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

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The following information has been compiled from publicly available sources, StratCom does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or the authenticity of the information and StratCom cannot be held liable for errors.

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Healthcare in Canada - July 1997

Health Canada has issued its report, "Economic Burden of Illness in Canada, 1993," which provides information about the costs to society and individuals as a result of illness, injury, and premature death. The report, prepared by Health Canada's Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, provides a comprehensive overview of the distribution of the principal direct and indirect costs of illness in Canada in 1993.

Highlights of the report include:

Greenlight Communications, Toronto, ON has developed a "Virtual Clinic" program. The Virtual Clinic is a service to be offered to subscribers which provides the consumer and their HealthLink medical team on-line access to their healthcare patient record and uses an electronic health record which is secure, accurate and comprehensive. In addition to the electronic record, HealthLink plans to provide the following special features as additional benefits: internet searches/push technology customized for the client, on-line health promotion, world-wide travel access to the patient record in emergencies, 24 hour home health line, on-line access to lab and imaging test results and medication history and information. It is expected that the service will be available to the first subscribers before the end of 1997.

Health Canada has announced that breast cancer mortality rates have reached their lowest level in more than four decades. In 1995, 28.4 of every 100,000 females of all ages died of breast cancer, down from 31.3 in 1990. From 1950 to 1990, rates remained relatively steady, fluctuating between 29.5 and 32.0 deaths per 100,000 females. Since 1990, there has been an overall decline. Between 1986 and 1995, statistically significant decreases in breast cancer mortality rates occurred in all age groups from 30 to 70, including women aged 50 to 69, who have been targeted for mammographic screening by provincial breast- screening programs. The data on breast cancer mortality rates are from the Canadian Vital Statistics Data Base, maintained by Statistics Canada. Mammography data are from the 1994/95 National Population Health Survey (NPHS) conducted by Statistics Canada.

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* Healthcare in Canada - July 1996
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