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The 1984 Canada Health Act   Return to Health Care Theme page

1. Core Knowledge:

The five principles of the Canada Health Act form the cornerstone of the Canadian health care system:

  1. Universality: all eligible residents are entitled to public health insurance coverage on uniform terms and conditions;
  2. Portability: coverage for insured services must be maintained when an insured person moves or travels within Canada or travels outside the country;
  3. Public administration: the health insurance plan of a province or territory must be administered on a non-profit basis by a public authority;
  4. Accessibility: reasonable access by insured persons to medically necessary hospital and physician services must not be impeded by financial or other barriers, and
  5. Comprehensiveness: all medically necessary services provided by hospitals and doctors must be insured.
          (Mnemonic = UPPAC)

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3. Additional Information:

Brief history of the development of :

Links:  The Canada Health Act Annual Report

Updated August 7, 2014