Tracking Supply and Demand

The NDP recognizes the importance of collection and use of Health Human Resource data. Proposed actions include either a broadening of mandate for Canadian Institute for Health Information or establishment of an independent HHR observatory for this purpose. Measurement of impact made by non-physician health professionals is acknowledged.

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Efforts on measuring and using the supply and demand of health providers have been present but slow to materialize as the Physician Resource Planning Task Force has faced multiple delays. Health Canada is contributing to support work in this area through the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Future of Medical Education in Canada project (AFMC’s FMEC-PG project), showing promise for the future. Using this information to inform the makeup of Canada’s health workforce is crucial.

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The Liberal Party acknowledges the necessity to develop mechanisms to measure the supply and demand of health provider services. It is positioned as a necessary step to achieve better access to the right kinds of care. No specific suggestions are made on obtaining and using this data to drive the health human resource planning.

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The Green Party supports a National Health Human Resources (HHR) strategy to ensure that all Canadians have equal access to healthcare nationwide across urban/rural boundaries. Their platform does not address strategies to measure supply and demand and to use this information for further planning.

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Taking Care of the Care Providers

Emphasis on team-based care and addressing the isolation of rural and remote environments are some of the NDP-suggested methods of ensuring care providers remain in good health. While there are positive suggestions made, no specifics are provided.

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While portions of the Health Human Resource Strategy address issues such as personal-professional life balance, many issues remain, in particular burnout and heavy on-call hours affecting physicians, especially in rural areas. The CFPC urges federal decision-makers to consider policies that take care of our health care providers.

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The current planning documents for the Liberal Party make no mention of ensuring the well-being of health care providers.

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The Green Party advocates for better geographic allocation of health care professionals to reduce the disproportionate burdens placed on rural health care workers to prevent health care provider burn out. The platform does not provide concrete pathways to achieve this distribution or achieve the reduced burden.

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