• Proposal for Canadian Health Care System

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    A 2 page proposal for Canadian health care that argues that immunizations for all 13 preventable disease should be made available to all Canadian children. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

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    Proposal for Canadian Health Care System - April, 2004 for more information on using  this paper properly! The Canadian federal government has, in recent years, taken steps to fund a system of vaccinations that will afford all Canadian children timely and equitable  access to all recommended immunizations (Lai, 2003; Geddes, 2004). But while this move has been applauded by health care professionals, Manitoba Premier Gray Doer has also pointed out that the  funds supplied thus far are insufficient for an expanded immunization program, and is particularly deficient in that it leaves provinces to decide whether or not to upgrade their programs  from their own financially strapped budgets or to make the shots free of charge only to low-income earners (Geddes, 2004). The following proposal for the Canadian health care system submits  that it is economically advantageous to immunize all children with all 13 of the recommended vaccines. While pressure is mounting to ensure that all Canadians have access to the  same immunization coverage, thus far, cover remains uneven (Sibbald, 2003a). This is primarily due to the fact that immunization is a provincial/territorial responsibility (Sibbald, 2003a). Vaccines have been proven conclusively  to be the most cost-effective heath care intervention, as these shots prevent millions of children and adults from contracting potentially disabling infectious diseases (Naus and Scheifele, 2003). Most Canadian children  receive the basic 9 vaccinations, but 4 newer vaccines are also recommended. These vaccines immunize against meningococcal infection, penumococcal infection, varicella and adolescent/adult pertussis (Naus and Scheifele, 2003). Many experts  feel that another area in which increased immunizations may be called for is in regards to vaccinating against influenza (Sibbald, 2003b). Naus and Scheinfele (2003) report that many 

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