Submission to the (Romanow) Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (May 28, 2002)
“The (Romanow) Commission is correct in its observation that this current discussion about health care is an ethical one. From our perspective, this discussion is fundamentally about what form of justice will prevail as we wrestle with who we are, what we owe each other as citizens and neighbours, and what legacy we will leave for future generations of people in Canada.”
Forum on the Future of Health Care in Canada (2002)
Over 100 senior church leaders and health care providers met on Parliament Hill to debate the future of health care in Canada. Led by the contributions of Dr. Michael Rachlis and Dr. Nuala Kenny, the forum participants built on their long history of engagement with health care as providers, ethicists, nurses, pastors, chaplains and counsellors.
Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (October 29, 2001)
Historically, Canadian churches have contributed to the development of Canada’s publicly funded and administered health care system, as service providers (eg. religious hospitals, homes for the chronically ill and aged, programs for the poor), as stakeholders (eg. pastoral ministries and chaplaincy services to the ill and dying), and as supportive advocates of new ideas and approaches (eg. community based programs such as parish nursing.) For Christians, Jesus has taught us that illness, or, more importantly, wellness, requires spiritual as well as physical well being.
With this in mind, I will focus my comments on six areas; (1) principles for the provision of health care, (2) financing health care, (3) accountability of all levels of government, (4) the need for evidenced based research, (5) expanding care to include pharmacare and home care, and (6) support for use of the determinants of health in insuring integrated strategies and programs…