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Media Advisory: Health Council of Canada to Release Report on Chronic Health Conditions and Experiences With Care

TORONTO, Dec. 10 –

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WHAT: The Health Council of Canada will release a report entitled Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Learning from Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions. More than nine million Canadians suffer from one or more chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and mood disorders. In this report, we turn to Canadians living with chronic health conditions to learn from them about their experiences with care, and demonstrate why health care renewal matters to individuals whose health and well-being are at stake. Collectively, we bear the significant, and growing, health care and economic burden of our failure to prevent chronic conditions and to provide high quality chronic illness care.

This report is the second in a series in which the Health Council examines whether Canada’s health care system is meeting the needs of people with chronic health conditions and how changes to care can improve health outcomes.

WHO: Dr. Ian Bowmer, Vice Chair, Health Council of Canada
Dr. Stanley Vollant, Councillor, Health Council of Canada
Gordon Hogg, Minister of State for ActNow BC

WHERE: The Garratt Wellness Centre
7504 Chelsea Place
Richmond, BC

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 (all times PST)
10 a.m. Speakers highlight key findings of report
10:45 a.m. Floor opens for questions
11 a.m. Opportunity for one-on-one media interviews

On the day of the release, copies of the report will be made available at the event or can be downloaded at www.healthcouncilcanada.ca at 10 a.m.

For broadcast media, b-roll will also be available via the coordinates below:
Dec. 13, 1 – 1:30 p.m. ET.
Anik F2 C
Transponder 7B
Audio subcarrier 6.2 and 6.8
Downlink frequency 3980 vertical

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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. 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: Marta Marychuk, Health Council of Canada, Phone (416) 480-7085, Cell (416) 428-8423, [email protected]; Nazia Khan, Temple Scott Associates, Phone (416) 360-6183, ext. 229, [email protected]