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Health System Reform

The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) supports public policies for improving the delivery of health care services that are integrative, patient-centred and reflective of outcomes. The CCA advocates that the Canada Health Act definition of “medically necessary” be revised to better reflect the needs of Canadians and the scientific evidence in order to:

  1. Assure that patients receive the most appropriate care;
  2. Assist in removing financial barriers which prevent patient access to the most efficacious, evidence-based treatment from the best qualified health care providers, and;
  3. Facilitate inter-disciplinary patient care where indicated.

It is the position of the CCA that government health plans should include meaningful coverage for chiropractic care and that every Canadian should have full and equitable access to chiropractic care.

The CCA supports health care system reform based on a multi-disciplinary, primary health care model that recognizes the effectiveness and cost-saving value of evidence-based, regulated health services, such as chiropractic, in addition to medicine.

The CCA believes that sustainability of the Canadian health care system can only be achieved through greater inter-professional co-operation and an integrated approach to patient care that emphasizes health promotion and preventive care.

The Canadian Chiropractic Association represents the professional interests of Canada’s chiropractors. Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces, and is one of the largest primary health care professions in Canada. The practice of chiropractic consists of the examination, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of spinal, joint and related neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

February 2005


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