Advocacy Updates

CAR Day on the Hill 2017

On November 6 and 7, members of the CAR will be on Parliament Hill to celebrate International Day of Radiology and pay tribute to the work being done by their colleagues across Canada. This year, building upon the success of the last year’s CAR Day on the Hill, the event has grown to encompass two days of advocacy and awareness-raising about the value of radiology and the importance of imaging for patient care.

The event will kick off with an evening reception in the Centre Block of Parliament Hill highlighting the value of radiology. Additionally, the reception will focus on the theme of artificial intelligence and how technological advancements in the field are being harnessed by radiologists to enhance clinical workflows and optimize patient care.  

This year, the CAR delegates will be joined by representatives from IBM Watson Health Imaging and GE Healthcare, who will be providing demos of the AI tools currently being developed for use by radiologists in their clinical workflows. 

2017 Pre-Budget Submission

On August 4, the CAR submitted its brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of its pre-budget consultation process. The report is intended to inform and influence the federal government as it prepares its budget and considers its spending priorities.

Read the CAR's 2017 Pre-Budget Submission here

The Committee asked which federal measures will help individuals and businesses become more productive and competitive. Investment in the healthcare system is a key component of increasing productivity. Maintaining a healthy labour force necessitates a resilient healthcare system that meets the needs of Canadians, which makes healthcare an essential component of lasting economic growth.

The CAR recommends:

1. Investing $612 million, over five years, to ensure that available imaging equipment meets the quality standards that patients deserve.

2. Investing $9 million, over three years, to fund projects demonstrating clinical decision support tools for diagnostic imaging to enhance the delivery of patient care in a measurable way.

3. Investing $10.5 million over three years to guide thoughtful implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in medicine and healthcare.

4. Heeding the expertise of physicians as part of the consultation process on tax planning for CCPCs to reduce possible disruption to the comprehensive delivery of health services.

The Pre-Budget Submission is an example of the advocacy and government relations work that the CAR is conducting on behalf of our members.

Interested in meeting your MP?
The CAR will be offering support and materials for members who would like to contact their local Member of Parliament to increase awareness of these and other issues. For more information, please contact Casey Hurrell, Manager of Health Policy at churrell@car.caor 613-860-3111 ext. 205.

On August 4, the CAR submitted its brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of its pre-budget consultation process. The report is intended to inform and influence the federal government as it prepares its budget and considers its spending priorities.

 

Read the CAR's 2017 Pre-Budget Submission here

 

The Pre-Budget Submission is an example of the advocacy and government relations work that the CAR is conducting on behalf of our members. Following the official submission, the document will be translated and made available to the membership at large.

 

Interested in meeting you MP? The CAR will be offering support and materials for members who would like to contact their local Member of Parliament to increase awareness of these and other issues. For more information, please contact Casey Hurrell, Manager of Health Policy at churrell@car.caor 613-860-3111 ext. 205.