Health Care 2012

Many Canadians believe that Canada has a single national health care plan.  This is not the case.

Canada has a national health insurance program of thirteen interlocking provincial and territorial health insurance plans, which share certain common features and basic standards of coverage.

Through these plans, all insured people have access to medically necessary hospital and physician services on a prepaid basis.

As we face upcoming discussions on the future of health care across Canada, understanding how these plans are funded and administered is important.

With primary jurisdiction over the administration and delivery of health care services, the provinces and territories set their own priorities, administer their health care budgets and manage their own resources.

The federal government makes cash contributions to the provinces and territories under the federal Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and oversees the Canada Health Act.

The Canada Health Act sets out the criteria and conditions which must be satisfied by the provinces and territories in order for them to qualify for their full share of the CHT, namely public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability and accessibility.

Since our Government’s election in 2006, health care funding has grown at record high levels from $20 billion a year when we formed government to nearly $27 billion this year.

Additionally, the federal government recently made a further commitment to protect transfer growth in 2014-15 and beyond while being fiscally responsible.  This means that the federal Canada Health Transfer will continue to grow each year at record high levels from $30 billion per year in 2013-14 to $38 billion per year in 2018-19.

In total we will be investing over $178 billion in our health system from 2013-14 to 2018-19.

Like most Canadians across the country, constituents in Kelowna-Lake Country want a health care system that consistently provides timely, efficient, quality care and keeps pace with modern innovations in medicine.

Our federal government is doing its part by ensuring that your tax dollars are invested in long-term, stable health care funding and that the basic principles of health care in Canada are upheld.

It is now up to every one of us to determine what kind of health care system we want today and in the future so that an efficient and sustainable health care plan can be achieved in the province of BC.

For more information on the Canada Health Act or the federal government’s responsibilities and actions related to the health of Canadians, please go to www.hc-sc.gc.ca or feel free to contact my office at [email protected].

Ron Cannan is the Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.

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About the Author

The Honourable Ron Cannan was first elected as Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country in January, 2006. He was subsequently elected in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. He is a member of the Conservative Caucus.

On September 13th, 2012 Ron was summoned to be a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and will provide advice to the Government as a member of the Priorities and Planning Sub-Committee on Government Administration.

Ron successfully uses his experience and knowledge as a long-time Kelowna City Councillor and regional government representative to be an effective and enthusiastic champion for his riding and his constituents.

His greatest satisfaction comes from helping local organizations and citizens obtain the support they require from Ottawa. 

He is also dedicated to doing what it takes to ensure that the growing and vibrant communities in his riding continue to thrive and prosper.

He is proud of the partnership and cooperation between federal, provincial and municipal governments which have resulted in significant infrastructure projects including upgrades to Highway 97, expansion of the Kelowna International Airport, a new horticulture strategy for fruit growers, obtaining a full service passport office for Kelowna and addressing critical economic issues such as labour skills shortages.

He works closely with the local Chambers of Commerce and once a year arranges meetings for the Chamber with Cabinet Ministers and senior policy staff in Ottawa to move forward important local issues such as crime prevention and labour skills shortages.

He is also an ardent champion for important community initiatives including homelessness, mental health, women’s resources, and support of arts and culture.

On Parliament Hill, Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade since 2006 supporting initiatives which will broaden the economic opportunities for local businesses and businesses Canada-wide.

In previous parliamentary sessions Ron has been a member of the Standing Committee for Government Operations and Estimates, Veteran’s Affairs, Human Resources and Social Development, the Scrutiny of Regulations Committee, and the Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans.

Ron is also involved in a variety of inter-parliamentary organizations: he is Vice Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Group, and a member of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship group.

As Chair of the Conservative Wine Caucus, Ron works with his colleagues across the country to promote the wine regions of Canada.  Ron tabled Motion 218(formerly Motion 601) which supports direct to consumer purchasing of Canadian wine. His motion became Bill C-311, sponsored by MP Dan Albas, seconded by Ron, which was passed into law on June 28th, 2012.

Prior to entering politics, Ron developed a diverse business background as a small business owner and had several years experience in marketing and sales management working with corporations including Coca-Cola, Costco and Corus Entertainment.

Very active in his community, Ron has been a Director for both the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Central Okanagan Hospital Board. Ron also served on the Okanagan University College Access to Training Advisory Board, the Glenmore Elementary School Parents Advisory Council, and the Kelowna Christian School Fund Raising Committee. He was co-founder of the Okanagan Volunteer Festival. Currently Ron is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Kelowna and, along with his wife Cindy, was the honorary Chair of the 2012 Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Ball.

Ron lives a family-oriented and active lifestyle with his wife Cindy. He is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather to three grandsons. His hobbies include music and sports.

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