SFU plays host to public forum on health care

Jan 23, 2003, vol. 26, no. 2

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SFU's institute for health research and education (IHRE) and the gerontology research centre are hosting the first public discussion of the B.C. government's changes to its delivery of health care since they were announced in April 2002.

Provincial health minister Colin Hansen and intermediate and longterm health care minister Katherine Whittred will be guest speakers at the free forum. It takes place on Feb. 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., in room 2270 at Harbour Centre.

“The changes announced last April by the B.C. government are wide ranging and fundamental. And yet there has been no real discussion of these changes and what they mean,” says Tom Koch.

The bioethicist and adjunct professor at SFU's gerontology research centre will speak at the upcoming seminar, which he helped organize. Koch will present research that suggests the government's changes “are not a restructuring but a fundamental contraction of services, at least 10 per cent in some health districts.”

Other speakers include Gloria Gutman, professor and director at the gerontology research centre and Michael Hayes, IHRE associate director. Nancy Olewiler, a SFU economics professor, will chair the discussion, which is open to members of the SFU community and the public.
Call the gerontology research centre at 604-291-5062 to book a seat at the seminar.

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