We hope the report opens the door to further discussions around the value of pan-Canadian collaboration as a means to promote to sustainable health-care funding and delivery. The findings are another timely confirmation of the need for the transformation of the health-care system and of the benefits of collaboration and integration.
The Senate report noted: “For witnesses appearing before the committee, the way forward was clear: long lasting transformative change could only occur through the breaking down silos between sectors within health care systems; facilitating collaboration among different health care professionals; adopting compatible health information systems; and establishing health governance and funding arrangements to support these developments.”
These four aspects of transformational change speak directly to Canadian Blood Service’s on-going corporate governance and funding model, which can be seen as a 13-year demonstration of successful cross-jurisdictional, cost-sharing in action. Our unique model is one that encourages collaboration and co-operation and is firmly centered on patient outcomes. It succeeds because it allows the provincial and territorial jurisdictions to accomplish more together than they can achieve separately.