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Healthcare in Canada - June 2000
A report on the sustainability of health care in Canada proves that the cost of reforms far exceeds what the federal government has already cut from the system. A combination of system reforms and cost pressures could drive health costs to over $100 billion within the decade. The report indicates the cost of merely sustaining health care systems across Canada will rise from $54 billion today to $85 billion in 10 years. meet the needs of our growing and aging population. Copies of the report are available on the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Website at: www.gov.on.ca/health
McGill University, Montreal has launched a Centre for Bioinformatics. Within the next 18 months, the core of the Centre, to be led by an internationally - renowned scientist, will have 20 full-time researchers working together, including current academic staff involved in genomics, structural biology, genetic epidemiology, physiology, computer science, bio-instrumentation, proteomics and other related fields.
The Ontario government will invest up to $9 million to help create a biotechnology commercialization centre in Toronto to boost competitiveness and create jobs in the biotechnology industry, Jim Wilson, Minister of Energy, Science and Technology announced today. The funding is from the $20 million Biotechnology Commercialization Centre Fund announced fall 1999. The project leader is the Toronto Biotechnology Commercialization Centre (TBCC), a consortium of public and private sector research groups which represent most of the medical research organizations in Toronto, including the University of Toronto. TBCC has been working with the City of Toronto and the private sector match the provincial funding to develop and finance the project.
The Ontario government will invest $4.7 million to improve early detection of cervical cancer through a province-wide screening program and anew outreach for northern Ontario communities. The government will invest $3.7 million annually to provide over 200,000 additional tests for cervical cancer through the Ontario Cervical Screening Program. This funding will cover the costs associated with laboratory and professional services for screening of tests, as well as $700,000 annual funding for Cancer Care Ontario to administer the program. In addition to the province-wide screening program, a $1 million outreach initiative that will team new nurse practitioners with local medical officers of health in five northern communities to improve access to cervical screening and other health care services.
Healthcare in Canada - May 2000
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