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Canada To Compensate HCV-Infected Tainted Blood Victims
  July 26, 2006
Josephine Roque - All Headline News Staff Writer
(AHN) - The Canadian government has declared an $875 million compensation package for the thousands of victims who acquired Hepatitis C from tainted blood. It is estimated that more than 20,000 people were affected during the 1980s and 1990s because Canada did not use up-to-date blood screening, according to sources.
The government has been reprehended for the past nine years for only remunerating victims from 1986 to 1990.
An effective blood screening system was then already being used in the US but was not applied in Canada.
The previous $1 billion compensation package left out some 5,500 people who were infected outside the four-year-period window. An estimated 3,000 people have died and many are hemophiliacs.
"Everyone who contracted this terrible disease will be treated fairly and compassionately, "Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the BBC.
Mr. Harper specified that compensation will depend on the victim's illness. The package is set to be available by 2007.
David Plater of the Canadian Hemophilia Society said, "Finally, a federal government stood up and said we are going to do something," adding that, "It was about reaching out to people that had been injured by a system that let them down."
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