Canada's ability to respond to a national health crisis hampered by jurisdictional issues, untested emergency plans

Silversides, Ann
June 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/9/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 12, p1193
Academic Journal
The article discusses the improvement of Canada's response to health emergencies and disasters. It mentions the statement of Dr. Daniel Kollek from the McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario that the nation has significant opportunity for disaster and emergency response to be better. It discusses the bettered capability of the health sector in Canada after the occurrence of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, wherein the nation has the chance to assess its emergency preparedness to the possible global outbreak of A(H1N1) swine flu. However, the national health care planning in Canada was obstructed by the reality that health care is a provincial responsibility which challenges the nation's intergovernmental cooperation.


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