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

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Healthcare in Canada - February 1999

The Canadian government has pledged an extra $11.5 billion in health-care funding over the next five years as it unveiled its 1999-2000 budget. The allocation will bring federal health spending back to the levels of the mid-1990s before huge cuts were made to help eliminate the deficit. Of the new money, about $2 billion will be spent in the coming fiscal year.

Other budget allocations include:

Finance Minister Paul Martin announced that $55 million, over a three-year period, will be given to face the issue of diabetes in Canada. Of the $55 million, a significant amount will be given to address the issue of diabetes in the Aboriginal population. People of Aboriginal descent are at least three times more likely than the general population to have or develop diabetes. In Canada, 1.5 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that by the year 2010, the number of Canadians diagnosed with diabetes will rise to 3 million.

As part of the budget announcement is the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research which will transform the structure that supports much of Canada's health research enterprise. The CIHR will bring together all fields of health research in all regions of the country.

The federal budget provides $328 million, over the next three to four years, for health information initiatives.

In other news:

Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), a stroke treatment, has been approved for use in Canada. T-PA is the first effective and established drug for patients who come to hospital within the first three hours of a stroke.

Health Canada has given York University Centre for Health Studies $75,000 For a Study on Effects of Alternative Health Practices and Therapies. An increasing number of Canadians are turning to alternative health practices and therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology and herbal medicines, sometimes in combination with conventional medicine. But it remains unclear whether consumers are enhancing their health or putting themselves at risk. The study will also evaluate the level of consumer information about the appropriate use or dangers involved with the use of alternative health practices, making recommendations for future research.

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