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

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Healthcare in Canada - February 1997

Clinidata, Montreal, a subsidiary of Hoechst Marion Roussel has launched its Health Management Call Centre located in Moncton, New Brunswick. The centre was initially designed to support the province's pioneering Tele-Care concept, which offers New Brunswickers bilingual Tele-Triage service, in which callers with symptoms-related health problems are empowered to make decisions that lead them to the most clinically effective and efficient source of care.

The Ontario Ministry of Health has announced further funding reductions to the province's health care sector. The government has been committed to a total reduction to hospital operating budgets of $1.3 billion, over a three year period. This means that in 1996 $365 million was cut, a further $435 million will be cut in 1997, and another $507 million is scheduled to be cut in 1998/99. The government also announced a reinvestment of $61.5 million in Ontario's healthcare system for hospitals, chronic care and long-term care. The reinvestment includes: $18 million for hospitals which have experienced higher-than-expected demand for services last year due to an increase in population, $14 million to recognize the special challenges facing Northern Ontario hospitals which serve patients over large geographic areas, $25 million in funding for hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area with significant population increases, $3.5 million for Grey-Owen Sound to increase long-term care services and $1 million for chronic care at the Dufferin-Caledon Health Care Corporation.

Shooting Star Technologies, Edmonton, has announced the official opening of the new Gimbel Eye Centre - Toronto. This new centre will offer Ontario patients quality laser refractive surgery and the latest in technology for eye care.

MediaLinx Interactive, Toronto, co-creator of the Sympatico Internet service and the HealthyWay Web site has entered into a joint development program with Medisys Health Group Inc., Montreal. The companies will explore a number of electronic-based consumer health services, including the development of remote consultation and monitoring services, online medical product retailing and internet services for health professionals and the general public.

The Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation has committed funding of $4.7 million over three years for phase two of the Canadian Collaborative Study of Genetic Susceptibility in Multiple Sclerosis. Phase one of the study, which began in 1993, resulted in researchers clarifying the role of genetic factors in families which have more than one case of MS (familial aggregation). They have been able to pinpoint specific chromosomes that warrant additional and more detailed investigation.

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* Healthcare in Canada - January 1997
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* Healthcare in Canada - August 1996
* Healthcare in Canada - July 1996
* Healthcare in Canada - June 1996

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