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Ontario and Ukraine Partnering to Improve Patient Care

February 9, 2018

Ontario and Ukraine have signed an agreement to improve health care outcomes through information sharing and expertise.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, accompanied by Yvan Baker, MPP for Etobicoke Centre, was in Ukraine this month to establish a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dr. Ulana Suprun, Acting Minister of Health for Ukraine. For the next three years, this agreement will promote cooperation on training programs and research projects, and the exchange of information and health care professionals.

This partnership will focus on:

Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed close bilateral relations since Canada was the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence on December 2, 1991. There are approximately 1.3 million people of Ukrainian descent living in Canada – 342,000 of which live in Ontario.

Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

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“Ontario has been collaborating with Ukraine on a number of training, education and knowledge-sharing initiatives. This agreement strengthens our important relationship by establishing a partnership to share information regarding health care delivery and cooperative programs that will benefit us both. I look forward to continuing to build this relationship in the future.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“Today, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate with the Government of Ontario seals our mutual intention to work together on a three-year program for health care development and participation. Our main objective is to transform the Ukraine's healthcare system into an effective healthcare service of the 21st century. We really appreciate Canada’s support in this process, as this is the country that has always offered Ukraine a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on, even at the most difficult times.”
— Dr. Ulana Suprun, Acting Minister of Health for Ukraine

“I am pleased that Ontario will be sharing its knowledge and best practices in telehealth and telemedicine as well as other areas of health care delivery, such as rural medicine, emergency care, mental health and addictions, the education of health care professionals, and disease prevention. I am proud that Ontario will help transform the way health care is delivered in Ukraine and will help Ukrainians live healthier lives."
— Yvan Baker, MPP, Etobicoke Centre

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