Health Care Reform

Canada's Health Care System Should Incorporate Alternative Medicine

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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?

The Government Is Pulling Away From Health Care Spending

Livio Di Matteo | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Livio Di Matteo

Expenditures on public health care in Canada appear to be slowing, raising the possibility that the health care cost curve is finally being bent and the system transformed. What does this mean? The economy will eventually recover and relax provincial health expenditure constraints, but federal health transfer growth will be reduced starting in 2017.

Your Health Care Shouldn't Be All About Drugs

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

As a practicing family doctor, I have always been fascinated with health and healing. Over my 20-year career, I have marvelled at the resiliency of the human body. Most of us are taught that our bodies are basically stuck with a disease and there is little hope. My questioning mind and search for more has taken me down a slightly different path.

Good Reasons You Patients Need to Go Digital If You Want to Take Control of Your Health

Alexa Thompson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Alexa Thompson

I spent eight months in and out of hospital, received eight operations on my left leg, had my left knee joint replaced twice, and had two cataract operations. Managing my care and booking appointments by phone took a lot of effort. I jumped at the chance to use a patient portal, a digital health tool that my doctor introduced me to.

Talking to a Canadian Cabbie Gave Me Insight on Healthcare

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

I really loved Canada and the big blue skies they shared with me, their staunch ethic duty to serve all people in their nation when ill and in need, and their readiness to acknowledge health care's need to catch up and join patients where they live online.

Canada's Health Care's Not Much Better Than America's

David Gratzer | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada
David Gratzer

Many countries offer sophisticated medical care and universal coverage and yet have very different health-care models. And, more importantly, several of these countries achieve better health outcomes. To be fair, international health care rankings never offer a consensus on which country truly has "the best" system. But there is one area where these rankings are consistent: they usually place Canada and the U.S. mid to low pack. I believe both countries can do so much better.

What Ontario's Next Premier Needs to Tackle

Danyaal Raza | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Danyaal Raza

The report of the Ontario Social Assistance Review Commission, released October 24, offered some important steps toward health-focused change. Its release was set to spark a badly needed discussion on reform of a broken and anemic system. The surprise resignation of Premier Dalton McGuinty changed that -- this debate has been conspicuously absent.

Will This Man Give Canada's Healthcare a Shot in the Arm?

Andrew Boozary | Posted 10.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Boozary

The Canadian Medical Association's 145th annual meeting is taking place this week. The mantra of the meeting is health equity, and Sir Michael Marmot, the white knight of social determinants, undoubtedly provides the human and scholarly element the issue of inequality deserves. There may be no better person to articulate Canada's barriers to better health outcomes.

What Basketball Can Teach Us About Obamacare

Andrew Boozary | Posted 09.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Boozary

Woody Allen once said that basketball transports us to a primitive place for higher learning. The loose arrangement of strangers balling on public pavement illustrates many of the ivory tower's arguments surrounding health insurance. We can try breaking it down like this...

Is There Really a 1% Group for Canadian Healthcare?

Andrew Boozary | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada
Andrew Boozary

The Harper government may choose to believe that a divided society is not bad for the economy, or that wealth will trickle down. Canadians from across the country may have to assure him that health will surely not. Canada has fared better than other nations in the global economic crisis, but success stories have not followed those who prescribed austerity.

Obamacare Is in Anything But Stable Condition

David Gratzer | Posted 08.28.2012 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

The implementation of Obamacare seems anything but straight forward. Costs have soared despite the fact that most reforms don't kick in until 2014; several states have effectively rebelled; one basic reform (the long-term care insurance) was already scrapped. The debate over American health care seems no closer to resolution.

Harper's Looming Health Care Fiasco

Zach Paikin | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Zach Paikin

Harper's unilateral offer promises increases in federal funding that are unsustainable. With health care set to eat up 80 per cent of provincial budgets by 2035, if no substantial reforms are implemented we will have serious consequences for the ability of provinces to spend on departments other than health care.

Premiers' Health Care Meeting Will Be Loud But Fruitless

David Gratzer | Posted 03.16.2012 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

Today, the premiers are meeting in Victoria. Top of the agenda: health care. It's a meeting that will be long on rhetoric but short on purpose. Historically, such meetings allow premiers to bemoan the lack of stable, long-term funding from Ottawa.

Note to Our Ministers of Health: The World Is Fat

David Gratzer | Posted 01.28.2012 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

Here's the paradox in modern health care: medicine has never been better, but we seem to be getting collectively less healthy. Obesity rates continue to rise dramatically: One in four Canadians are overweight and among the heaviest of the Western world.

We Are All Health Care Consumers Now

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.27.2012 | Canada
Neil Seeman

The debate over health care consumerism -- a more overarching issue bound up in the very notion of Canadianism -- is over. Outside of dusty corners of academia, Canadians agree that health care is a service industry like any other. It's just more complicated.

Shattering Canadian Health Care's Conventional Wisdom

David Gratzer | Posted 01.23.2012 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

There is no single reform that is going to make medicare work better. But there is a general approach that would be useful. And that alternative approach recognizes the limitations of centralized planning and the need to allow more private money and leadership into the system.

How B.C. Can Cure Canada's Ailing Health Care

Garey Mazowita | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
Garey Mazowita

At the heart of B.C.'s approach to health care is the conviction that the doctor-patient relationship -- that long term bond forged over time -- is the critical attribute that promotes healthier patients and more appropriate, cost-effective care.

An Innovative Approach to Healthcare: Reward Healthy Choices

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 11.16.2011 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

Imagine if, instead of scaring people with the dangers of obesity and cigarettes, we actually rewarded people when they bought healthy groceries, when they exercised or when they called into a smoking cessation hotline? Could this be a big part of the future for Canadian health promotion and care?

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 to Move Beyond Private vs. Public Debate and Reform Our Health Care System

Cy Frank | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada Politics
Cy Frank

Health care, which pollsters insisted was the issue of greatest concern to voters in the federal election, was summarily dismissed by our political parties with a unanimous promise made up of two simple words: "more money." But throwing ever-larger amounts of taxpayer dollars at the problem without measuring value often simply results in more waste and duplication.

Premiers Meeting: Targeting Asian Markets

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- VANCOUVER - The country's premiers want to ensure Canada seizes the economic opportunities associated with being a part of the A...

Canadian Health Care Needs Innovation, Not Privatization

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada
Gregory Marchildon

Business as usual in health care is not a viable option. We must choose which road of reform we want to go down. There have been some positive efforts to improve the quality and timeliness of targeted public health-care services, but these actions are just too small to be real game-changers.