Canadian Health Care

There's A Way We Can End The Indigenous Health Crisis

Denise Amyot | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Denise Amyot

Ensuring that indigenous communities struggling with rising suicide rates and persistent health challenges receive the health care services they need not only to cope, but to thrive, is urgent.It is also critical to address the factors that result in poor health outcomes.

Canada's Health-Care System Is Failing Patients

Bacchus Barua | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Bacchus Barua

Shorter waits for hip-fracture repair, and eight out of 10 Canadians receiving "priority procedures" within government-defined benchmarks. Sounds pretty good, right? However, these highlights from the Canadian Institute of Healthcare Information's annual update of Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada are little more than feel-good distractions from the real story.

Fixing Medical Tourism Errors Costs Alberta Health Big Time: Study

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Alberta

And it can also be life-threatening.

Canada's Bloated Health Care System Is Nothing To Brag About

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

We need to recognize that the arguments by health care providers, such as the Ontario Medical Association, that we increase government spending on health care are plain ugly and selfish. We are already paying some 49 per cent more capita for health care than are folk living in 29 better performing health care systems.

Canadian Health Care Wait Times Are Getting Worse

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living

Currently, it's double the length of wait times that existed in 1993.

What Is the True Value of Time Lost Waiting for Medical Treatments?

Bacchus Barua | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Bacchus Barua

Imagine being told you need medical treatment, but have to wait for more than two months before you can get it. This is the average wait time experience for more than 900,000 Canadian patients. While some of them may be lucky enough to wait for their treatment without an impact on quality of life, others may endure weeks of pain and suffering. In some cases, patients waiting for treatment may no longer be able to do their jobs properly and may be forced to take time off work and forgo their income.

Canada's Medicare System Aging Badly

CP | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's medicare system is aging badly, a federal panel said Friday. The Advisory Panel on Health Care Innovation has released a new repo...

Why This U.S. Doctor Is Moving to Canada

Emily S. Queenan | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Business
Emily S. Queenan

I had a vision of cultivating a practice where patients felt heard and cared for, and where I could provide full-spectrum family medicine care, including obstetrical care. My practice embraced the principles of patient-centered collaborative care. It employed the latest in 21st-century technology. I loved my work and my patients. But after five years of constant fighting with multiple private insurance companies in order to get paid, I ultimately made the heart-wrenching decision to close my practice down. The emotional stress was too great.

Think Tank Calls Court Case 'Serious Threat' To Health Care System

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Business

A much-delayed B.C. court case challenging the ban on private health care slated to begin this fall could have widespread implications and impact all ...

How We Can Improve the Lives of Young Breast Cancer Patients

MJ DeCoteau | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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...