Romanow slated to speak at health care conference

May 13, 2004, vol. 30 no. 2

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Two years after producing his national report on the future of health care in Canada, former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow is coming to SFU to discuss whether governments are taking his advice to heart.

Romanow, the author of Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada, will be the keynote speaker at the 14th John K. Friesen conference at SFU's Harbour Centre campus.

SFU's gerontology research centre hosts the conference, which, this year, will generate dialogue on government responsibility for health care.

On the first day of the two-day conference, May 20-21, Romanow, Gregory Marchildon and Robert Evans will address provincial and federal tensions in health care funding and support.

Marchildon is the former executive director of the commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Evans is a senior research associate at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Colin Hansen, B.C. minister of Health Services, has been invited to speak on the second day, which will focus discussion on the impact of the Romanow report on health care in B.C. (Hansen has not confirmed his participation.)

People attending this conference will have an opportunity to question Romanow and Hansen during an audience participation segment.

Other conference speakers include Gloria Gutman, director of SFU's gerontology research centre, David MacLean, director of SFU's institute for health research and education and Tom Koch, adjunct professor of gerontology at SFU.

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