Office of the Assistant Director  
Health Systems Strengthening Area 
Health Policies and Systems Development Unit  
Major Trends in Health Legislation in Canada, English-Speaking Caribbean and the United States of America: 2001-2005

The studies identify and analyze the evolution of health legislation enacted between 2001 and 2005 in Canada, the English-speaking Caribbean and the United States of America, with emphasis on the legal frameworks for the strengthening of the regulatory function of the National Health Authority, health financing and insurance, quality of services and the structure of the health system (decentralization and new mechanisms to facilitate civil society participation).

The main variables utilized for the analysis were: 1) barriers to access to quality, efficient and timely health services; 2) legal framework directed to reducing health inequities by groups and in terms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and 3) impact of international agreements such as the International Health Regulations in the legal framework of the countries studied countries. Among other issues or relevance for the analysis may be mentioned: environmental health, the rights of patients, the reduction of health inequalities and disease control.

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