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 - December 2000
The Canadian Blood Services (CBS) has signed a two-year, multi-million dollar contract with Pall Corporation for blood filtration products. CBS collects close to 800,000 units of blood each year and operates the blood supply system in all Canadian provinces and territories outside of Quebec. All blood collections in Canada are filtered to remove contaminating donor white cells prior to transfusion. Health Canada began requiring leukocyte reduction in June of 1999. Canada is one of ten countries, and the first in North America, to mandate routine blood filtration.
Quebec's health institutions got a $265-million infusion to help offset ballooning deficits and to provide more resources for home and chronic care. Health Minister Pauline Marois said the bulk of the annual increase, $191 million, will be spent on compensating hospitals for mounting costs associated with increasing patient loads, prescription drugs and new equipment. Of the total, $40 million will be spent on increasing the availability of home care and on sorting out difficulties in chronic-care facilities. About $74 million will be spent in Montreal. Province-wide, CLSCs will get $23 million, long-term-care facilities will get $12 million, and rehabilitation centres will receive $5 million.
in Canada -November 2000
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