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 - May 2004
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The Calgary Health Region, in partnership with the University of Calgary, has opened a new age 36-bed medical teaching unit at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. The unit features three wings, each accommodating 10 to 17 medical patients. The unit uses wired and wireless technology, has a large nursing station, and education, charting and conference areas. It is a prototypical design to test new concepts in health-care delivery, research, education and technology.
Manitoba's provincial government budget for 2004 allocates $3.2 billion for health care an increase of 5.2% over 2003. Manitoba continues to expand services. There was a new health-care centre/ hospital in Brandon (Manitoba's second largest city), one of the best treatment programs for diabetes and one of the shortest MRI waiting times. In the last five years the number of diagnostic tests such as MRIs, CT scans and ultrasounds has almost doubled and, in some cases, almost tripled. In the new budget, the government is promising a new MRI for Brandon, more staffing for emergency rooms, better access to family doctors and health information, increased numbers of heart surgeries and more dialysis units for northern communities.
The Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan is considering building a private MRI clinic on its reserve to offer services to paying customers now that the province has turned down its proposal to bill government insurance claimants for MRI services. The reserve had wanted to purchase a magnetic resonance imaging unit for its wellness centre on its urban reserve in Saskatoon. The band hoped to bill Saskatchewan Government Insurance for MRI services provided to its claimants but provincial health department officials told the band that would not be allowed. The band said Saskatchewan's Health Licensing Facilities Act, which requires MRI service operators to be licensed by the minister of health, does not apply to First Nations. Government officials dispute this claim and negotiations are underway.
Canadian Blood Services plans to enhance its screening for West Nile virus (WNV) during the upcoming season, beginning in mid-July in Western Canada, the part of the country that is expected to be hardest hit by the infection. The enhanced screening will take the form of testing single units of donated blood, while testing in the rest of country will continue to be done on pooled samples of six units. In 2003, Canadian Blood Services detected WNV in 14 blood donors and removed those units from the system. No breakthrough cases of low-viremia WNV blood samples were reported.
Healthcare in Canada - April 2004
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