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In the News (Wed 20 Mar 19)

  Policy Forum
The dream is that everybody in Canada will have the same access to health care and that the level of a person’s income shall not influence the standard of care he or she receives.
Correspondingly, when health care professionals and hospital administrators give preferential treatment to their friends or to the family members of other health professionals, they often do not realize that their actions are mortally detrimental to others.
Canada is the only advanced country in the world that outlaws citizens who spend their own money on their own health care in a private hospital.
www.aarp.org /research/international/gra/spring_2005/health_care_for_all.html   (1183 words)

  Canada Health Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Canada Health Act is a piece of Canadian federal legislation, adopted in 1984, that lists the conditions and criteria to which the provinces and territories must conform in order to receive the full amount of negotiated transfer payments relating to health care.
The preamble of the Act justifies Canadian Health Care policy by stating the objective "that continued access to quality health care without financial or other barriers will be critical to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Canadians." However, the act is a source of controversy.
The Canada Health Act was passed unanimously by Parliament in 1984, and received Royal Assent on 1 April.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Canada_Health_Act   (1827 words)

 2002 Report of the Auditor General of Canada - 2002 Status Report - Chapter 3 - Health Canada - Federal Support of ...
Health Canada needs to continue to work with the provinces and territories because it still does not have adequate information to assess the extent of provincial and territorial compliance with the Canada Health Act criteria and conditions for health care funding.
Health Canada's role is to assess the extent to which health care delivery in the provinces and territories complies with the Act's criteria and provisions and to authorize the payment of the CHST based on that assessment.
Health Canada is working expeditiously on the development of performance indicators for the Department, which will be the basis for further improvements in performance reporting.
www.oag-bvg.gc.ca /domino/reports.nsf/html/20020903ce.html   (6450 words)

 Canada Health Act   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Prior approval by the health care insurance plan in a person’s home province or territory may also be required before coverage is extended for elective (non-emergency) services to a resident while temporarily absent from their province or territory.
Although the Canada Health Act requires that insured health services be provided to insured persons in a manner that is consistent with the criteria and conditions set in the Act, not all Canadian residents or health services fall under the scope of the Act.
Work on the development of a Canada Health Act dispute avoidance and resolution process was initiated at the 2000 Conference of Ministers of Health on the basis that it would be consistent with SUFA commitments and the federal government's obligations under the Canada Health Act.
www.ctffr.org /id18.html   (2637 words)

 The Canada Health Act's sixth principle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
When the Court ruled in Chaoulli that prohibitions on the purchase of private health insurance for services covered by the public health system were unconstitutional, given excessive waiting times in the public system, the decision was described as a "calamity." Critics saw the decision as a potential death knell to medicare.
It bears explaining why it cannot be legitimate for a free society to prevent individuals from using their own resources to protect their health when the publicly funded system does not provide care in a timely manner.
Patient accountability means that those responsible for funding the health system and providing care are answerable to patients for the timeliness of service, and that this accountability can be enforced through the legal system.
www.canada.com /nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=2d840c7c-a4f9-42f4-a411-a45e9a17cb04   (422 words)

 Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Publications: Health inspector
Because there are arguments about health care between the different levels of government, some people feel that the system is in trouble and they do not trust it as much as they did.
Because the Canada Health Act is federal legislation, it is the responsibility of the federal government to interpret it.
Health is a provincial responsibility, and the federal government should not place conditions on how the provinces spend federal transfers.
www.ccdonline.ca /publications/health-inspector/0802.htm   (3653 words)

 Canada Health Act Overview
The Canada Health Act establishes the criteria and conditions related to insured health care services-the national standards-that the provinces and territories must meet in order to receive the full federal cash transfer contribution under the transfer mechanism, that is, the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST).
In accordance with one of the requirements of the Act, governments are required to provide information on the operation of their health care plans as they relate to the conditions of the Act.
The health care insurance plans are to be administered and operated on a non-profit basis by a public authority, responsible to the provincial/territorial governments and subject to audits of their accounts and financial transactions.
www.hc-sc.gc.ca /ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/2002/2002_care-soinsbk4_e.html   (1973 words)

 Health Care System - Main Page
Canada's health care system has been a work in progress since its inception.
Canada's publicly funded health care system is best described as an interlocking set of ten provincial and three territorial health insurance plans.
Health Canada's mandate is to help Canadians maintain and improve their health.
www.hc-sc.gc.ca /hcs-sss/index_e.html   (266 words)

