Media Advisory - Health professionals and policymakers plan for Second Stage of Medicare



    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Over 500 health professionals and policymakers
from across Canada will gather at a landmark conference in Toronto to map out
strategies to achieve Tommy Douglas' original plans for a Second Stage of
Medicare.  The relevance of Douglas' early ideas about a Second Stage of
Medicare is on the rise as many current health policy experts now point to the
same solutions to make Canadian health care more timely, accessible and
effective.

    
    What:     The conference is "Completing the Vision; The Second Stage of
              Medicare" and is co-sponsored by the Canadian Association of
              Community Health Centre Associations (CACHCA) and the
              Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC). During the
              conference keynote speakers and panelists will map out initial
              ideas about how to update Douglas original plans for the 21st
              century. Policymakers from provincial governments and regional
              health authorities will also be on hand to respond. Workshops,
              showcasing examples of Second Stage of Medicare best practices
              already in action, will point to reasons for optimism the
              Second Stage of Medicare can be achieved.

    Who:      Keynote and panelist speakers include Roy Romanow, Ontario's
              Minister of Health and Long Term Care George Smitherman, health
              policy expert Dr. Michael Rachlis and, Dr. Danielle Martin,
              Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare as well as winners of
              the Tommy Douglas Celebration of Medicare Awards, who will be
              announced during the conference.

    When:     June 7 - 8, 2007

    Where:    Holiday Inn Select
              970 Dixon Road, Toronto

    Why:      Although Medicare's founder Tommy Douglas has been voted
              Canada's "Greatest Canadian", and polls show that Canadians
              believe Medicare exemplifies what's best about their country,
              little attention has been given to Douglas' plans to reorganize
              healthcare delivery in a Second Stage of Medicare. Douglas did
              not get as far as he intended with this vision and in the later
              years of his life repeatedly spoke about the importance of
              achieving the Second Stage of Medicare in order "to keep people
              well, rather than rather than just patching them up as they get
              sick."

    Conference details:

    Thursday: June 7th
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    9:15 - 10:15 a.m.:    Health policy expert Dr. Michael Rachlis and AOHC
                          President France Gélinas explain Tommy Douglas'
                          original ideas for the Second Stage of Medicare and
                          how they relate to Canada's current health care
                          challenges. Three people who have benefited from
                          Second Stage of Medicare practices already in
                          action tell their stories.

    10:15 - 10:45 a.m.:   Keynote speaker Roy Romanow, former head of the
                          Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in
                          Canada states the case that making progress towards
                          Second Stage of Medicare will make Canada a
                          healthier nation.

    12:55 - 1:30 p.m.:    Ontario's Minister of Health and Long Term Care
                          George Smitherman addresses The Second Stage of
                          Medicare and the growing importance of new models
                          of primary health care delivery.

    Friday, June 8th
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    9:00 - 10:15 a.m.:    Panel discussion: Delivering the Second Stage of
                          Medicare. What should policymakers do? Adalsteinn
                          Brown, Ontario's assistant deputy minister of
                          health responsible for strategic planning joins
                          others panelists in mapping out the changes
                          policymakers and politicians must make to achieve
                          the Second Stage of Medicare.

    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.     The Future Face of Medicare: Awarding Excellence
                          and Leadership
                          The New Health Professionals Network awards the
                          Tommy Douglas Celebration of Medicare Awards. The
                          Network represents over 25,000 future physicians,
                          nurses and healthcare professionals from across
                          Canada. Winners this year are the Gateway Community
                          Health Center in Tweed, Ontario, the North Hamilton
                          Community Health Center in Hamilton and the Switch
                          Wellness Initiative towards Community Health.
    

    Note to editors: AOHC President and CACHCA board member France Gélinas is
available for interviews before and during the conference.

    For the full conference program visit: www.aohc.org.





For further information:

For further information: Lisa Robertson, (613) 739-7032

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