Canada's Health Charter: Its Implications
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 9 Dec 1965, p. 107-120
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Canada's Health Charter: Its Implications

The speaker's Chairmanship of the Royal Commission on Health Services and some proposals that he and his colleagues made. The need for Canadians to be healthy physically and mentally as well as educated. The necessity that there not be any question of conflict or of priority between the needs of better education and those of good health. Some statistics and some forecasted figures. Implications of Canada's health charter. Some remarks on the nature of Canadian society preliminary to a discussion of the implications of a Health Charter for Canadians. What the Charter is and how it will contribute to national unity. The principles embodied in the Charter to be applied according to their particular regional and cultural situation. Applying the goals of the Charter to developing nations. Implications of a national and local nature as well as implications of an international nature. The aim of health services of an ever rising quality. How that quality may be achieved. The need for co-ordination which means planning at all levels of government. A Health Planning Council of Canada and the expansion of the existing Medical Research Council under the name of the Health Sciences Research Council. The fundamental implication of the Charter of Freedom and what that means in terms of health services. A review of the various groups who will be involved in this context of freedom. An emphasis on the importance of prevention in the whole health field, and on rehabilitation. A Charter that holds out new hope to many. Some specific details of programmes. A Charter which implies a nation awakened to the dangers of water and air pollution, to motor vehicle and other accidents; to alcoholism and to drug addiction. A concluding quote from Volume II of the report.