 Minister of Health (Canada) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the Cabinet of Canada, the Minister of Health (French: Ministre de la Santé) is responsible for overseeing the federal government's health department (Health Canada) and enforcing the Canada Health Act, the law governing Medicare.
The current Minister of Health is Tony Clement, MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka.
From its establishment in 1944 to 1996, the post was known as the Minister of National Health and Welfare.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Minister_of_Health_(Canada)   (141 words)

 medicare.ca - CUPE opinon on Canada Health Act and Alberta Bill 11
Health care needs are a matter of social justice, because they limit the range of individuals' opportunities to pursue their conceptions of the good life.
A purposive interpretation of the Canada Health Act, in our opinion, indicates that the overarching legislative intention is equality of opportunity: any two individuals in a province, with a similar harmful medical condition, should be entitled to treatment of equal quality at an equal speed, regardless of differences in their individual ability to pay.
Lastly, in amending the Canada Health Act, it is important to recognize that the remedial provisions under the Act provide a strong basis for the courts' interpretation of the Act as an exercise of the federal spending power.
www.medicare.ca /cupe_opinion.html   (16606 words)

 medicare.ca - Canada Health Act
It is hereby declared that the primary objective of Canadian health care policy is to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers.
The purpose of this Act is to establish criteria and conditions in respect of insured health services and extended health care services provided under provincial law that must be met before a full cash contribution may be made.
Subject to this Act, as part of the Canada Health and Social Transfer, a full cash contribution is payable by Canada to each province for each fiscal year.
www.medicare.ca /cha.html   (2637 words)

 THE CANADA HEALTH ACT AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICARE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Private expenditure on health care has increased by 30 percent over the last number of years in Canada and is among the highest in the western world.
In the past, the federal government protected the principles of the Canada Health Act when these principles were threatened by events occurring at the provincial level.
The problems raised by the current pressures on the Canada Health Act cannot be resolved by closer enforcement, because requirements for non-medical or non-hospital services are not at issue.
www.healthandeverything.org /pubs/CHAPaper.html   (2285 words)

 Mapleleafweb.com: The Canada Health Act
At the 2004 First Ministers’ Conference on Health Care a $41-billion dollar deal was signed by the federal government and the provinces and territories to pay for a 10-year strategy to reduce waiting times and improve access to key health services.
The Commission’s Final Report, released in November 2002 (Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada) recommended a number of approaches that could be taken to alleviate pressure on Canada’s health care system.
Others fervently defend the Canada Health Act, arguing that it is a fundamental social institution, and an important aspect of Canadian society.
www.mapleleafweb.com /features/medicare/canada-health-act   (312 words)

 Canada Health Act - Main Page
Canada's national health insurance program, often referred to as "Medicare", is designed to ensure that all residents have reasonable access to medically necessary hospital and physician services, on a prepaid basis.
Roles and responsibilities for Canada's health care system are shared between the federal and provincial-territorial governments.
Under the Canada Health Act (CHA), our federal health insurance legislation, criteria and conditions are specified that must be satisfied by the provincial and territorial health care insurance plans in order for them to qualify for their full share of the federal cash contribution, available under the Canada Health Transfer (CHT).
www.hc-sc.gc.ca /hcs-sss/medi-assur/index_e.html   (226 words)

 Mapleleafweb.com: Features - Health Care in Canada: The Canada Health Act
The Canada Health Act was not enacted until 1984, but its history goes back further than that.
Under Tommy Douglas (regarded as the founder of Canada’s health care system), Saskatchewan was the first province to establish a public health care system, insuring hospital care for its population.
In 2000, SUFA went into action with regard to different interpretations of the Canada Health Act and the respective obligations of Ottawa and the provincial governments.
www.mapleleafweb.com /features/medicare/romanow/part_2/health_act.html   (689 words)

 Health Canada, Health Canada information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Canada Act 1982, an Act of Parliament passed by the British Parliament that severed virtually all remaining constitutional and legislative ties between the United Kingdom and Canada.
Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health.
Capital Health is one of the largest integrated health regions in Canada providing health services to over one million residents in Edmonton and area, including the University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children's Hospital, Royal Alexandra...
www.canadayz.com /HealthCanada   (1544 words)

