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That's almost 40 per cent more than the year before.
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It is almost a certainty that in about 100 days, how health care is delivered in the province of Ontario will change dramatically as Bill 41 -- The Patient's First 2016 Act -- comes into effect. The impending changes are not without controversy. Several health professional associations and patient advocacy groups have expressed deep concern about aspects of the legislation. There are also those who welcome these reforms and see them as potentially presenting solutions to well documented challenges.
Canadians aged 55 and older were the second most likely among comparable countries to stop filling their prescriptions in 2014 because of cost.
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The health minister said countries such as Australia and Britain are doing a better job.
They outsource services to the U.S. -- services that now cost more than they would if provided here. They waste much-needed health-care dollars on bureaucracy and failed ventures. They ignore ordinary people as they die on ballooning wait lists. They offer Band-Aid solutions to complex problems. This is not acceptable.
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Right now the strategy seems to be to make it as difficult as possible for families to navigate the system and find the care their loved one needs. There are so many rules which means that the patient isn't eligible for this or doesn't qualify for that.
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One thing Americans and Canadians can agree on is that we don't want each other's health care systems. In truth, most Americans don't know how Canada's system works and Canadians don't know much about the U.S. system. Yes, there are waiting lists for some services -- but, no, Canadians are not coming across the border in droves to get American care. Separating fact from opinion as the Canadian ambassador long ago urged was something I tried to do as I made my way across Canada while visiting there recently. In some ways, the Canadian system is very different from U.S. health care. In other ways, it's very much the same and faces similar challenges in the years ahead.
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.
While total physician numbers are growing, for many physicians, their individual workloads appear to have declined but their compensation has not. In an era of tight public budgets, having more physicians doing less and costing more may be seen as a luxury. One thing is certain: The recent trend toward doing less for more is not a sustainable option.
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.
Maintaining the status quo is not sufficient for Canadians to retain pride in our health-care system. The time for reform is now. So how can Canadian policy-makers implement more coordinated care? We argue that virtual multi-specialty networks may be a useful model of care delivery.
The premiers recently announced the creation of a working group on health care innovation to examine three critical issues related to the health workforce. It will take more than an observatory to kick start real progress in the three areas identified by the premiers. Soap operas are "sticky" for a reason.
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