Health Care Canada

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

Kimberlyn McGrail | Posted 07.04.2014 | 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.

Harper Government Warned As Health Accord Expires

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Patients in some parts of the country may face bed shortages and more expensive drugs now that a health-care deal between Ottawa and the prov...

Republicans Ruin Healthcare By Ignoring Jesus (And Canada)

Michael Bolen | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Bolen

Republicans really want a Christian nation, they should start acting like it. Canadian Dr. Danielle Martin testified before the the U.S. Senate health subcommittee on Tuesday and learned just how uncharitable some GOP senators can be. When it comes to social welfare, Canadians are nicer than many Americans. We don't like hospital wait times either, but we're willing to accept some discomfort in order to ensure the less fortunate in our society receive the same care as everyone else. Millions of mostly-conservative Americans believe that if you're poor it's your own fault.

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 ...

Why Canadian Health Care Costs So Much

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada
Trudy Lieberman

We know that the U.S. has the most expensive health care in the world. But beyond noting that dubious achievement, we seldom ask why. On my recent visit to Canada as a Fulbright scholar, I stopped by to pose that question to one of their leading health care experts, David Dodge, an economist who has served as federal deputy health minister and seven terms as governor of the Bank of Canada.

‘Breaking Bad' Gets Hospital CEO Thinking..

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Watching "Breaking Bad" — the hit TV show about a teacher who turned to cooking meth to help pay for his cancer treatments — got David M...

The Surprising Things Parents Do That Affect Children More Than Poverty

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Caregivers don't need great riches to support their children. A strong, supportive adult figure can help children overcome otherwise unhealthy environments. This figure need not even be the child's parents (though of course this helps). A grandparent, and aunt, a family friend, even a dedicated teacher can have a tangible, long-lasting impact on a child's development.

I Should Decide If My Mother Lives, Not a Hospital

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

A recent landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a doctor's unilateral right to deny life-sustaining medical treatment to a patient over the family's objections. Attention needs to turn now to another life and death situation that is often bewildering and sometimes fraught with abuse: the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decision when made by a family on behalf of a loved one. Physicians will often seek a DNR consent from a family member when an older patient is brought into the hospital. Their approach can be overly aggressive. I experienced this several years ago when my mother was hospitalized with a serious infection.

Think Canadians Don't Struggle With Money When They Get Sick?

CP | Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Nearly half of Canadians facing a major health incident like cancer or a stroke are struggling financially as a result of their illnesses, a...

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.

Why All Doctors Should Prescribe Tax Returns

Gary Bloch | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada
Gary Bloch

The link between health and income is solid and consistent -- almost every major health condition has worse outcomes among people who live at lower income. I will continue to advise my patients to exercise more and eat healthier food, but this tax season I will also spend time prescribing tax returns.

Why Are Patients Still Waiting For Priority Surgeries?

CBC | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Impact

Wait times for priority medical treatments like hip and knee replacements are not going down despite concerted efforts in all provinces to improve the...

Can Health Care Make Society More Productive?

Cy Frank | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada
Cy Frank

Health care is a form of human capital. Considered in the broadest sense, health care encompasses public education and prevention services as well as the delivery of care when illness strikes. As such, it is actually one of society's critical means of keeping our population productive. Canadians can't afford productivity losses. The Conference Board of Canada reported last year that our productivity level has fallen to 80 per cent of the U.S. level from a high of 90 per cent in the mid-1980s. If we can agree that efficient health care is an enabler of productivity and that productivity is key to wealth, the next steps should be easy

Canadian Health Care A Point Of Pride

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Canadians, it seems, love their universal health care.The monarchy? Not so much.A new national poll commissioned by the Montreal-based Associ...

What Patients Aren't Telling Their Doctors

Shirley Williams | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Living
Shirley Williams

I was struck by the number of patients who had patient blogs and the reasons why they turned to the social web. However what was more enlightening, and at the same time emotionally dampening, were the reasons why many do not tell their doctors about their blogging activities.

The Myth About Brand Name Drugs

Kapil Khatter | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada
Kapil Khatter

There is an ongoing campaign to convince health care providers, decision-makers and the public that generic medications cannot be trusted and that if you want the real goods you need to pay the brand name price. The line is actually a twist, a re-packaging of some complicated statistics into an easy-to-understand sound bite, but one with the unfortunate weakness of not being true.

A Healthier Society Starts With Income Equality

Gary Bloch | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada
Gary Bloch

Tom, 46 years old and a skilled carpenter, came into my office the other day. He has not worked for the last eight years since he hurt his back in a car accident. He struggles to survive on $600 per month. For him, social assistance has not been so much a safety net as it's been a fish net -- a trap of indignity from which he has been unable to wriggle free.

So, is Public Health Spending Sustainable Yet?

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Gregory Marchildon

Recent information counters the prediction that health spending will inexorably gobble up all of our public resources, as has been argued by some commentators. But does this mean that the public health care cost curve is finally being bent and we no longer have to worry about health spending? Can we conclude that public health care spending is now sustainable for the long-term? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

Using Your Smartphone For Health Advice

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.28.2012 | Canada Living

We may be contributing to the worldwide market for mHealth and not even know it. Millions of us have used our phones to make grocery lists, try ou...

The Shocking Truth? More Health Care Doesn't Mean Better Health

Rob Brown | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada
Rob Brown

How much a society spends on health care has not been found to be directly related to any health outcome tested. A society that spends so much on health care that it cannot or will not spend adequately on other health-enhancing activities may actually be reducing the health of its population. If a country wants to see significant improvements in its population health, the best public policy is to eliminate poverty.

Innovation Will Lead to the Health Care Canadians Deserve

Perrin Beatty | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada
Perrin Beatty

When it comes to health care, we can clearly see that a cost-cutting approach only works for a while. Given the giant demographic shift underway now, we aren't going to save our way to great health care. Put simply, innovation is not a choice. Improving Canadian competitiveness demands it. Canadians in need of a more sustainable and effective health care system deserve it.

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...

The Real Reason Canada is Short on Hospital Beds

Trafford Crump | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Trafford Crump

Canada has over 70,000 hospital beds and spends more than $47 billion a year on hospital care, yet accessing these beds when they're needed most remains an important public health concern. Many hospital beds are being used by patients who no longer require the specialized equipment or nursing care provided by a hospital. So what's the solution?

Base Your Health Care Debate in Fact -- Not Politics

Damien Contandriopolous | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Damien Contandriopolous

Health care financing in Canada is no small business. With a staggering $200 billion spent on health care services annually debates about health care services financing ought to be taken seriously. We certainly have no shortage of pundits, from the left and the right, weighing in on the state of the Canadian health care system. Too bad the debates aren't often based on the facts. We deserve better. We deserve evidence.

Ontario Woman Slams Canadian Health Care In Anti-Obama Ad

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Business

A Canadian woman who made waves three years ago with her criticism of her native country’s health care system is back at it, this time on behalf of ...