For Canadians to successfully navigate the health system, it must be functionally integrated along the full continuum of care and address three key issues:
- Social determinants of health
- Health promotion
- Disease prevention
That was the conclusion CNA, the Canadian Medical Association and the Health Action Lobby delivered after discussions on how Canada could achieve the world’s best health and health care by 2025.
Such a system would require:
- Interprofessional collaborative teams (to ensure patients the right provider, at the right time, in the right place, for the right care)
- Leadership from physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health-care providers (since governments alone cannot achieve the necessary change)
- Long-term relationships between Canadians and their primary health care teams
Integration: A New Direction for Canadian Health Care, a report developed at two workshop summits (2012-2013) among providers and the public, establishes the framework for achieving this health-care vision for Canadians by 2025.