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  Health care in Canada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Canada's health care system is generally considered one of the world's best, placing in the top ten in most measures of quality.
Canada is seen as a country with a publicly-funded health care system, with the various levels of government paying about 70% of health care costs.
Eventually the JCPC decided that the administration and delivery of health care was a provincial concern, but that the federal government also had the responsibility of protecting the health and well-being of the population.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Health_care_in_Canada   (1667 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.
Health care came to the nation’s attention in 1947 when the premier of Saskatchewan, Tommy Douglas, established Canada's first public hospital insurance plan.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Canada_Health_Act   (1827 words)

 New Rules Project - Equity - Canadian Health Care System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Health Care, Limited: The Privatization of Medicare - A critical report on the increasing level of private care in Canada, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Among the proposed remedies are to increase the private provision of care and to further devolve health care authority to local boards.
The Canada Health Act was passed in 1984, largely to end the unpopular practice of "extra billing." The legislation also combined the hospital and medical insurance bills into one comprehensive piece of legislation, and set out definitions for the five principles governing the provision of universal health care in Canada.
www.newrules.org /equity/CNhealthcare.html   (785 words)

 The Canada Health Care System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Canada has a predominantly publicly financed, privately delivered health care system that is best described as a network of ten provincial and two territorial health insurance plans.
Health care in Canada is financed primarily through taxation, in the form of provincial and federal personal and corporate income taxes.
The health care system of Canada definitely has its advantages and disadvantages, but it is not in the scope of this discussion to go into those.
gni.pr.erau.edu /gni2000/issues/canadahealth.htm   (963 words)

 Health Care Canada O Canada, Health Care Myths from the Great White North
She holds graduate degrees in international health and health policy, and is a passionate advocate for universal health care.
The Canada Health Act (CHA) was passed by Parliament in 1984 in response to threats to accessibility of care.
If they receive health care in the US that is insured in Canada, they submit their claims when they return and the claims are paid at Canadian rates.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Health/O_Canada_KP.html   (8467 words)

 cric.ca - Canada's Portal - Quick Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
He reported that health care in Canada ranked among the best in the world, but warned that extra-billing by doctors and user fees levied by hospitals were creating a two-tiered system that threatened the accessibility of care.
Canada’s health care spending is expected to reach $130.3 billion in 2004, a 5.9% increase over last year, and the lowest annual growth rate since 1997.
In 2002, health care spending was $114 billion and is estimated to have reached $123 billion in 2003, for annual increases of 7.3% and 7.9%, respectively.
www.cric.ca /en_html/guide/health/health.html   (3339 words)

 Single Payer Health Care System
Before Canada implemented their national health program, their health costs were the same portion of their economy as in the U.S. After they implemented their program, their costs stabilized at 9% while U.S. costs have increased to 14%.
Before single payer was implemented in Canada, infant mortality was similar to that in the U.S.; today there are 9.1 deaths in the first year of life per 1000 births in the U.S. and 6.8 in Canada.
Economic considerations are very important as are issues such as the general state of a country's health, the anxiety over health care and the level of satisfaction experienced by those in the health care industry.
bcn.boulder.co.us /health/healthwatch/canada.html   (1101 words)

 Health Care Policy: Long Waits for Health Care Plague Canada
Health Care News - Canadians seeking health care continue to be plagued by long waits, according to a recent report from The Fraser Institute.
The report by Nadeem Esmail, senior health policy analyst for Fraser, and Michael Walker, senior fellow and president of the Fraser Institute Foundation, was the fifteenth annual study of wait lists for health care in Canada.
Canada's government-run health care system has long been plagued by wait lists, due in large part to the system's reliance on global budgets as a cost-control measure.
www.pacificresearch.org /press/clip/2006/clip-01-01-06.html   (1197 words)

 The affordability of health care in Canada
If the public purse doesn't cover the costs of health care, individuals will have to, and those with more money will be able to afford more than those with less money.
Mazankowski, the private health care company Board member who concluded that public health care in Alberta was unsustainable, acknowledged in the fine print that Alberta's costs have remained at a pretty steady 30 to 34% of the province's Gross Domestic Product for the last decade.
Health care is a bigger part of provincial spending than it used to be - but not because health care has grown out of control, but rather because provinces have cut everything else.
www.nupge.ca /news_2002/news_ma02/n26ma02c.htm   (941 words)

