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Five Things Most People Get Wrong About Canada's Health Care System

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:58 AM

by Kathleen O'Grady and Noralou Roos

A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system -- should the challenge have made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and found success there. Dr....

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Canada's Healthcare System Thrives When There's a Human Touch

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 10:56 AM

I had cataract surgery last year -- a terrifying prospect for a visual person. I love art and ocean views, and I was nervous about anyone working on my eyes. I delayed surgery a couple of times but finally committed. As it turned out, my surgery went fine. In fact,...

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Too Much Health Care Can Be Harmful

(1) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 5:00 PM

It is easy to assume that the real problem with our health care system is "not enough" -- not enough physicians, not enough MRIs, not enough money.

But a growing number of studies show that more health care is not always better and the more expensive drug or treatment...

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Why It's Worth Shopping Around for Your Pharmaceutical Drugs

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 1:53 PM

Ever wonder why we have so many pharmacies around town? It seems as if there's a new one on every other street corner these days. Some of them seem to have found all sorts of ways of making money from the unwary consumer.

Just last week I went in...

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Canadian Health Care User Fees: Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

(18) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 9:05 AM

Here it comes again -- an idea that surfaces regularly in Canadian health care debates and seems to hold sway with those who advocate common sense principles: user fees.

Some people think that charging patients when they use the health system would help control health care costs, ensure that people...

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Silver Tsunami to Break the Health System's Bank?

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 8:00 AM

We hear over and over again that Canada's aging population threatens the financial sustainability of its health care system. And there's no denying that Canada's population is getting older -- in fact, the proportion of the population aged 65 and older will almost double during the next 20 years.

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