Ghiz, Wall co-chair premiers working group to share health care innovation

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Premier Robert Ghiz speaks to reporters following a meeting of Canadian premiers in British Columbia on Tuesday.


Premier Robert Ghiz is co-chairing a national premiers’ health care working group that will get provinces working together to share innovative ideas and methods to improve health service delivery across the country.

Ghiz held a news conference announcing the new initiative this morning with fellow co-chair Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. The two are in Victoria, B.C., where the country’s premiers and territorial leaders have been meeting for the Council of the Federation winter deliberations.

Both Ghiz and Wall said the purpose of this working group is to create a collaborative process among the provinces and territories for transformation to help ensure the sustainability of health-care services.

With a focus on innovation, the working group will also seek to enhance provincial/territorial capacity to better meet new challenges in health-care systems, including the needs of seniors, patients with chronic diseases and Northern populations.

“This crucial work will be done under the leadership of premiers working with health-care providers,” Ghiz said.

“They are the untapped strength of the system.”

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare,” Wall noted.  

“Premiers want to create a new approach that provides better quality care while being sustainable.”

Both premiers said they believe the federal government should continue to play a key role in the health care system in Canada, but that provinces can take the lead on improving and innovating at the service delivery level.

“This crucial work will be done under the leadership of premiers working with health-care providers,” Premier Robert Ghiz

“We’re looking at things we can do together as provinces,” Ghiz said.

“I think that there’s going to be many areas where we can perhaps eliminate some red tape that’s in the way that could lead to cost savings into the future. I think that there is enormous potential in this area.”

In consultation with health-care providers, over the next six months the working group will focus on several key areas. It will examine the scope of practice of health-care providers to find solutions and better meet patient and population needs in a safe, competent and cost effective manner. Challenges with staffing shortages will also be addressed and a more coordinated process will be explored to deal with competition across health systems. As well, the group will look into how to accelerate the development and adoption of best clinical and surgical practice guidelines so that all Canadians benefit from up-to-date practices.

The working group is expected to meet at least two times before providing its first report at the July 2012 Council of the Federation annual meeting in Halifax.



Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Victoria, Canada Halifax

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Recent comments

  • Solve
    January 17, 2012 - 19:15

    Should work at solving the pei health problems first.Do for Canada the same as you do for pei.Through words at the problem.

  • spud
    January 17, 2012 - 16:10

    Ghizmo can't do anything to help PEI with health care how in hell is he going to do anything for Canadian health care ALL TALK NO ACTION THAT'S ROBERT GHUZ!!!

    January 17, 2012 - 15:49

    All Ghiz is capable of is throwing around big words. How about giving a damn about the poor and working poor of PEI, Ghiz. How about seeing to it that your wretched miserable subjects don't have to sit in the dark and freeze. Get with the PROGRAM OR GET THE H@%% OUT!!!! Oh yeah, right ***.

  • Exactamundo
    January 17, 2012 - 15:30

    It's not rocket science. The internet can tell a person what a doctor can. No longer should there be such great emphasis put on the almighty doctor. They are not as important as they were 100 years ago people. "IDEA" is bang on. Times are changing people...there is less need for a lot of things with technology...including doctors.

  • Island Mom
    January 17, 2012 - 14:26

    All the women of Canada should beward, Ghiz can't even recognize the full reproductive rights of the women who live in little old PEI, let alone the rest of Canada. Good luck with that!

  • Idea
    January 17, 2012 - 13:13

    They have to change who can see a patient and who can prescribe medication. That is the only way to make a significant difference across the country. Nobody wants to do it because doctors are rich, educated and well connected. I'm not suggesting we use google to diagnose our own problems (which many do already because we can't get into our doctor) but a pharmacist should be able to provide a higher class of medication than they do now. If we can't recruit doctors than the next logical step is to go one step lower. The value of a doctor is becoming less as they are not readily available and resources over the internet are.