 OpinionJournal - Featured Article
Canada is the only nation other than Cuba and North Korea that bans private health insurance, according to Sally Pipes, head of the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco and author of a recent book on Canada's health-care system.
The Canadian ruling ought to be an eye-opener for the U.S., where "single-payer," government-run health care is still a holy grail on the political left and even for some in business (such as the automakers).
The larger lesson here is that health care isn't immune from the laws of economics.
www.opinionjournal.com /editorial/feature.html?id=110006813   (720 words)

 STRATCOM Health Care in Canada
As part of the budget announcement is the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research which will transform the structure that supports much of Canada's health research enterprise.
Health Canada has given York University Centre for Health Studies $75,000 For a Study on Effects of Alternative Health Practices and Therapies.
An increasing number of Canadians are turning to alternative health practices and therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology and herbal medicines, sometimes in combination with conventional medicine.
www.pagebleu.com /stratcom/level1/care0299.htm   (424 words)

 Health Canada - Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada
The Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada was created by Prime Minister Jean Chretien in April 2001.
Headed by Chair Roy Romanow, the Commission's mandate was to review Canada's health care system, engage Canadians in a national dialogue on its future, and make recommendations to enhance the system's quality and sustainability.
The Commission released its final report "Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada" in November 2002 and completed its mandate on December 31, 2002.
www.hc-sc.gc.ca /english/care/romanow   (326 words)

 Ezra Klein: The Health of Nations: Oh, Canada!
Canada is a gatekeeper system, and 55% of their doctors are general practitioners playing that role.
So while our health care spending shot up by 7.6% of GDP and still doesn't cover out citizenry, theirs had a 4.5% climb and got everyone in the goddamn country covered (remember: the first number is pre-universal health insurance).
Canada's health care system, much more so than the others we've looked at, is a pure single-payer effort.
ezraklein.typepad.com /blog/2005/04/the_health_of_n_1.html   (4191 words)

 "Health Care Forum" by Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell
Canada has achieved a wonderful thing, which is universal health-care coverage, but it has achieved it at a price, and that is quality of care.
From the moment that they reach reproductive health, from the moment of menarche through to the end of their lives, they go to the doctor, need to go to the doctor about every month, every couple of months.
And the kind of health care that women need up to middle age is, by and large, relatively low tech.
www.washingtonmonthly.com /features/2000/0003.gladwellgopnik.html   (7759 words)

 Health Care in Canada
The single payer Canadian Health System is the result of a protracted battle in the post war years between business groups and the medical profession on one side and the people on the other.
Canada does not have for-profit acute care hospitals, although the 'for-profits' do exist in the long-term care sector.
A look at the impact of health reforms in Alberta in consumers (and their employers) which documents significant shifting of families' healthcare expenses from the public health plan to private insurance and out-of-pocket payments.
www.uow.edu.au /arts/sts/bmartin/dissent/documents/health/canada.html   (1489 words)

 The future of health care in Canada -- Lewis et al. 323 (7318): 926 -- BMJ
The Canada Health Act (1984) consolidates and defines the principles of the publicly funded healthcare system, known as Medicare.
The Canada Health Act requires that all hospital and physician services be (virtually) 100% publicly financed without user charges.
health care is legally that of the provinces.
bmj.bmjjournals.com /cgi/content/full/323/7318/926   (3076 words)

 Romanow Commission -Future of Health Care in Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The decision is legislated in the Canada Health Act, that states: the primary objective is to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well being of the residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to healthcare without financial and other barriers.
The question is, will the health commission recognize the culprits, address the underlying causes, and press for solutions, or will the commission simply bolster the lack of accountability.
Instead of addressing the underlying issues that are causing excess consumption of healthcare at the expense of the factors that secure good health, their preference seems to be to embrace a private healthcare delivery system.
www.oisd.ca /Ctromanov16.htm   (1569 words)

 Health Care in Canada, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
You are in: CIHI > Analytic Reports > Health Care in Canada
Part A: Focus on Safe Care This first part of the report includes information on what safe care is, as well as what we know and don't know about patient safety in Canada and worldwide.
Part B: Our Health Care System: Resources and the Patient Experience This includes information on health human resources, experiencing care, wait times, and the cost of providing health care in Canada.
secure.cihi.ca /cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_263_E&cw_topic=263&cw_rel=AR_43_E   (282 words)

