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Healthcare in Canada - January 2002
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) reports that Canada's healthcare system spent $102.5 billion in 2001 and expects to maintain a 6-7% growth rate for the next few years. Public sector spending accounted for $74.5 billion in 2001, up 7.9% from $69 billion in 2000. Private-sector spending, by households and insurance companies was $28 billion in 2001, compared to $26.8 billion in 2000. Hospital expenditures were $32.2 billion (31.5% of the total) in 2001. Overall hospital spending has been hit hard. Hospital spending remains well below its proportional high of 45.2% in 1976, even though the amount that year was just under $6.4 billion.
Quebec is set to introduce a comprehensive health smart card. The entire Quebec population of 7.4 million people will start receiving their cards in 2003. The $159 million project will be phased in over two to three years and will enable physicians and other health professionals to have direct access to patients' clinical history, securely stored anonymously in a databank. The system will be monitored by a surveillance committee composed of the Quebec College of Physicians, the family physician and specialist federations and other health-care representative bodies.
A report by the Canadian Public Health Association recommends that Canada should not permit transplantation of animal organs to humans, even on a trial basis, until safety and ethical issues are resolved. The main concern is that the transfer of animal organs, could transmit viruses or unknown infectious agents to human populations, potentially causing a deadly epidemic.
Healthcare in Canada - December 2001
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