Canada's Health Care System

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The Canadian Constitution holds jurisdiction over the organization of Canada’s health care system. Roles and responsibilities are divided between the federal, provincial and territorial governments. (1) At a national level, several intergovernmental, nonprofit organizations have been established in the past decade to improve overall system governance by monitoring and reporting on health system performance; disseminating best practice in patient safety initiatives; and providing information on health and health care, and standardizing health data collection. (2) Nongovernmental organizations that play important roles in system governance include the professional organizations such as the Canadian Medical Association, the provincial regulatory
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