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
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
Thursday: June 7th
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
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
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
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