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The following is a review of developments affecting health care in Canada

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Healthcare in Canada - January 1997

According to Statistics Canada, cancer and heart disease are the two biggest enemies for Canadians, accounting for 54.7 percent of all deaths in the country in 1995. Stroke ranks third among the leading causes of death, accounting for another 7.4 percent of deaths in the country in 1995. For the second year in a row, the number of deaths due to cancer exceeded those due to heart disease. AIDS accounted for 0.8 of all deaths in Canada.

Toronto's The Doctors Hospital has become Ontario's first Ambulatory Care or Day Hospital that specializes in quick and convenient access to basic health care. Doctors Hospital performs many surgical procedures, including gallbladders, hernias, tonsils and cataracts using the most advanced laser and video technology.

Dynacare Inc., Toronto, announced that it has been advised by the controlling shareholders of the Company, the Albert Latner family of Toronto, that they are considering making a proposal to take the company private. Dynacare operates full-service laboratories in Ontario, Alberta, California, New York, Washington, Texas, and Wyoming.

DiagnoCure, Ste-Foy, Quebec has developed ImmunoCyt-1, a new-generation diagnostic test developed to detect superficial bladder cancer. Founded in 1994, DiagnoCure Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company specialized in the development and commercialization of products for the diagnosis and treatment of genito-urinary cancers, such as bladder, prostate and renal cancers, as well as breast cancer.

MDS Inc., Toronto, announced the establishment of a joint venture with Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation. The Georgia Division of Columbia has been selected as the initial site to implement an innovative system that will integrate and automate all laboratory services at 17 Columbia hospitals in the state. The integrated laboratory service system to be created by the joint venture will consist of a automated core laboratory, as well as rapid-response hospital laboratories. The system will be integrated through advanced information technology which blends the MDS AutoLab proprietary APX technology with the Meditech systems used in the Columbia hospitals.

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