Health council urges Ottawa to act quickly Funds in place to make changes Staffing, electronic registry key issues - TANYA TALAGA HEALTH POLICY REPORTER
OTTAWA—Canada needs to move quickly to address an alarming shortage of health-care workers and establish national electronic patient records, says the Health Council of Canada. Those are two of the key recommendations coming out of the council's first annual report, released yesterday in Ottawa. Intended to examine progress made since the 2003 First Ministers' health accord, the report shows Canada is "headed in the right direction" in how it wants to reform the health system, says the council's chair Michael Decter, but the pace of change is too slow. "Significant funds are in place," he noted. But if we want to succeed in reforming medicare, we need to "accelerate the pace." Link: TheStar.com - Health council urges Ottawa to act quickly.
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