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This course introduces participants to the organization and operation of the health systems of Canada. The initial section focuses on the client as the consumer of health services. Discussion is focused on the historical concepts of the provider-client relationships; integrated client-centered care.  Also examined are major institutional and community components and the interrelationships; role of government; the impact of access to services with the shift from the institutionally-based illness model with curative technology to a wellness model stressing client rights, community development and health promotion in a climate of the learning organization with quality improvement initiatives.

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