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Canada has invested significant financial resources and energy (including numerous federal and provincial commissions) in efforts to make the healthcare system more responsive to evolving needs. Nonetheless, there is general consensus that Canada’s healthcare systems have been too slow to adapt. A 2008 report by the Health Council of Canada concludes that since the 2003 Health Accord there have been improvements in access to care in some clinical priority areas, such as hip and knee replacement and cataract surgery. However, it also identifies a number of areas where “progress on the accord commitments is not a cause for celebration” (HCC, 2008:34). These areas include drug coverage and safe and appropriate prescribing; home care; aboriginal health; primary healthcare; the healthcare workforce; electronic health records and information technology; and accountability.
This paper suggests avenues that governments can take to support the transformation of the healthcare system to provide better care and services.