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 - September 2000
September 2000, the federal government reached an agreement with the provinces whereby it will add $18.3 billion Canadian dollars (about $12.4 billion U.S.) in health care and education transfer payments to the provinces. Other federal offers include $1 billion for health equipment purchases, $ 500 million for information technology and $ 800 million for basic primary care. The federal government also agreed to children's health programs of up to $2.2 billion dollars over five years. In return, the provinces are requested to develop regular report cards to allow Canadians to compare the quality of health services across the country. This later development is important because until now provincial reporting of hrealthcare statistics into a central database had been voluntary.
The Ontario government's report of the Drinking Water Surveillance Program indicated that at least 27 water plants have reported contamination problems including high levels of lead and pesticides in drinking water. This data does not include another 75% of the water plants in the province, including those in Walkerton and White River, where there were recent deaths due to water contamination. In response to the report it is expected that the government will legislate water testing on a routine basis with the tests conducted at government authorized laboratories.
Healthcare in Canada - July - August 2000
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