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The funding formula for health care is broken. Alberta’s windfall proves it

The funding formula for health care is broken. Alberta’s windfall proves it

Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette recently announced that Ottawa’s reform of the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and spending cuts make federal finances sustainable for the long-term – but possibly at the expense of the provinces....

 

Actuaries paint a bleak future for Canadian healthcare

OTTAWA, ON, Oct 3, 2013/ Troy Media/ – The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) recently painted a frightening portrait of Canadian healthcare, with projected costs growing to the point where little money will be left in provincial budgets...

 

Governments must take action to stop cancer before it starts

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial health ministers come together this week for their annual meeting. While we don’t know the details of their discussions, we hope that the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases will be...

 

Obamacare vs. Canada: Five key differences

Obamacare vs. Canada: Five key differences

Despite the partisan war in Washington that shut down the federal government this week, President Barack Obama has succeeded in implementing the first major health reform in the United States in nearly 50 years, as the Patient Protection and...

 

Is This Drug Company Taking Advantage of Canada?

Is This Drug Company Taking Advantage of Canada?

You don’t have to be on drugs to make sense of Eli Lilly’s $ 500-million NAFTA lawsuit against Canada but, as the saying goes, it would probably help. The case is astoundingly dangerous with global consequences. It should trigger...

 

Canada’s Two-Tiered Mental Health System

Canada’s Two-Tiered Mental Health System

Last week, my Twitter followers and friends witnessed what some are calling are a mental health crisis and what others are citing as a major personal breakdown. Heck, even one of my friends suggested I went “all Charlie Sheen” over...

 

Frank Swedlove: The hidden health-care crisis

Frank Swedlove: The hidden health-care crisis

While the rising costs of hospital and physician services continue to grab most of the attention in the debate around health-care reform, high drug costs are eating away at our health system in virtual obscurity. Canadians pay some of the highest...

 

The deadly cost of secret free trade deals

Once again, our government is negotiating a trade deal in secret — and once again, the chorus of “free market” fundamentalists is assuring us that what’s good for lining corporate pockets must be good for us all. In the matter of ongoing...

 

Why Ontario should pioneer the expansion of prescription drug coverage

At a national health policy conference recently, Ontario’s Health Minister Deb Matthews made a few notable comments. Among them was a request that policy experts applaud government officials when they do the right thing. Too often, good healthcare...

 

Health-care priorities for Canada’s premiers

When the premiers gather this week at Niagara-on-the-Lake for the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation, it is unlikely that the public or the press will pay much attention. The meeting falls in the dead of summer, Prime Minister Stephen...

 

Concern mounts as clock running out on health accord

We, the undersigned organizations, made up of doctors, nurses, health care workers and providers; health committees, community organizations, patient groups, civil society, and organized labour, are deeply concerned about the expiration of the...

 

Ontario hospitals: Time to move into the 21st century Add to …

Ontario hospitals: Time to move into the 21st century Add to …

When it comes to the way we fund our hospitals, Ontario is only now moving beyond the 8-track era. The government is modifying its outdated payment systems to try and change the same old tune that has played for decades: long wait lists, bed...

 

Editorial: Second chance for health care

Today’s editorial is the third of five on the main issues confronting Premier Christy Clark and her new B.C. Liberal government. Last Sunday, we looked at energy policy. Today, health care is the focus. Clark and the Liberals are getting what...

 

The Nasty Side Effects of a National Drug Plan

A conference was held a few weeks ago in Ottawa to discuss yet again the adoption of a pan-Canadian government-run drug insurance plan that would cover prescription drug costs for the entire population. Supporters of such a plan maintain that...

 

Re: A prescription for unrest: Why Alberta’s demand for cheap generic drugs has sparked protests and complaints

By Kay Venance, Pharmacist I would like to comment on a May 18th Calgary Herald article “A prescription for unrest: Why Alberta’s demand for cheap generic drugs has sparked protests and complaints,” written by Keith Gerein.  I found it...