Canada Health Act

The Feds Are Failing Canada's Seniors

Hedy Fry | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Hedy Fry

The Liberal government's Health Accord recognized that‎; the Council of the Federation recognizes that; health care advocates and health professions recognize that. This is the mandate of the federal government and it is time to stop passing the buck to provinces.

Let's Take a Closer Look At European Healthcare Before We Try To Emulate It

Bacchus Barua | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Bacchus Barua

The so-called "jewel of Canada's health system" is, in fact, exactly what sets us apart from the top-performing universal access health care systems across the developed world. Freeing patients to seek care on their own terms with their own resources actually more closely follows the European approach to health care where universally insured residents of countries like Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, and others have always had the option to choose private parallel care.

The Government Is Pulling Away From Health Care Spending

Livio Di Matteo | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Livio Di Matteo

Expenditures on public health care in Canada appear to be slowing, raising the possibility that the health care cost curve is finally being bent and the system transformed. What does this mean? The economy will eventually recover and relax provincial health expenditure constraints, but federal health transfer growth will be reduced starting in 2017.

Time for Premiers to Stand Up to Federal Bullies on Health Care

Paul Moist | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Paul Moist

When Canada's premiers meet for the annual Council of the Federation this week, the future of health care is a critical item on the agenda. The role of a premier is to stand up to federal government bullying on behalf of all Canadians. We are asking them to send a strong message to the Harper Conservative Government: Get back to the table and get back on board to support public health care for all in Canada.

The Canada Health Act Is a Cruel Deception, Not Best in the World

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

Medicare and the CHA have reached mythical proportions in Canada. It is an untouchable "sacred trust." Those that dare question it -- much less talk of reform -- are virtually branded enemies of the state. I experienced this first hand last year when as a candidate in the general election I had the temerity to point out a simple fact: Canada does not have the "best healthcare system in the world," as all politicians have told us for years. In fact, that is a cruel deception. And CHA is nothing more than a hollow and toothless statement of intention and principles, has been the most untouchable of scared cows of Canadian politics since 1984. All three national parties kneel at its altar.

Messing With the Canada Health Act Hurts the Most Vulnerable

Allan Maslove | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Allan Maslove

There's been a lot of talk about reforming the Canada Health Act -- specifically losing two of the five principles. What's less frequently discussed is what we risk losing if certain principles of the Canada Health Act were to be relaxed or abandoned completely. If that happens, can anyone be confident that a high quality public system can be sustained?

B.C. Health Clinics Extra Billing Patients

CP | Jeremy Nuttall, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada

VANCOUVER - Two private health clinics in Vancouver have been found to be illegally billing patients for services covered by the public system and hav...

Brad Wall Urges 'Lean' Health-Care Reforms

CBC | Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada Politics

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is urging health-care providers across the country to use "lean management techniques" in their service de...

Harper's Historic Health Care Pledge Meets Deaf Premiers

Shaun Francis | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Shaun Francis

What few of the premiers seem to have grasped about the Government's recent medicare announcement is that Harper and Flaherty are handing over federal money to the provinces without conditions. Harper's pledge would seem to effectively suspend the legislation that has defined Canadian health care for the last 27 years.

Premiers' Health Care Meeting Will Be Loud But Fruitless

David Gratzer | Posted 03.16.2012 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

Today, the premiers are meeting in Victoria. Top of the agenda: health care. It's a meeting that will be long on rhetoric but short on purpose. Historically, such meetings allow premiers to bemoan the lack of stable, long-term funding from Ottawa.

Canadian Pro-Lifers Take a Page From Tea Party's Book

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 11.15.2011 | Canada
Jarrah Hodge

One of the most insulting aspects of this Campaign Life push to defund abortion is the idea that Canadians are too stupid to figure out that abortion is far cheaper for our health care system than forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

Health vs. Health Care: Knowing the Difference, Fighting for Both

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 10.19.2011 | Canada
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Do we want a strong fence at the top of the cliff or the state-of-the-art fleet of ambulances and paramedics at the bottom? Do we want clean air or puffers and respirators for all? Should governments boast how much they are spending on the health care system, or the health of their populations -- leaving no one behind.

Canadian Health Care Needs Innovation, Not Privatization

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada
Gregory Marchildon

Business as usual in health care is not a viable option. We must choose which road of reform we want to go down. There have been some positive efforts to improve the quality and timeliness of targeted public health-care services, but these actions are just too small to be real game-changers.