The following is a review of developments affecting health care in CanadaThe information is updated the first week of every month - so ... make this a regular stop in your information gathering activities.
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Healthcare in Canada - March 2002
Canadian Diagnostic Centres has established a private CT clinic in Vancouver. The clinic joined St. Paul's Hospital in offering consumers a chance to rule out disease by providing scans of mainly the heart, lungs and abdomen. Because the scans are not considered medically necessary, they are not paid for under the provincial health plan.
Canadian researchers seeking to create stem cells from human embryos will be eligible for federal funding for the first time under guidelines made public in March. The guidelines do not allow the creation of embryos specifically for the purpose of deriving such cell lines. Rather, the cells would be obtained from embryos left over from infertility treatment. The Canadian policy differs from that of the United States, where federally funded researchers are required to work with existing cell lines without creating new ones. The difference is significant because there are a limited number of embryonic cell lines available now and there are problems with quality and commercial restrictions on their use. The guidelines will not have the force of law but it is expected they will be incorporated into long-awaited legislation on new reproductive and genetic technologies. The rules will apply immediately to all research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Healthcare in Canada - February 2002
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