Public Health Canada

How Kenney Is Killing Refugee Health Care

Ritika Goel | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

Today, Jason Kenney and the Conservative government announce a controversial list of countries that will determine who does and does not get access to healthcare in this country. This is what the government has facetiously called "public health and safety coverage" illuminating their limited understanding of the field of public health. As a family doctor working with refugees and refugee claimants, the potential impacts of this policy are horrifying. We will no doubt see individuals left with no choice but to allow their health to worsen before seeking services. It seems to me that this is a lose-lose situation.

Patients Charged 'Abusive' Fees At Public Health Clinics

CBC | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Living

Quebec's health insurance board says reimbursements paid out for illegal fees charged by public health clinics are nearly four times higher than last ...

So, is Public Health Spending Sustainable Yet?

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Gregory Marchildon

Recent information counters the prediction that health spending will inexorably gobble up all of our public resources, as has been argued by some commentators. But does this mean that the public health care cost curve is finally being bent and we no longer have to worry about health spending? Can we conclude that public health care spending is now sustainable for the long-term? Unfortunately, the answer is no.

For-Profit Health Care Treats Shareholders First

Andrew Boozary | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Boozary

This past week, a small family-owned medical facility just outside Toronto, the Shouldice Hospital, catapulted to the centre of the public-private debate in Canadian health care. Centric Health -- a publicly traded company under American control -- has placed a bid to acquire Shouldice for over 14-million dollars. Frustration with our current health system and the visceral reaction to contract it out is understandable. But for-profit hospital and provider arrangements are accountable first to their shareholders, second to patients and taxpayers.