Prichard, Dr. J. Robert S.
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The speaker addresses the audience in his role as chairman of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Review on Liabilty and Compensation Issues in Health Care. A review of the principal findings of the inquiry with an indication of the avenues of reform that appear most promising, prior to submission of the final report to the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health in June. A view of medical malpractice as a microcosm of the much broader phenomenon of personal injury and disability in Canada. Remarks are divided into three parts: the background to the problem, the principal findings of the inquiry, and the implications for reform. The results are often surprising, with seven principal findings dealing with myriad aspects of the issue. Each is explored in some depth. The strategy for reform has three major components, each of which is described in some detail. Some concluding remarks which include a discussion of Ontario's record in various aspects of health care, and a vision of opportunity for progress in the immediate future.