Health Care Reform

Ontario Doctors Like Me Won't Play Along With Patients First Act

Nadia Alam | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Ontario needs genuine health-system reform. Instead we get the Patients First Act. Doctors are hopping mad. So we are turning our backs on those who willfully ignore our warnings and our advice. They will now stand alone as their committees waste more time and taxpayer money on a sketchy health-care "transformation."

Taking Health Care On The Road

Sarah Saso | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Sarah Saso

With our health care system facing ever-increasing demands and mounting budget constraints, we need to think differently about how we deliver health care. As we've seen in our series on change agents, this is precisely what change agents do -- they make a difference by doing things differently.

Millennials Who Supported Trudeau Want Action On Mental Health

Global Public Affairs | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Global Public Affairs

Whether it's a result of increased need, improved awareness or maybe both, millennials are asking for help in the form of access to mental health services that are often fragmented province to province and particularly difficult to access. Millennials are also most likely to be underinsured or have no insurance at all.

National Pharmacare: To Be Or Not To Be

Global Public Affairs | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Global Public Affairs

Today's disjointed pharmaceutical policy may be described as a Shakespearean tragedy -- a flawed system that will always end with demise. The relationship between health care policies, the funding of prescription drugs and public access to medically necessary medication is fragmented. It is in need of political leadership.

Virtual Health Care: The Future Of Telemedicine

Warren DiClemente | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada
Warren DiClemente

As a long-time advocate for telemedicine as a tool to improve access to care, quality of care and the sustainability of health care systems, Dr. Edwar...

British Columbia's Failed Health-Care Experiment

Kimberlyn McGrail | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Kimberlyn McGrail

B.C. attempted to coax individual doctors to provide important primary care services (chronic disease management, mental health care and preventative care, for example) and discourage walk-in style practice by providing additional incentive payments within the public fee-for-service system.

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 11.25.2016 | 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 09.24.2016 | 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.