Health Council of Canada Endorses Findings of Conference Board of Canada Report on Canada's Health Performance

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Dr. Jeanne Besner, Chair of the Health Council
of Canada, today endorsed the Conference Board of Canada's recent report on
Canada's health performance. The report gave Canada a "B" ranking, placing the
country 10th out of 16 countries in relative health performance.
    "The Health Council believes this study is an important wake-up call for
Canadians. It sheds light on our health status in a stark but informative
way," she said.
    The Health Council has reported in the past on several of the issues
highlighted in the Conference Board report. The Council is working to deepen
understanding of some of the fundamental challenges straining Canada's health
care system and is currently investigating such issues as value for money in
the health care system and chronic disease management.
    The Council believes that Canadians and governments alike are concerned
about the sustainability and quality of their health system and that any
future investments must get at the underlying systemic issues.
    According to Dr. Besner, "The Conference Board of Canada is performing a
great service when it reminds us that unless we change our behaviours and the
ways we deliver health care services in Canada, we risk poorer health status
and higher costs."

    The Health Council of Canada, created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord
on Health Care Renewal is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of
health care renewal in Canada. Councillors were appointed by the participating
provinces, territories and the Government of Canada and have expertise and
broad experience in community care, Aboriginal health, nursing, health
education and administration, finance, medicine and pharmacy.
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