Health Care Reform

Before Buzzwords, We Had Change Agents

Sarah Saso | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Saso

Transformational approach, holistic approach, social enterprise -- today it's become trendy to throw around buzzwords about social change. Fortunately, the buzzwords have a concrete meaning thanks to innovators in the not-for-profit world who implemented the approaches in the first place -- long before the jargon existed. These are the original change agents.

No, New Deal Won't Force Ontario Doctors To 'Ration' Health Care

Kaif Pardhan | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Kaif Pardhan

Many voting against the PSA argue that a fixed budget prevents physicians from providing necessary care to patients. No one is suggesting this. Patients who need care will be seen, necessary tests and surgeries will be done, family and specialist clinics will still see patients and physicians will continue to get paid to provide these services.

Stop The Spin And Let Ontario Doctors Vote Their Conscience

Nadia Alam | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The OMA ramped up their aggressive endorsement: ads appeared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Calls for a balanced discussion were met with threats from the OMA: "it's either the PSA or more cuts." Rules govern how such votes occur. The OMA's methods rigged the votes towards a "yes," seemingly breaching them all.

Building A Fairer, More Sustainable Health-Care System For Canada

Sean Speer | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

The reality is that Canada's present system is failing to live up to the principle of universality. By subsidizing hospital and doctor costs for all Canadians we have little public monies left over to help low- and middle-income Canadians pay for uninsured services and treatments.

Confessions Of A Doctor On The Brink Of Burnout

Nadia Alam | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Dread and despair, uncertainty and panic ebb and flow around thoughts of my medical career. Most days clamour with stories of clinics closing, physicians leaving and patients dying on waitlists -- all flatly ignored by provincial leaders. Some days, I even want to quit. After only sx years of independent practice, I'm burning out.

Thinking Of Not-For-Profit Organizations As Today's Change Agents

Sarah Saso | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Sarah Saso

When you think of a not-for-profit organization, "change agent" probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. Today, more and more not-for-profit organizations are not only making a difference, they are making it by doing things differently.

Dear Premier Wynne, It's (Still) Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In case you think I'm asking you for more money for health care, I'm not. The $51 billion currently budgeted is enough, it just needs to be spent more efficiently. There will be significant immediate cost savings from cutting the bureaucratic bloats. But will this be enough to get you the election win you so badly desire in 2018?

Cannabis' Cancer Treatment Potential Is Finally Being Recognized

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

Since I posted the letter that has spread further than I ever expected, I have received a few private responses on Facebook. They have all been touching and meaningful, and I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me. However it was today I received the most significant one.

Trudeau Can Learn From Martin On Health Care Reform

Allan Maslove | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Allan Maslove

The health care problems we face are not the result of insufficient spending. In fact, more money may be counterproductive. The primary focus of any new accord needs to be on the structure of the federal-provincial arrangements. The most commonly visualized instrument seems to be a return to something like the Health Accords of 2003 and 2004.

Biosimilar Medicines Can Help Make Health Care More Accessible

Bruno Mäder | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Business
Bruno Mäder

Biologic medicines constitute one of Canada's fastest-growing segments in pharmaceutical spending. For the year ending August 2014, biologics sales accounted for $5.6 billion or 24 per cent of the entire Canadian market for pharmaceuticals, and included four of the top five best-selling drugs in Canada.

Collaboration In Health Care Is The Cure For Canada's Chronic Pain

Dr. Bob Haig | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Bob Haig

It's no surprise that governments are focusing more attention on how to better support musculoskeletal (MSK) patients, considering that back pain is now the leading single cause of disability worldwide. Ontario chiropractors are playing a crucial role in the development of new models of care to help our province face these challenges.

The Truth About Physician Pay

Nadia Alam | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Ontario physicians are well-paid. No one is arguing that. But right now, their paycheques are the only ones in the Liberal crosshairs. Let's look at other well-paid public sector employees. Google the Sunshine List; it's all laid out by name, occupation, and taxable income.

