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It's Time To Appoint Special Prosecutor On B.C. Health Care Firings

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Call it what you want bad damage control or poor deflection, but one thing is certain: the Ministry of Health's attempts to put those 2012 firings behind them aren't working out so well.

B.C. Child With Enterovirus Infection Partially Paralyzed

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

TORONTO - A new threat is emerging in the outbreak of the respiratory illness enterovirus D68 — a small number of infected patients in Canada and th...

Are These Men's Health Ads Funny Or Sexist?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A new set of ads raising awareness for men's health are also raising some eyebrows. The Canadian Men's Health Foundation has launched a campaign ca...

B.C.'s $1-Billion Investment Fails To Improve Primary Health Care

Kimberlyn McGrail | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kimberlyn McGrail

Since 2006, British Columbia has spent more than $1 billion to improve primary health care. So have B.C. patients benefited from such a massive investment? Sadly, it appears not.

What I Learned After Waiting 10 Hours In The ER

Alex Sangha | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

I feel our health care workers and health care system is doing the best it can with the limited resources and support services they have. I am not sure what the solutions are but I feel the status quo is not working. I have been thinking about my experience in the hospital emergency room for a while. How can the system improve so the services are there in a timely and efficient manner when the people need them?

How Wellness Can Save Health Care

John F. Gray | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

There's an illusion that health care in Canada is free. It's not. Just because there isn't a bill for every visit or every treatment doesn't mean it's a free service. Every single treatment, procedure or prescription drug doesn't come with guaranteed coverage. A visit to Connect Health does come with a bill. But maybe it's time we start putting a value on our good health.

Health-Care Workers Deal Ratified

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The association representing more than 16,000 health care workers in British Columbia has ratified a deal that gives members a 5.5 per cen...

MEND Your Ways and Create Healthy Kids for Life

Dr. Tom Warshawski | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Tom Warshawski

Statistics show that obese children have an 80 per cent or higher probability of becoming obese adults. Adults who have unhealthy weights are at increased risk of heart disease, cancers, strokes and type 2 diabetes. In Canada, approximately 30 per cent of children and youth are either overweight or obese, that's up from 15 per cent in 1978. That's why efforts are underway across the province, including in your community, to help families live a healthy lifestyle

B.C.'s Gambling Problem Doubles

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The number of severely addicted gamblers in British Columbia has more than doubled while the provincial government has taken in billions i...

Cut This, Cut That, Cut This Too

CBC | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The latest round of B.C. budget cuts tabled yesterday will lead to more cuts to health care services and new user fees, according to the union that re...

We Didn't Approve Those Other Pay Raises

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's minister of health says the board of directors that oversees one of the province's six health authorities did not approv...

Health Care Silences B.C. Politicians

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Nobody should be surprised the province's politicians are skirting the issue of public-private health care during the election campaign, s...

'We Have Third-World Response Times Here'

CP | Cara McKenna, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Jackie Inyallie didn't have to die, her family says, in fact they add the 24-year-old woman's injuries should have been considered "non-li...

Money For Making Dying More Comfortable

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - If grief wasn't enough on learning his mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, there was more heartache for Stephen Roberts over his Mom's ...

$100,000 Offer For B.C. Doctors To Do This

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The B.C. Medical Association and the provincial government are teaming up to offer a big carrot to doctors to get them to practice in sever...

$324-Million Contract Not Working: A-G

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government's decision to outsource administration of the Medical Services Plan and PharmaCare to a U.S.-based company has failed ...

B.C. Family Doctors Just Phone Call Away

Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Patients in B.C. will soon be able to consult their family doctors by phone in a new program announced Friday by the provincial health ministry and th...

Penticton Hospital In Critical Condition

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

PENTICTON, - Doctors in Penticton, B.C., say the city's 62-year-old hospital is in critical condition and badly needs an upgrade.A group of 120 doctor...

B.C. Health Spending Slammed

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia politicians have long touted their plans to make the province a model for healthy living and disease prevention, but a new...

B.C. Health Premiums Go Up

CBC | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

For the fourth year in a row, the B.C. government is hiking Medical Services Premiums in January, but that's not the only way taxpayers will be handin...

B.C. Nurses, Government Make A Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's nurses have reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government that includes a small wage increase.Health Mini...

Doctors Join Fight For Private Health Care

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of B.C. anesthesiologists is asking to join a constitutional challenge of the province's ban on private health care, but they insi...

What Hasn't Changed Since I Was B.C. Health Minister

Rafe Mair | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Rafe Mair

Back in ancient times I was health minister in B.C. Much has changed. No one had heard of AIDS in 1979-80. Organ transplants were rare. MRIs were just gleams in inventors' eyes. One thing has however remained the same -- the debate over private medicine. In those days doctors were demanding the right of "balance billing," a euphemism for padding their bills. Now the doctors are mad at Vancouver's Dr. Brian Day for operating his own form of balance billing by running a clinic outside the Medical Services Plan. At this writing, Day is challenging the government to go to court and get an injunction against his clinic.