Ontario Health Quality Council Applauds National Report



    Provincial body recognizes importance of tackling diabetes and chronic
    disease

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - The Ontario Health Quality Council (OHQC)
recognizes the importance of today's release of the Health Council of Canada's
report entitled Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Lessons from Diabetes
(http://www.healthcouncilcanada.ca).
    OHQC Chief Administrative Officer Angie Heydon said, "There is a growing
body of research about prevention and management of chronic diseases. It's a
huge issue and there is increasing recognition for the need to tackle it. The
Health Council of Canada report recognizes the need to address the health
outcomes from both the population health and health services perspectives."
    Heydon further stated, "The focus on diabetes in the report is important,
particularly given the significant increase in the number of Canadians with
diabetes over the past decade. This number will continue to grow unless
something is done. The Health Council of Canada's report makes some very clear
recommendations to help improve access to quality health care, especially in
the prevention, management and treatment of chronic diseases such as
diabetes."
    The OHQC's mandate is to report to Ontarians on the quality of publicly
funded health care in the province. The OHQC will be contributing to the
dialogue on chronic disease prevention and management when it releases its own
report at the end of this month. The report looks at the chronic disease
challenge in Ontario and highlights examples of excellent chronic disease care
from across the province, as well as other critical issues facing health care
in Ontario.

    About the OHQC

    The Ontario Health Quality Council is an independent agency funded by the
Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. The
Council reports directly to Ontarians on access to publicly funded health
services, human resources in health care, consumer and population health
status, outcomes of the health system and ways of improving it. The Council is
made up of 10 appointed members from across the province who have a diverse
range of expertise, including hospital governance, medicine, academic and
research work, business, public and health policy, ethics and aboriginal and
community leadership.





For further information:

For further information: Ania Basiukiewicz, Communications Assistant,
Tel: (416) 323-6868 x 221


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