 NCPA - Daily Policy Digest - Aboriginal Health Care in Canada
Canada does not have a private health system, and there is ongoing debate in Canada over whether private services should be allowed and in what form.
Canada's aboriginal peoples are self governing, but their health care is provided under the medical services branch of the federal health department through the national health care system.
Provincial laws governing health care have no jurisdiction on land controlled by aboriginal governments, meaning they can opt for fee for service procedures, foreign partnerships and diagnoses made overseas.
www.ncpa.org /iss/hea/2004/pd051104d.html   (294 words)

 Canadian Health Care Is No Model for U.S. - by Jay Lehr, Ph.D. - The Heartland Institute
When one travels through Canada, as I regularly do, one cannot help but enter into frequent discussions on the pros and cons of health care in Canada versus the United States.
Canadian health insurance is compulsory, monopolistic, and administered by the various provincial governments under strict control of the federal government.
The alleged "low cost" of Canadian health care is thus no less a fraud than it was in the Soviet Union.
www.heartland.org /Article.cfm?artId=15034   (1057 words)

 STRATCOM Health Care in Canada
The Doctors Hospital has been planning and implementing conversion to ambulatory care over the past five years, gradually developing its capacity to safely meet its community's health needs without requiring admission to a hospital bed and will be fully transformed into Ontario's first ambulatory care facility within two years.
The report indicates the Ontario health system has made improvements over the last few years, but additional, rapid changes are necessary to maintain high-quality, accessible and affordable health care in the province.
From the patient's perspective the goal is to create an integrated system of health care services that will result in a seamless continuum of care.
www.pagebleu.com /stratcom/level1/care0696.htm   (693 words)

 Thunder Bay Online and Health Care in Canada.
The health care system, one of the most expensive the world, ranks 24th in terms of quality of care, behind Columbia.
Also you should be aware that The Health Services Board, that handles appeals of cases concerning the College cannot overturn a decision based on a poor decision but only on the basis that the College did not consider all the information.
We need a health care revolution from within the current system beginning with exercises in critical thought so that we can actually see what is and then move to decide what should be.
www.abeautifuldifference.com /online.106.html   (1832 words)

 Free Health Care in Canada by Walter Williams -- Capitalism Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Let's start out by not quibbling with America's socialists' false claim that health-care service is a human right that people should have regardless of whether they can pay for it or not and that it should be free.
Compounding the exodus of doctors is the drop in medical school graduates.
Health care can have a zero price to the user, but that doesn't mean it's free or has a zero cost.
www.capmag.com /article.asp?ID=3809   (736 words)

 Shared Care : Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Canadian Consortium for Collaborative Mental Health Care has worked together to prepare a proposal on shared mental health care for Health Canada's Primary Health Care Transition Fund.
A number of helpful resources for shared care projects have been developed in Canada and other places, including a bibliography on shared mental health care, a compendium of shared care projects in Canada and recent publications on shared mental health care.
A key to the success of shared care will be providing opportunities at the undergraduate, residency, fellowship and CME levels for clinicians to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues from other specialties.
www.shared-care.ca   (431 words)

 Americanization of health care in Canada
That's why docs go to medical school and study up on the latest advances even during their professional careers, after all - so that they can do a proper job of figuring out what is wrong with their patients and how best to treat them.
Quite obviously, this individual [the author] found American health care to be much worse than Canada's public system, with the exception of possible better care if you are really wealthy.
The Pharmaceutical industry is driving the KIND OF CARE we recieve, and thats as true in Canada'spublic system as it is in USA private care.
www.canadiancontent.net /forums/viewtopic.php?p=149938   (4073 words)

 Ruling Rattles Canada Health Care - CBS News
The 1984 Canada Health Act affirmed the federal government's commitment to provide mostly free health care to all, including the more than 200,000 immigrants arriving each year, under a system called Medicare.
Although the ruling was made on the Quebec law, it likely will affect other Canadian provinces that forbid residents from buying private health care insurance for treatment under the country's Medicare system.
Opponents of changes to Medicare claimed it could force Canada into a two-tiered health care system in which those who have deeper pockets get faster, better service from doctors who opt out of the public health-care program.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2005/06/09/health/main700681.shtml   (362 words)

 Health Care in Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Topics covered in the report include the outcomes of care, health expenditures and Canada's health care professionals.
Included with this report is a Health Indicators insert, providing new data on a range of health and health system-related indicators at both regional and provincial/territorial levels.
Health Care in Canada, 2000: A First Annual Report Order Paper Copy, Download PDF, More Details
secure.cihi.ca /cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=AR_43_E   (160 words)

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