TORONTO - February 17, 1998 -- Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Health, meeting in Toronto, agreed upon the following points:
- The safety of the blood supply is paramount and work on building the new Canadian Blood system must continue on an urgent basis.
- Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Health affirmed their desire for a compassionate assistance program for some of the Canadians who contracted hepatitis C through the blood system.
- Provincial/Territorial Ministers are prepared to provide a fair share of costs toward the assistance program which must recognize past, present and future health and social assistance costs. Health and social services provided by provincial/territorial governments include medical, hospital, home care, drug, social assistance and other services.
Ministers believe that Canadians expect fairness which includes, recognizing the more than $1 billion that taxpayers in all provinces and territories are paying, and will pay in the future, to help provide appropriate services for people adversely affected by the blood system.
- Provincial/Territorial Ministers expect federal Health Minister Allan Rock to work with them and other parties to reach consensus on such an approach.
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