Timely Access to Care Through the Patient’s Medical Home

Action 1.1: Standardizing the PMH vision across Canada and supporting reforms through a primary health care transition fund

The Conservative Party has committed to maintaining the 3 per cent annual growth of the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer. It has indicated that it would support provinces choosing to use federal transfer money to invest in innovative solutions for improving the health care system, such as through implementing the PMH. However, the party has not said that it would dedicate specific funds for primary health care transition, nor would it take on a leadership role in this area.

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Action 1.2: Adopting the PMH vision in all areas of federal health care delivery

The Conservative Party is open to considering innovative ways to improve health outcomes of the populations for which the federal government is responsible for health care delivery, including using the PMH vision. However, the party has not indicated a plan or funding commitment for adopting the PMH vision, resulting in a yellow grade in this area.

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Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care

Action 2.1: Integrating accessible mental health services as part of primary care practices

The Conservative Party has indicated that it would support provinces choosing to use federal transfer money to invest in innovative solutions for improving the health care system, such as through implementing a collaborative care model. However, the party is not taking a leadership role in allocating specific funds to support the co-location of mental health care workers in primary care settings.

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Action 2.2: Supporting and adopting the principle of mental health parity through a mental health parity act

The Conservative Party has expressed support for treating mental health as a critical priority and has committed to maintaining mental health funding transfers. However, the party maintains the position that health care is a local issue that differs from one region to another. As such it will leave the provinces to allocate health funds according to their needs. The Conservative Party has earned a red grade here for its lack of commitment to introducing a mental health parity act.

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Universal National Pharmacare 

Action 3.1: Introducing a universal, single-payer, national pharmacare program

The Conservative Party has dismissed the recommendations of the federal Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. Preference has been given to alternative patchwork approaches such as filling gaps in coverage for people without access to provincial or employer-sponsored plans. This approach would not ensure consistent access across the country and would not achieve the same benefits as having the federal government act as a strong, central negotiating power to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

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