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  • Manitoba is positioned to become the centre for gamma knife treatment in Western Canada. Gamma Knife Surgery (GKS) is a minimally invasive neurosurgical procedure performed by neurosurgeons and colleagues from radiation oncology and medical physics. This effective and powerful technique is used most often to treat patients with benign tumours, some malignant brain tumours, arteriovenous malformations (AVM), and disorders of abnormal function such as trigeminal neuralgia.

  • The Minister of Health of Manitoba is Kelvin Goertzen, appointed in May 2016.

  • Pharmacare is a drug benefit program for eligible Manitobans, regardless of disease or age, whose income is seriously affected by high prescription drug costs. Pharmacare coverage is based on total family income and the amount paid for eligible prescription drugs.

  • The Manitoba Home Care Program, established in its present form in September 1974, is the oldest comprehensive, province-wide, universal home care program in Canada. Home Care is provided to Manitobans for all ages based on assessed need and other resources available to the individual including families, community resources and other programs.

  • St-Boniface Hospital Research has developed an ‘in house’ neurodegenerative disorders research team - the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders (DND) - to determine mechanisms underlying, and identify potential treatments for, neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s Disease, ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury and aging-related CNS degeneration.

  • The Cadham Provincial Laboratory has served Manitobans as their public health laboratory spanning three centures. The Laborator originated in 1897 when Dr. Gordon Bell was appointed the Provincial Bacteriologist and first Director of the lab. Today, the lab has several sections including Microbiology, Newborn Screening and Public Health Chemistry, Serology/Parasitology, Virus Detection and Media/Quality Assurance.

  • If you are not originally from Manitoba but your Work Permit is valid for at least 12 months in Manitoba, you and any family members listed on the Work Permit are eligible for health coverage as of the date it was issued.

  • The Northern Patient Transportation Program is designed to subsidize the cost of transportation required for residents of Manitoba located in the north to obtain medical or hospital care at the nearest location available for health conditions either on an elective or emergency basis.

  • Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical air transport for critically ill and injured patients. The program takes the emergency room to the patient while providing the ongoing pre-hospital care required. Onboard every STARS flight is two pilots, a critical care nurse, and a critical care paramedic. In Manitoba, STARS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.