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

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Healthcare in Canada - April 2001

The Canadian government has budgeted $136 million to support 22 large-scale research projects and technology platforms at five Genome Centres across the country. Genome BC will receive $35 million, Genome Prairies $15 million, the Ontario Genomics Institute $36 million, Genome Quebec $40 million, and Genome Atlantic $10 million. The funds will support large-scale projects and technology platforms with applications in health, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, the environment as well as the social, legal and ethical aspects of genomics. The centres and the projects were selected by the board of Genome Canada- on the recommendation of a panel of international experts in genomics and ethics research. A list of approved projects and the membership of the review panel are available on the Genome Canada Web site at: http://www.genomecanada.ca/

The Quebec government has dedicated $600-million for family health. Finance minister Pauline Marois announced an additional $2 billion for health for the year 2001/2002, of which $1.3 billion will be for operating budgets. This raises the total health budget to $16.7 billion, almost 40% of total program spending and about one-third of Quebec government spending overall for the year.

Edmonton is the headquarters of the new Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation. The program to boost organ and tissue donation received $20-million over 5 years. According to Statistics Canada, Canada has one of the lowest rates of organ donation in the industrialized world, with fewer than 14 donors for every one million people, compared to 21 per million in the United States, and 31.5 per million in Spain. Close to 4,000 Canadians are currently waiting for transplanted kidneys, lungs or livers, as well as replacement corneas, heart valves, bone grafts and skin. In 2000, 147 Canadians died awaiting organs. Dr. Philip Belitsky of Dalhousie University and the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax will serve as the first chairman of the council. He recently served as co-chair for the National Coordinating Committee on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation. Health Canada is also giving the Canadian Standards Association $2 million to define and maintain principles governing donation practices.

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