Media Alert - Health Council of Canada to release 3rd annual report to Canadians

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Are Canadians getting the information they need
to evaluate the progress of health care renewal? And if not, what can be done
to ensure that the public is kept fully informed in the future?
    The Health Council of Canada will be addressing the issues of
accountability and transparency in its third annual report to Canadians to be
released at a news conference in Toronto tomorrow.
    The report, entitled Health Care Renewal in Canada: Measuring Up?, will
also highlight achievements and shortcomings in delivering on commitments from
the 2003 and 2004 health care agreements. Tables comparing progress by
province and territory will be included, as well as a companion document
examining trends in Canadian perceptions of the health care system from 2002
to 2006.
    The news conference is being held in Toronto at 11 a.m. ET, Thursday,
Feb. 1 (Debates Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House, University of Toronto). Interim
Health Council of Canada Chair Jeanne Besner, RN, PhD, and Vice Chair Dr. Ian
Bowmer will release the report and take questions.

    For media outside Toronto, please note:

    -   The news conference will be webcast:

    -   You are invited to listen and ask questions of the speaker at the
        event via teleconference:
        416-644-3418 or 866-249-1964

    -   Provincial breakouts of the findings will be provided, and provincial
        spokespersons for the Council will be available in major markets
        across Canada. To pre-book an interview, call the contact below.

    -   For television, the news conference will be broadcast live, and
        B-roll will be provided.

    Satellite Coordinates:

        DATE OF FEED:     Thursday, February 1

        TIME OF FEED:     11:00 AM ET - Live News Conference followed
                          immediately by b-roll (transmission available
                          starting at 10:00 a.m.)
                          2:00 PM ET - b-roll rebroadcast

        CO-ORDINATES:     AMC 2/K @ 85.0 West, Transponder: K8
                          D/Link: 11860 GHz Horizontal
                          Audios: 6.2 / 6.8 MHz
                          Analog Transmission.

        TOC:              Teleantenna TX 1

    PATHFIRE Digital Media Gateway Coordinates:

        B-roll will be available on:
        Video News Provider "A", CNW Group tab
        CTV users can search by headline

    Copies of the report, a media information package, and a video news
release will be available for downloading at

    The Health Council of Canada, created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord
on Health Care Renewal following the recommendations of the Romanow and Kirby
reports, is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of health care
renewal in Canada. The 26 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.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Robert Stephens or Dena Fehir,
PR POST, (416) 777-0368

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