Health Insurance

Canada Needs a National Standard for Drug Coverage, Not a Patchwork System

Danielle Martin | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle Martin

Better pharmacare for all Canadians will be difficult to achieve without the federal government at the table. The government of Canada could lead on this issue in a way that no single province or territory can do, by supporting the development of a single national list of drugs to be covered for all Canadians and by harnessing the purchasing power of the whole nation to get the best possible bang for our buck.

Follow This Money Do Checklist To Change Your Life in Six Weeks

Anita Saulite | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

Put your saving strategy and bill payments on auto pilot. We all know it, but saving money each month is saving for the future. Just know, savings are what you pay yourself, and if you want to secure your golden years and worry less, then pay yourself first. Set up automatic bill payments.

Women With Multiple Chronic Conditions Are Screened Less Often for Breast Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

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?

Don't Listen to the Fear Mongers. Competition in Health Care Works

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Those opposed to market-based health care reform do their best to scare Canadians. Reality, however, is considerably different. International experience suggests that private competition is a fundamental feature of a high-performing, universal access health care system. For evidence, consider the Dutch health care system where private (and even for-profit) insurance companies, private providers, activity-based funding and cost sharing combine to provide more timely access to high (if not higher) quality care than Canada's system for similar cost.

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?

U.S. and Canadian Health Care Have More In Common Than You Think

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

As in the U.S., there's much soul searching about whether the country is getting as much bang for the bucks it spends. Does the quality of care match the country's outlay? A number of studies, including the latest international comparison from The Commonwealth Fund, show that Canada and the U.S. both fall down on several dimensions of care.

Private Health Insurance Will Not Fix Health Care Problems

Mark Stabile | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Stabile

There is evidence that physicians shift their time to the private system resulting in fewer publicly funded services. And there is evidence that the cases left in the public system are most complicated and costly. But there is little evidence that wait times in the public system go down.

Canadian Start Up Takes Aim At Medical Debt

John F. Gray | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

If being sick doesn't kill you, the medical bills might. Imagine getting better and being bankrupted for it. Facing the prospect of financially devastating medical bills is a reality many Americans know isn't going away. But a newly announced partnership between B.C. startup FundRazr and leading US provider of healthcare information Healthline.com may just save them from financial ruin.

We Spend Money, But Health Care Doesn't Get Better

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Canada's health expenditures as a share of the economy are, after accounting for our younger population, higher compared to every other developed nation with universal health insurance. Yet Canadians endure some of the longest delays for emergency care, primary care, specialist consultations, and elective surgery in the developed world.

Canadians Are Paying More to Wait Longer for Newer Drugs

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

New medicines are a central component of modern medical care. Unfortunately for Canadians, our federal government takes an approach that is slower than others, unnecessarily costly for taxpayers, and is ultimately of questionable benefit to Canadians. Canadian approvals for market access to new drugs take longer than similar approvals in both Europe (under the European Medicines Agency) and the U.S. (under the FDA). Specifically, the median approval time was longer in Canada than in the other jurisdictions in four of the past five years. But would faster approval of new drugs expose us to greater risk? Perhaps.

You Paid For my Teeth Cleaning, So Thanks

Irfan Dhalla | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Irfan Dhalla

How did you end up paying for my teeth cleaning? My private health insurance plan reimburses me for dentistry and optometry, as well as prescription drugs and other health care services. But health insurance premiums aren't taxed the way the rest of income is. People without private health insurance are disadvantaged the most by the private health insurance subsidy. They have no private health insurance themselves, yet they still end up subsidizing everyone else's coverage.

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...

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Goes From Jeopardy! To Working For U.S. Health Insurer

CP | Jim Fitzgerald, The Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2011 | Canada Business

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Enough with the fun and games. Watson is going to work.IBM's supercomputer system, best known for trouncing the world's best "Jeo...

'Private' Health Care Means Allowing Insurance Companies to Provide for Your Well-Being

Alan Cassels | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada
Alan Cassels

The sustainability and comprehensiveness of our universal healthcare system relies on governments' collective response to a simple question: Who will pay for what?