The National Council of Women of Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…

Ottawa

November 28th, 2002

PRESS RELEASE

The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) notes with approval that the Final Report of the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (The Romanow Report) calls for;

Reaffirming the five principles of the Canada Health Act;
Adding the principle of accountability to those on the Canada Health Act;
Stable, predictable, long-term funding;
A list of those health issues which must be addressed immediately through the use of targeted funding;
Improving access to diagnostic services within the medicare system;
Establishing a national platform for Home Care Services;
Integrating prescription drugs into Canada’s Health Care System.

NCWC notes with interest the recommendations to:

Establish a New Canadian Health Covenant, setting out the responsibilities and entitlements of Canadian citizens; and
Create a Health Council of Canada to encourage collaboration and cooperation among all levels of government.

NCWC urges the Federal government, and through its Provincial and Local Councils, the Provincial and Territorial governments to begin working together immediately on implementing the recommendations of the Romanow Report.

NCWC calls on Canadian women to contact their Federal, Provincial and Territorial members urging them to act on these recommendations.

Contact: Shirley Browne, Health Convener, Ottawa, 613 – 745 – 1303
Carla Kozak, Vice-President, Edmonton, 780 – 456 – 4141
Catharine Laidlaw-Sly, President, Montreal, 450 – 689 – 1418

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