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New Video: How Drugs are Approved in Canada


A new video on the drug approval process in Canada is now available on the website, an online forum that features opinion pieces about relevant health policy topics. To view this video, please click here.



Canada Ranks Low in International Study Comparing Health Care


A recent international study by the Commonwealth Fund compared 11 nations on health care quality, access, efficiency and equity, as well as healthy life indicators such as infant mortality. In the study, entitled "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally - 2014 Update," Canada's overall health care ranking was 10th on the list while the United States finished last.


To view the complete results, please click here.



Alberta Releases Primary Care Strategy


The Government of Alberta has released its Primary Care Strategy. This strategy sets the vision for moving Alberta's primary health care system forward in a way that "supports Albertans to be as healthy as they can be." It is intended to guide policy-making in order to better meet the needs of Albertans.


To address current health care challenges, the document sets out three strategic directions:


1) Enhancing the delivery of care;


2) Bringing about cultural change within the system; and,


3) Establishing building blocks for change.


To read the Strategy, please click here.



Canadian Health Policy Institute Challenges Private Health Industry


A new study by the Canadian Public Health Policy Institute (CHPI) challenges the argument by the private health insurance industry that new medicine costs are not sustainable without government intervention. According to the study, private insurance expenditures on dental, vision, professionals, hospitals and administration are growing two to five time faster than spending on new medicines. The report is accessible on the CHPI website at:



Alberta Artists Featured at International Art Exhibit on Inflammatory Diseases


Twelve Albertan artists from the Alberta College of Art and Design recently participated in a global art exhibition focused on conveying through their work the experience of living with a chronic autoimmune condition.


The exhibit "Perspectives - Art, Inflammation and Me" featured over 200 artists from around the world and was meant to enhance the public's understanding of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs) and their impact on patients and society. It debuted at the 9th Congress of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization (ECCO) in Copenhagen on February 20, 2014.


To view the work of the 12 Alberta artists, as well as nine selected international pieces, please click here.



Canadian Diabetes Association Launches Charter


The Canadian Diabetes Association has launched its "Diabetes Charter for Canada."


This Charter provides statements that outline what people with diabetes can and should expect from themselves and others in the diabetes community.


Learn more about the Charter and endorse it at


For more information, contact Linda Smith at



Public Mental Health and Addictions Program Final Report Released

The final report of the "Gap Analysis of Public Mental Health and Addictions Programs (GAP-MAP)" project has been released.

The initiative, led by Professor T. Cameron Wild, included input from 6,000 randomly-selected Alberta adults. The purpose of the report was to produce a "detailed, comprehensive, and systematic description of provincially funded addiction and mental health services in relation to population need." The report will assist the provincial government in future planning and resource allocation decisions.


To access the full report, click here.



Alberta Launches Compassionate Care Leave


Beginning February 1, 2014, Albertans are now eligible for job protection under the compassionate care leave program.


Under this new provincial program, Albertans who qualify can take up to eight weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave from work to care for a loved one with a serious medical condition at a significant risk of death. To be eligible, employees must have worked for their employer for at least 52 consecutive weeks.


For more information about the program and eligibility, please click here.



Alberta Health Act Comes Into Force


The new Alberta Health Act came into force on January 1, 2014, after being passed by the Alberta Legislature in November 2010.


The Act establishes a Health Charter that outlines Alberta's commitment to the Canada Health Act principles. It also creates two new patient advocate positions.


The Health Advocate's Office will be fully operational to inquiries from Albertans by April 1, 2014. The purpose of the office will be to link patients and their families to providers, receive complaints, request investigations and request inspections of seniors' facilities.


The Act is available to download here.