or there are no specifics for planned actions.

Red red circle
The party shows no involvement and does not plan, or there appears to be no plan, to address the indicator.
  • Conservative Party of Canada

    Timely Access to Care Through the Patient’s Medical HomeConservative Party of Canada logo


    Action 1.1: Standardizing the PMH vision across Canada and supporting reforms through a primary health care transition fund
    The Conservative Party has committed to maintaining the 3 per cent annual growth of the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer. It has indicated that it would support provinces choosing to use federal transfer money to invest in innovative solutions for improving the health care system, such as through implementing the PMH. However, the party has not said that it would dedicate specific funds for primary health care transition, nor would it take on a leadership role in this area.
    Grade: red circle

    Action 1.2: Adopting the PMH vision in all areas of federal health care delivery
    The Conservative Party is open to considering innovative ways to improve health outcomes of the populations for which the federal government is responsible for health care delivery, including using the PMH vision. However, the party has not indicated a plan or funding commitment for adopting the PMH vision, resulting in a yellow grade in this area.
    Grade: yellow circle
     

    Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care


    Action 2.1: Integrating accessible mental health services as part of primary care practices
    The Conservative Party has indicated that it would support provinces choosing to use federal transfer money to invest in innovative solutions for improving the health care system, such as through implementing a collaborative care model. However, the party is not taking a leadership role in allocating specific funds to support the co-location of mental health care workers in primary care settings.
    Grade: red circle

    Action 2.2: Supporting and adopting the principle of mental health parity through a mental health parity act
    The Conservative Party has expressed support for treating mental health as a critical priority and has committed to maintaining mental health funding transfers. However, the party maintains the position that health care is a local issue that differs from one region to another. As such it will leave the provinces to allocate health funds according to their needs. The Conservative Party has earned a red grade here for its lack of commitment to introducing a mental health parity act.
    Grade: red circle
     

    Universal National Pharmacare


    Action 3.1: Introducing a universal, single-payer, national pharmacare program
    The Conservative Party has dismissed the recommendations of the federal Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. Preference has been given to alternative patchwork approaches such as filling gaps in coverage for people without access to provincial or employer-sponsored plans. This approach would not ensure consistent access across the country and would not achieve the same benefits as having the federal government act as a strong, central negotiating power to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
    Grade: red circle
  • Green Party of Canada

    Timely Access to Care Through the Patient’s Medical HomeGreen Party of Canada logo


    Action 1.1: Standardizing the PMH vision across Canada and supporting reforms through a primary health care transition fund
    The Green Party supports the concepts of timely access and comprehensive, patient-centred care embedded in the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH). It has stated it supports using federal funding to assist in systemic reform to help primary care teams transition to the PMH style of practice. However, no specific details or financial pledges have been put forward thus far outlining a concrete plan.
    Grade: yellow circle

    Action 1.2: Adopting the PMH vision in all areas of federal health care delivery
    The Green Party has expressed that the federal government should do more to ensure all populations have equal access to care and has the opportunity to demonstrate best practices in areas of federal health care delivery. While the Green Party supports adopting the PMH vision in all areas of federal health delivery, there is no defined framework in place for directing federal agencies to undertake necessary health care delivery reforms.
    Grade: yellow circle

    Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care


    Action 2.1: Integrating accessible mental health services as part of primary care practices
    The Green Party has expressed support for the inclusion of mental health professionals in primary care practices. The party has said it plans to make funding available to assist with integrating mental health professionals into primary care interprofessional teams to provide adequate care to those in need. However, at this point no specific funding commitments to enable this change have been announced.
    Grade: yellow circle

    Action 2.2: Supporting and adopting the principle of mental health parity through a mental health parity act
    The Green Party has stated that access to mental health services is a crucial factor in addressing the social justice and equality challenges facing Canadians. It has stated its support for the adoption of a mental health parity act. The party has also said that it intends to direct Health Canada to better orient its mandate to address mental health and addiction issues. It also said that if it were to form the next government it would establish a cabinet post in charge of mental health and addiction.
    Grade: green circle

    Universal National Pharmacare


    Action 3.1: Introducing a universal, single-payer, national pharmacare program
    The Green Party was the first party to call for a universal pharmacare system in Canada. It remains committed to this goal and has stated that universal, national pharmacare is the best way to support Canadians’ medication needs while also reducing the cost of medications. The party supports the recommendations made by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health and supported by Parliamentary Budget Officer review to expand the Canada Health Act to include prescription drug coverage in this manner. The party also agrees with the recommendations of the final report by the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare calling for the establishment of a $15 billion universal, single-payer public pharmacare system in Canada.
    Grade: green circle

  • Liberal Party of Canada

    Timely Access to Care Through the Patient’s Medical HomeLiberal Party of Canada logo


    Action 1.1: Standardizing the PMH vision across Canada and supporting reforms through a primary health care transition fund
    From 2000 to 2007 the Primary Health Care Transition Fund (PHCTF), initiated under the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien, contributed $800 million to support various initiatives such as collaborative team development, chronic disease management, information technology development (including telehealth and electronic medical records), and enhanced access hours up to 24/7. At this time the Liberal Party has not offered any support for a renewal of the PHCTF, however, recent announcements contained commitment to improve access to family physicians, specifically through interprofessional team approach.
    Grade: yellow circle

    Action 1.2: Adopting the PMH vision in all areas of federal health care delivery
    During the Liberals’ most recent term in office (2015–2019) some federal agencies such as the Canadian Armed Forces and the Correctional Service of Canada have enhanced the integrated delivery of health care services for populations in their care. However, no specific commitments to strengthening primary care delivery have been made as part of the current campaign.
    Grade: yellow circle
     

    Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care


    Action 2.1: Integrating accessible mental health services as part of primary care practices
    In August 2017 the Liberal government signed a series of bilateral agreements with provinces and territories based on a Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities. Among those priorities is a clear commitment to improve access to mental health and addiction services. Budget 2017 confirmed an investment of $5 billion over 10 years in this area. More information is needed on how the Liberal Party supports the integration of mental health services as part of primary care, specifically on how improvements enabled by this investment will be measured. The Liberal Party platform suggests further work to set “clear national standards for access to mental health services” is a priority.
    Grade: green circle

    Action 2.2: Supporting and adopting the principle of mental health parity through a mental health parity act
    The Liberal Party supports the inclusion of mental health services within medicare and the Canada Health Act. The party also supports the establishment of a universal system of effective mental health programs and services as a component of Canada’s health care system. However, no specifics have been made available thus far about the adoption of a mental health parity act.
    Grade: yellow circle


    Universal National Pharmacare


    Action 3.1: Introducing a universal, single-payer, national pharmacare program
    The Liberal Party has formed and enabled the work of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. The Liberal Party’s health platform has included specific steps that will build a foundation for the eventual establishment of a national, universal pharmacare system. Greater clarity on how these steps and the eventual system will be funded is useful.
    Grade: green circle
  • New Democratic Party

    Timely Access to Care Through the Patient’s Medical HomeNew Democratic Party logo


    Action 1.1: Standardizing the PMH vision across Canada and supporting reforms through a primary health care transition fund
    The NDP has expressed support for a PMH-style interprofessional approach to health care delivery. It has committed to working with provinces, territories, and stakeholders to determine how to reach this goal but has not yet set out any plans or funding commitments.
    Grade: yellow circle

    Action 1.2: Adopting the PMH vision in all areas of federal health care delivery
    The NDP has committed to adopting the PMH vision for federal health care delivery. The NDP commits to working with Health Canada to adopt the PMH principles in health care delivery for groups under federal jurisdiction including veterans, Canadian Forces personnel, inmates, and First Nations and Inuit communities.
    Grade: green circle


    Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care


    Action 2.1: Integrating accessible mental health services as part of primary care practices
    The NDP has committed to reinvesting in the health care system and working with provinces, territories, and stakeholders to include mental health care as part of a head-to-toe approach to health. It has expressed a commitment to ensuring that Canadians can access the mental health services they need without worrying about out-of-pocket costs. At this time, the NDP has not put forward a timeline for implementation or a specific funding commitment for this work.
    Grade: yellow circle

    Action 2.2: Supporting and adopting the principle of mental health parity through a mental health parity act
    Although the NDP has committed to including mental health care as part of regular medicare coverage, it falls short of committing to implementing a mental health parity act that would protect the principle through legislation.
    Grade: yellow circle
     

    Universal National Pharmacare


    Action 3.1: Introducing a universal, single-payer, national pharmacare program
    The NDP has committed to implementing a universal, single-payer pharmacare system by late 2020 with an annual investment of $10 billion. This investment would support a comprehensive, evidence-based national formulary that would be administered by an independent public agency. Vocal support for universal, national, and public pharmacare has been a long-standing position of the NDP.
    Grade: green circle

CFPC Advocacy

Learn more about the CFPC’s priority health topics and what we are doing to bring these to the forefront for federal leadership and action!

READ THE CFPC’S ELECTION BACKGROUNDER

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As the voice of family medicine in Canada, the CFPC works with elected officials and key federal decision makers to ensure that they are kept apprised of new developments in family medicine, as well as informed about new initiatives and policy papers created by the CFPC. The CFPC is committed to supporting our more than 38,000 members by advocating for the role family physicians play in providing high-quality health care for patients and families in Canada.

The CFPC’s Health Policy and Government Relations Department monitors federal and provincial politics and stays up to speed on policies and legislation that affect our discipline and our members. Senior leaders from the CFPC also meet with MPs and government agency representatives to discuss the health care issues that matter most, with emphasis on patient-centred care, family medicine education, and the importance of research in primary care.

Highlights of CFPC advocacy work since the federal election in 2015 include:

Take Action

Remind your elected Member of Parliament what matters to you about health care!

The CFPC encourages you to reach out to your newly elected MP to help us make sure that health care is a federal priority in this term of government.

Voter Resources

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You can easily check whether you are registered to vote, update your address, or register to vote if you are not already on the national register, using the Elections Canada Voter Registration Service.


How to vote

Visit the Elections Canada Voter Information Service for information about how to vote including rules governing identification, your electoral district, a list of candidates, locations for advance and election day polling places, the address of your local Elections Canada office, and maps!

www.elections.ca
 

CFPC allies in health care

The CFPC supports a range of organizations that are campaigning for improved health care outcomes. Following is a list of allied health care organizations or groups that the CFPC is partnered with and what they are doing for the election:
  • The CFPC supports the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health’s call for a mental health parity act, as well as the annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign that culminates in Mental Illness Awareness Week. For more information, go to camimh.ca
  • The CFPC is a signatory to the Canadian Alliance of Physicians for the Environment’s (CAPE) call to action on climate change and health. For more information, see https://cape.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Call-to-Action-Full-logos-updated-EN-June-25-2019.pdf
  • The CFPC contributes to the Canadian Coalition on Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21) and supports it’s calls to action in it’s 2019 election playbook. For more information, visit www.ccph21.ca/election-2019/

 

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