Canada Health Transfer

Why Wait Times For Healthcare Continue To Be Among the Longest For Canadians

Bacchus Barua | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Bacchus Barua

Unfortunately, given the current government monopoly on healthcare insurance, the lack of appropriate incentives, and unwillingness to consider policies to reduce wait times that seem to have been successful in European countries with universal health care, it is entirely possible that Canadians may continue to experience some of the longest wait times in the developed world.

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.

Harper's Solution to Health Care Woes? Disappear

Maude Barlow | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

On November 22 and 23, Canada's premiers are holding an economic summit in Halifax. Stephen Harper was invited, but he's not coming. Harper's quiet absence at the first ministers' meeting in Halifax speaks volumes about his commitment to universal health care. Harper is well aware that his refusal to negotiate a 2014 Health Accord and the downloading of almost $40 billion will encourage provinces to charge patients out-of-pocket and bring in more for-profit services. This is the most expensive and least efficient method of delivering health care -- if you need proof, just look to our southern neighbours.

Harper Sticks Provinces With Take-it-or-Leave-it Health Care Approach

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 04.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Gregory Marchildon

There has been much media attention on the government's decision to extend the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), but the consequences of this decision seem to be missing. Provincial governments were put in the ridiculous position of complaining about aspects of the decision even as they accepted the money.

Poverty: A Huge Cost to Our Health-care System

Megan Yarema | Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Megan Yarema

Poverty and health go hand-in-hand. People in poverty are more likely to use the health care system because of physical and mental health issues or illness, and be more likely to face an early death. Stress, poor nutrition, inadequate housing, and unstable social environments are a few reasons for this.

Time for Ottawa to Change Course on Health Care

Allan Maslove | Posted 10.02.2011 | Canada
Allan Maslove

Ottawa likes to claim credit for supporting Medicare, but is quick to note that responsibility lies with the provinces. The provinces like to assert their jurisdiction over health care but never hesitate to point to "inadequate funding" from Ottawa to explain away failures. Can we get beyond this?

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.