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 - October 2002
The British Columbia Interior Health Authority (IHA) and the town of Kimberley have reached a deal that will allow the town to buy back its hospital, which was closed June 2002 as part of the government's restructuring program. The deal transfers ownership of the building and some equipment from the IHA to the town of Kimberley for the price of $140,000—the cost of retiring the debt on the building. The agreement will now go to BC Health Services Minister Colin Hansen for final approval. If the BC government approves the deal, the building could house a primary care facility, private businesses wishing to rent space, as well as other allied health services.
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS has established a Masters of Health Informatics program, a collaboration of the faculties of medicine and computer science. The program accepted its first nine students in September 2001 and will train students to use computers in gathering health care information.
Senior Quebec academics involved in genetic research have devised a new set of international ethics guidelines to protect populations involved in epidemiological genetic research. The Quebec-devised guidelines are expected to be approved for international use. The guidelines were developed as part of the Cartagène project that aims to produce a genetic map of Quebec based on a random sampling of 50,000 people to enable epidemiologists to study the distribution of susceptibility and polymorphic genomic variations across the province. The project is in search of funding. In addition to the as yet uninitiated Quebec project, there are three other similar population projects worldwide: in Iceland, Estonia and the UK. Individuals are invited to read and make their comments on the Proposed Statement of Principles on the Ethical Conduct of Human Genetic Research Involving Populations at www.rmga.qc.ca. The statement will be finalized in December 2001.
In anticipation of the yet to be released Romanow Commission report on healthcare in Canada, Roy Romanow has leaked some of his intended findings : he urges Ottawa to expand public health care especially in the areas of pharmaceuticals and home care.
Healthcare in Canada - September 2002
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