History of Primary Health Care

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​Primary health care was defined in the Declaration of Alma-Ata at the International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata, USSR, in 1978. Delegates to the conference expressed "the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world…."

To view the declaration click here.

In 1986 at the First International Conference of Health Promotion in Ottawa the Minister of Health and Welfare, Jake Epp, unveiled a new framework for health promotion as a means of achieving health for all.

Primary health care came to the fore again, in late 1990 and early 2000. To view various examples of discussion and planning documents, click on the links below.

In 2001 Caring for Medicare: Sustaining A Quality System, the Fike Commission released its recommendations on the future of medicare.

In November 2002 the Commission on the Future of Medicare in Canada published its finding in "Building on Values: The Future of Medicare in Canada." Click here to view the report.

In June 2002 the Saskatchewan Government released "The Saskatchewan Action Plan for Primary Health Care." This plan, along with "Guidelines for the Development of Regional Health Authority Plans for Primary Health Care Services", provided the necessary mandate and direction for the province's Regional Health Authorities to begin work. For more information click here.

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