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Healthcare in Canada - April 2000
Ontario Energy, Science and Technology Minister Jim Wilson announced that The Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund will invest up to $75 million over five years to fund genomics research. The funding includes an $8 million commitment to expand the Ontario Centre for Genomic Computing at The Hospital for Sick Children. Up to $48.9 million has been committed to research at the universities of Toronto, Western Ontario, Guelph and Ottawa, and at the Ontario Cancer Institute. To receive the funding, the institutions must obtain private sector support of at least one-third of the estimated costs of their research projects.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information has released its first annual report Health Care in Canada 2000 on healthcare spending trends in Canada. The report, produced jointly with Statistics Canada, stated: Canada spent approximately $86 billion spent on healthcare in 1999, 70% came from public coffers. Spending on hospitals has declined over the past 20 years, dropping to 32% of total health expenditures in 1999 compared to 43% in 1979. Canadian hospitals reported about 25% fewer beds in 1997/98 compared to 1984/85. Rates of day surgery more than doubled over the same period. A 12-page summary report can be downloaded from the CIHI web site at www.cihi.ca.
Ontario Health and Long-Term Care Minister Elizabeth Witmer has announced that the Ontario government will invest $3.8 million annually to provide genetic testing for people at risk of developing hereditary breast, ovarian or colon cancer, covered by the provincial healthcare insurance system. The program was established as part of recommendation from a Provincial Advisory Committee on Predictive Genetic Services. Genetic testing and counseling will be offered at the Provincial Regional Genetic Program's nine regional centres, located in downtown Toronto, north Toronto, Oshawa, Mississauga, Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Kingston and Sudbury with a total of: 21 clinical genetic clinics, 11 cytogenetic and biochemical genetic testing laboratories, and 7 molecular/DNA genetics laboratories.
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- March 2000
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