What Personalizing Health Care Might Mean for You

Russell Williams | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

The acceleration of research and development of sophisticated biologic medicines and vaccines to more effectively prevent and treat disease has given rise to a form of healthcare known as personalized medicine.

Universal Health Care Should Include Alternative Medicine

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Given all the growing research evidence on alternative therapies I wonder if our current medical system is old. Both the insurance companies and the government have not kept up with time. These services are scientifically studied to help, so is this truly a universal health care?

The Use of Antipsychotics in Seniors' Homes -- How Much Is too Much?

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Joshua Tepper

The percentage of long-term care home residents who are using antipsychotic medications varies from zero per cent in some of the province's homes to 67 per cent in others, according to a new report published by Health Quality Ontario. That's a striking amount of variation.

It's Time to Overcome Private Healthcare Fears

Yanick Labrie | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Business
Yanick Labrie

A health care system can remain public and universal all while allowing entrepreneurs to compete to provide services and attract clients, instead of leaving patients trapped in a public monopoly that fails to respond adequately to the demand for treatment. But first, we have to get over our fears concerning the role of the private sector in health care.

Canada and America Are Both Guilty of Rationing Healthcare

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

Yes, we do ration healthcare in America. It's just that those affected the most are those who have the least income. In America, we have become oddly blasé about income inequality and its consequences, increasingly willing to let those without simply do without. But the mere hint that a needs -- or evidence-based -- process might be used to allocate scarce or high-priced healthcare raises an outcry from those accustomed to getting what they want, when they want it.

Putting a Human Face to Health Care Waiting Lists

Yanick Labrie | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Yanick Labrie

Long waiting lists seem to have become a permanent feature of Canadian health care. But what are the effects of having to wait a long time for medical treatment? Is it just an annoyance, or are the consequences more serious?

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.

Mandel to Play Giant Game of Health 'Whack-A-Mole'

Todd Herron | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Todd Herron

He'll learn, if he follows the money, that two thirds of health dollars spent are public dollars, yet two thirds of health dollars consumed are by private health providers, which includes specialists and family physicians operating their own private practices. This means he isn't so much the commander of a "health system" as he is at the apex of a "health industry". In short, the secret to really getting things done is: incentives, incentives, incentives.

Our Universal Health Care Needs Reform, Not Corporatization

Mark Taliano | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada
Mark Taliano

The dismantling of our emblematic health care system is happening beneath our very noses. We are assured that it is in or best interests, and that corporate, multi-tiered health care, like corporate globalization, is inevitable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Each promise about corporate healthcare is false. Comprehensive documentation shows that a "two tier" system is inferior to a universal publicly funded system, by any measure.

Canada's Health Care System Should Incorporate Alternative Medicine

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Having spent 15 years studying these alternative medicine techniques I clearly see how the body can be receptive to such suggestions. It is more than just positive thinking. Having done this type of work to heal myself and having helped many others, I can attest to the fact that it is truly a journey.

We Need to Rethink the Canada Health Act, and Fast

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Recently, a scathing report on the United States' health care system was issued. Surprisingly, little was made of this report in Canada. This was a shocking oversight, given that our performance on this same report was abysmal. Our health care system ranked second last in the study. How did our once-vaunted health care system become such a very expensive failure?

The Crazy Project: Talking About Mental Health

Moses Mutabaruka | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Moses Mutabaruka

Although mental health is a heavy and personal matter that comes with a lot of stigma, talking about it is like finally being able to breathe! It lifts a huge weight off your shoulders and you are able to live again.

Canada's Free Health Care Costs Us Good Health

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

As consumers of an amazing medical system, I see the benefits of what we have to offer. At the same time I do see the shortfalls. I often wonder if we had a system which emphasized prevention, nutrition, meditation, breathing, routine exercise, living life from a heart based existence and more -- would we have such an expensive health care system?