Abby Lippman, Professor of Epidemiology at McGill University and Co-Chair of the CWHN notes, for example, that the Report's recommendations on a national prescription
drug program do not go far enough, addressing only acute health care requirements, "To meet the needs of most women more than 'catastrophic' situations must be covered in a comprehensive pharmacare program".
also believes that the report fails to focus meaningfully on measures that address health promotion and disease prevention, highlighting only methods of treatment and intervention, which are often costly and inefficient.
Lippman states that "while we welcome attention to the provision of primary care, this seems to assume preventive approaches based on changes by individuals rather than on structural changes that will promote the diverse health needs of all women in Canada".
also notes that the report does not address the impact of economic and social disparities on individual health status, "Government programs and policies should require health impact assessments and programs that address structural inequities", Lippman
Prof. Abby Lippman, Co-Chair
Canadian Women's Health Network
Phone: (514) 398-6266