Entries by Noralou Roos

Is it Finally Time for a Guaranteed Annual Income?

(35) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:35 PM

Could the Guaranteed Annual Income -- once considered radical notion -- now be an idea whose time has come? The Dutch city of Utrecht recently announced it is starting an experiment to determine whether introducing a basic income produces a more effective society. Closer to home, Joseph Ceci,...

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How We're Trying to Inject Health Policy Into Mainstream Media

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 12:46 PM

For the last 30 years or so, Canadians have repeatedly flagged healthcare as the most important national concern and the issue they want their political leaders to prioritize. Surveys and studies and polls and panels -- there have been plenty -- all come up with the same finding:...

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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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