Connecting with Canadians
Strengthening Accountability in the Canadian Health Care System
In the February 2003 Health Accord, our First Ministers committed themselves to "enhancing the transparency and accountability of our health care system while ensuring that health care remains affordable".
The public, stakeholders and even governments agree that the governance of our health care system needs an injection of accountability.
The Health Network has directed a series of projects to map out the accountability relationships within Canadian health care system. The first of the series, by Fooks and Maslove outlined these relationships and the meaning of accountability. The next five papers elaborated on a number of different routes to accountability: legal; legislative; citizen engagement; performance measurements; and citizen governors. A final synthesis paper will outline the common issues and provide the "next steps" for understanding accountability in health care.