Canadian Health Care

How We Can Improve the Lives of Young Breast Cancer Patients

MJ DeCoteau | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Impact
MJ DeCoteau

Young women with breast cancer present our healthcare professionals with difficult cases. They are often diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer that require tough therapies. And the powerful treatments needed to stop the cancer can cause many complex side effects for young women, including early menopause.

Should Doctors Charge a "No Show" Fee?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Many doctors who work in group practices are now paid a flat fee, per patient, per year. It essentially means the physician gets the same amount regardless of whether you have just one appointment or 10 appointments a year. So a doctor paid on that basis doesn't really lose money if a patient misses an appointment. However, protecting the doctor's income is not the sole motivation for imposing a "no-show" fee.

New Brunswick's Opportunity to Reduce Pharmaceutical Drug Prices

Steve Morgan | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

The Liberal government of New Brunswick appears to be stepping back from the brink of mandatory prescription drug insurance. And so they should. The drug plan chosen by the Conservatives was designed on a false premise: that the private sector can better manage things than government can. In many sectors, that might be true. But not in health care.

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.

Canadian Health Care Isn't As Good As You Think It Is

Michael Bolen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Michael Bolen

Those who suggest changes to the health care system are generally met with cries of "treason" and are invited to move south of the border. The superiority of our model to that of the U.S. has become such a part of our national identity that we've become reticent to experiment with new ideas. Calls for reform invariably spark fears of a plot to put an end to the free system and make us more like the Americans. So we're better than The United States, but should we really aim so low?

Canadian Faces $500,000 U.S. Medical Bill

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Canadian woman who was injured in a skydiving accident in the U.S. is being flown home, but she owes $500,000 for her American medical care. Kenz...

WATCH: Viral Health Care Hearing Displays America's Dark Side

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Politics

HuffPost Canada News Editor Michael Bolen explains what the viral video of a Canadian doctor schooling a Republican senator on public health care says...

Canadian Doctor Teaches U.S. Senator A Lesson On Public Health Care

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics

Dr. Danielle Martin just became Canada's newest hero. Martin, who serves as vice president at the Women's College Hospital in Toronto, was in Washi...

13 Things We All Hate About Canadian Health Care

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living

Canadian health care is the best in the world. At least, that's what we like to tell ourselves. But the reality is that Canada ranks last among 11 ...

Where Canadian Health Care Falls Short

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada
Dr. Jody Heymann

We actually know quite a lot about what makes Canadian health policy so effective. Population health approaches to improving social conditions, as well as public health prevention and health promotion measures taken across the country, have helped to reduce both chronic disease and acute illness. The Canadian portrait compares favourably to the American, but how does our healthcare investment compare to other developed nations in the study? Here, Canada falls short. Canada ranked 8th of 27 countries, while the US came in at 22nd.

Can't Remember to Take Your Meds? There's an App for That

Russell Williams | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

In our quest for solutions to big health care challenges, we can sometimes overlook the low-hanging fruit -- i.e. the small, practical changes that can bring about substantial savings and better health outcomes. Case in point: the cost-savings opportunities in medication adherence through incentives, health IT and data applications.

Will This Hospital Funding Plan Improve Health Care Ontario?

Jason Sutherland | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jason Sutherland

Over the next three years, the Ontario government plans to begin partially funding hospitals based on the number of patients they treat and the quality of care they provide. It's an ambitious plan that could fall flat or set a new global benchmark. No country has yet managed to set a price on high-quality care.

Chronic Condition: An Excerpt on Why Canada's Health-Care System Needs to Be Dragged Into the 21st Century

Jeffrey Simpson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Jeffrey Simpson

2013-02-08-WT.jpg Policy planners and health-policy experts can build their models and do their studies, but patients want high-quality service now, they want it free and they want it effective. They pay their taxes for a health-care system that is among the most expensive in the world. They are not getting enough value for money. Why not?

Canadians Are Over-Paying for Pharmaceuticals Year After Year

Steve Morgan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Steve Morgan

A single-payer, universal system would not bankrupt the health care system. Quite the opposite, in fact; we're paying too much for prescription drugs now, and a single-payer system might just be what would save our health care system because it would be cheaper -- a lot cheaper.

Selling Our Health Care to Profit-Seekers Won't Pay Off

Irfan Dhalla | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Irfan Dhalla

Last week, the family that owns Shouldice Hospital announced that it would like to sell its facility to Centric Health, a for-profit company. When it comes to providing complicated medical and surgical care that must be customized for each individual patient, non-profits are generally better. Selling medicare off, piece by piece, to large for-profit companies is the wrong approach.

Here's What Canadians Think Of Shona Holmes

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Business

It’s hardly news that Canadians have come to see their single-payer universal health care system as a part of the national identity. So when news br...

Let's Stop Deluding Ourselves And Fix Medicare Now

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada
Daniel D. Veniez

Many Canadians have developed an insidious culture of self-satisfaction that comes with being told repetitively by politicians and media that we have "the best health care system in the world." We have somehow taken this patent lie as a slice of authentic Canadiana. It makes us feel good, safe and comfortable. But you don't have a "comprehensive and universal" system if it takes two years to get a hip replaced, or eight months to get an MRI after a hard knock to the head. How can we keep a straight face and call our system a caring and "universal" one if many have no where to go?

Premiers Look To Quebec And Ontario For Health Care Efficiencies

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Canada's premiers and territorial leaders agreed to buy generic drugs together and standardize certain health-care practices as they try to ...

Wanted: Private Health Care Services For Canadians

The Huffington Post Canada | Eric Grenier | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada Politics

Given the choice between a private and a public health care system, Canadians overwhelmingly choose the latter. But insert a third option – a mixed ...

'A Class System' Of Canadian Heath Care

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is defending the Conservative government's decision to reduce health coverage for refugee claimants.Benefit...

Ottawa Considering Killing The Health Care Accord

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The provinces are grappling with the real possibility that they may soon be delivering health services without the guidance of a formal, nati...

Health Care Spending Doubles In A Decade

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Health-care costs in Canada doubled over the past decade and will cross the $200 billion mark this year, a report released Thursday reveals....

CMA: Health Care System Needs Fixing

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - A new report says Canadians believe the country's health-care system needs to be fixed. The Canadian Medical Association report says peopl...

Time for Canada to Improve Our Health Care Performance

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 07.27.2011 | Canada
Colleen M. Flood

The zombie that nirvana exists out there if we only embraced more private financing or private delivery never seems to disappear. We never seem to get around to needed health care reform.

Health Care: From Entitlement to Empowerment

Anne Golden | Posted 07.25.2011 | Canada
Anne Golden

Our fiscally unsustainable public health care system is in deep trouble. Getting the health care system we want requires a shift from a sense of entitlement to one of personal responsibility.