Regional Medical Programs

Publication Title: 
The Canadian Journal of Clinical Pharmacology = Journal Canadien De Pharmacologie Clinique

INTRODUCTION: Federal legislation outlined in the Medical Care Act of 1966 and the Canada Health Act of 1984 stipulates that Canadian provincial governments are to administer insurance programs for "medically necessary" services provided by hospitals and physicians. The legislation did not mandate provincial government coverage for prescription drugs taken outside of the hospital. Each province has, however, provided coverage to senior citizens and social assistance recipients; some provinces have introduced drug coverage for the general public.

Author(s): 
Grootendorst, Paul
Publication Title: 
Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association

The successes in neonatal intensive care have recently encountered the economic reality of the health care marketplace. Competition and cost constraints from new reimbursement formulas have affected the spirit of altruism that guided the early organization of perinatal regional care. Since high-risk neonatal care is so costly, it is more likely to be adversely affected by competition and cost containment than other inpatient services. The author proposes an examination of the concept of managed competition.

Author(s): 
Gagnon, D. E.
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Cancer Care

Complementary therapies, particularly aromatherapy, reflexology and relaxation techniques are increasingly valued by cancer patients. However, many health professionals doubt their value, and often question whether therapists claim inappropriate benefits, lack understanding of cancer-related issues and pose a potential danger to patients.

Author(s): 
Howells, N.
Maher, E. J.
Publication Title: 
Homeopathy: The Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy

The healthcare programmes of the Region of Tuscany, Italy have contained references to various types of non-conventional medicine since 1996, and the last three Regional Health Plans have includes a chapter on non-conventional medicine that arguably represent the greatest degree of integration of such therapies in the public health care system achieved thus far in Italy.

Author(s): 
Rossi, Elio
Baccetti, Sonia
Firenzuoli, Fabio
Belvedere, Katia
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