The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC), the national association that represents healthcare delivery organizations providing health services for children, youth and their families, is encouraged by the investments announced in Budget 2017 to strengthen our health care system, in particular those targeting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children and youth.
Budget 2017 builds on priorities established through recently negotiated health transfers between the federal government and provinces and territories (investments in mental health and home care), and addresses gaps which directly impact the health and wellbeing of children and youth across the country.
Specifically, CAPHC is pleased to see $828.2 million over five years to improve the health outcomes of First Nations children and youth – including mental health services and harm reduction measures for this vulnerable population. Further, $83.2 million of this amount is targeted to expand maternal and child health services for First Nations and Inuit families with children under the age of six.
CAPHC applauds the federal government for its continuing support of the Canadian Institute for Health Information ($53 million) to address health data gaps to support improved health decision making. CAPHC and CIHI are close partners, who together facilitate an integrated approach for data sharing to enable access to pediatric decision support tools through CAPHC’s Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network (CPDSN).
Strategic investments in Canada Health Infoway ($300 million), the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement ($51 million), the opioid crisis ($100 million) and changes to parental leave and Employment Insurance benefits will all positively impact the health and wellbeing of our children and youth.
“CAPHC is pleased to see the federal government respond to challenges facing Canada’s paediatric population, in particular the mental and physical health of First Nations children and youth. We look forward to working with our federal partners to recognize the value of, and honour the commitment to establish a Commissioner for Children and Youth” – Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, Chair, CAPHC.
The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) is a non-profit organization recognized as a leader in advancing the improvement of healthcare for Canada’s children and youth. CAPHC’s mandate is to affect system-wide change in the delivery of healthcare services by focusing on innovative initiatives and programs that have broad national relevance. Today, CAPHC is proud to support inter-professional child and youth health care providers and families from more than 70 organizations in Canada.
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President & CEO, CAPHC