Magazine article Anglican Journal

Network Pushes for Values-Based Health Covenant

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Network Pushes for Values-Based Health Covenant

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An ecumenical health care network is urging Canadian Christians to sign a petition urging the federal government's National Health Council to begin the work of involving Canadians in the creation of a Health Covenant.

The Canadian Council of Churches' Ecumenical Health Care Network, of which the Anglican Church of Canada is a member, said establishing a Health Covenant would "set out guiding principles for reform of the health care system based on Canadians' most deeply held values" such as "equity, collective responsibility, compassion and caring." These values, the network said in a statement, "should take priority over a market-driven approach to health care."

"There are a lot of competing visions out there," said United Church of Canada's Jim Marshall, who co-chairs the network. "We want to get some discussion going and let the discussion be focused on values from which future reforms should flow."

The new $41-billion health care agreement transfers $18 billion from the federal government to the provinces for provincial health systems over the next six years, with automatic increases of six per cent a year until 2015, to keep up with rising costs of healthcare. …

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