 [01-Mar-06] Harper must defend Canada Health Act against Klein’s Third Way
Alberta’s Health Policy Framework released yesterday clearly violates the Canada Health Act and the federal government must intervene to protect public health care, says the Council of Canadians.
Canada’s leading citizens’ organization calls upon the Harper’s Conservatives to live up to their election promise by taking action against Klein’s new plan.
The Canada Health Act prohibits extra billing or user fees and requires that all health care services be delivered “on uniform terms and conditions” to residents.
www.canadians.org /media/healthcare/2006/01-Mar-06.html   (468 words)

 Canada Health Act   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Public Administration: the health care insurance plan must be administered and operated on a non-profit basis by a public authority, responsible to the provincial government and subject to audit of its accounts and financial transactions.
Portability: the plan requires that residents moving to another province must continue to be covered for insured health services by the home province during any minimum waiting period imposed by the new province of residence not to exceed three months.
The appropriate recognition to the Canada Health and Social Transfer relating to insured health services and extended health care services in the province.
www.csih-schip.com /Module5/can_health_act_en.htm   (402 words)

 [22-Nov-02] Groups Take Feds to Court for Failure to Enforce Canada Health Act
OTTAWA - Fed up with federal inaction in defence of our public health care system, a coalition of social groups is taking the Chrétien government to court for its failure to comply with the Canada Health Act.
It is clear that certain provinces are taking advantage of the hiatus in federal health care policy to accelerate their efforts to undermine our public system.
Yet, when we met with senior Health Canada officials soon after the Auditor General released her highly critical report, they were adamant that no further steps were necessary to address the deficiencies she had documented.
www.canadians.org /media/healthcare/2002/22-Nov-02.html   (945 words)

 Canada Health Act   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
An Act relating to cash contributions by Canada and relating to criteria and conditions in respect of insured health services and extended health care services
(c) that a decision of a panel referred to in paragraph (b) may not be altered except by an Act of the legislature of the province.
(d) prescribing the manner in which recognition to the Canada Health and Social Transfer is required to be given under paragraph 13(b).
laws.justice.gc.ca /en/C-6/text.html   (2702 words)

 Canada Health Act   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Canada Health Act is Canada 's federal health insurance legislation.
Accessibility While the Canadian provinces have at various times bristled against the influence the federal government is able to exert through this and other conditional grant programmes, the lure of "free money" to provide health care services to their citizens has proved too much.
It uses material from the Wiktionary page "Health".
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Canada_Health_Act.html   (228 words)

 The Canada Health Act: Overview and Options (94-4E)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Canada Health Act (hereafter called the Act) received Royal Assent on 1 April 1984.  Through this Act, the federal government ensures that the provinces and territories meet certain requirements, such as free and universal access to insured health care.  These requirements, or “national principles,” have helped shape provincial health-care insurance plans throughout the country.
Free access to insured health services is the key factor of the Canada Health Act.  The two provisions of the Act specifically discourage financial contributions by patients, either through user charges or extra-billing, for services covered under provincial health-care insurance plans.
February 1999 -   Health Canada discontinued the penalties imposed on Manitoba with respect to the federal policy on private clinics.
www.parl.gc.ca /information/library/PRBpubs/944-e.htm   (1978 words)

 Canadian Health Care: Canada Health Act
The Canada Health Act is federal legislation that puts in place conditions by which individual provinces and territories in Canada may receive funding for health care services.
Public Administration: All administration of provincial health insurance must be carried out by a public authority on a non-profit basis.
They also must be accountable to the province or territory, and their records and accounts are subject to audits.
www.canadian-healthcare.org /page2.html   (164 words)

 Canada Health Act   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
In 1984, the Canada Health Act defined and reaffirmed the five principles of Medicare as expressed in the 1964 Royal Commission on Health Services by Justice Emmett Hall.
Comprehensiveness: all medically necessary health care services provided by physicians or in hospitals must be covered by provincial health care plans.
Accessibility: provincial health care plans must provide for insured health services through (uniform terms and conditions) and must not impede or prevent reasonable access to these services by any means.
www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca /cpa/canhealthact.html   (181 words)

 Vive le Canada - Ottawa open to revising Canada Health Act, source says
OTTAWA (CP) -- The Paul Martin government is open to revising the Canada Health Act, the legislative foundation of medicare, to improve its sustainability, says a key federal source involved in charting the future of the health-care system.
Spokesmen for Martin and for Health Minister Pierre Pettigrew immediately denied the claim and said the government doesn't plan to modify or add principles to the act.
Just on the CBC news today, Martin is denying that he`s for altering the Canada Health Act, but of course he can`t be trusted.
www.vivelecanada.ca /article.php/2004032608581765   (3385 words)

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