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.

    WHEN:   Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time

    WHO:    Jeanne Besner, RN, PhD, Interim Chair of the
            Health Council of Canada.
            Dr. Ian Bowmer, Vice Chair, Health Council of Canada

    WHERE:  The Debates Room, 2nd Floor, Hart House at University of Toronto
            (7 Hart House Circle)
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    Copies of the report, media information package, B-roll and a video news
release will be available also at the news conference.

    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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