Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Issue 42 - Minutes of Proceedings


HALIFAX, Tuesday, November 6, 2001
(46)

[English]

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology met this day in the Nova Scotia Room of the Sheraton Halifax Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 9:02 a.m., the Chair, the Honourable Michael Kirby, presiding.

Members of the committee present: The Honourable Senators Callbeck, Cook, Cordy, Kirby, LeBreton, Léger andRobertson (7).

In attendance: From the Research Branch of the Library of Parliament: Howard Chodos.

Also in attendance: The official reporters of the Senate.

Pursuant to the Order of Reference adopted by the Senate on Thursday, March 1, 2001, the Committee continued its consideration of the special study on the state of the health care system in Canada. (For complete text of Order of Reference see proceedings of the committee, Issue No. 2.)

WITNESSES:

From the Canadian Auto Workers-Canada (CAW):

Cecil Snow, President, Nova Scotia Health Care Council.

From the Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations:

Robert Cook, President and Chief Executive Officer.

From the Insurance Bureau of Canada:

George Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer;

Paul Kovacs, Senior Vice-President Policy and ChiefEconomist.

From the Canadian Coalition Against Insurance Fraud:

Mary Lou O'Reilly, Executive Director.

From the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies:

Dr. David Zitner, Fellow on Health Policy.

From Dalhousie University:

Dr. Nuala Kenny, Professor of Pediatrics and Chair, Depart ment of Bioethics;

Dr. Vivek Kusumakar, Head, Mood Disorders Research Group, Department of Psychiatry;

Lawrence Nestman, Professor, School of Health Services Administration, Faculty of Health Professions;

Thomas Rathwell, Professor and Director, School of Health Services Administration, Faculty of Health Professions;

Dr. Desmond Leddin, Head, Division of Gastroenterology;

Dr. George Kephart, Director, Population Health Research Unit, Department of Community and Epidemiology;

Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, Faculty of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine.

From the Nova Scotia Valley Caregivers Support Group:

Maxine Barrett.

From the Elizabeth May Chair in Women's Health and the Environment, Dalhousie University:

Sharon Batt, Chair.

From the Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy:

Georgia MacNeil, Chairperson.

From the Cape Breton Regional Health Care Complex:

John Malcolm, Chief Executive Officer;

Dr. Mahmood Naqvi, Medical Director, Cape Breton Regional Facility.

From the Capital District Health Authority:

Dr. John Ruedy, Vice-President, Academic Affairs.

From the Canadian Medical Association:

Dr. Henry Haddad, MD, President;

Bill Tholl, Secretary General;

Dr. Bruce Wright, President of the Medical Society of Nova Scotia;

Dr. Dana W. Hanson, President-Elect.

From the Cobequid Community Health Board:

Ryan Sommers.

From Health Canada:

Anne-Marie Léger, Policy Analyst.

Mr. Cook made a statement. Mr. Snow made a statement. The witnesses answered questions.

Mr. Anderson made a statement. Ms O'Reilly made a statement. Dr. Zitner made a statement. The witnesses answered questions.

Dr. Kenny made a statement. The Chair made a statement.Dr. Kusumakar made a statement. Dr. Nestman made a statement. The witnesses answered questions.

At 12:36 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 1:33 p.m., the sitting was resumed.

Ms MacNeil made a statement. Ms Barrett made a statement. Ms Batt made a statement. The witnesses answered questions.

Dr. Ruedy made a statement. Mr. Malcom made a statement. Dr. Naqvi made a statement. Dr. Rathwell made a statement. The Chair made a statement. The witnesses answered questions.

Dr. Haddad made a statement. The Chair made a statement. The witnesses answered questions.

At 4:30 p.m., Senator LeBreton took the Chair.

Dr. Kephart made a statement. Dr. Rockwook made a statement. Dr. Leddin made a statement. Mr. Sommers made a statement. The witnesses answered questions.

At 5:56 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

ATTEST:

Josée Thérien 

Acting Clerk of the Committee