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What I Learned After Waiting 10 Hours In The ER

I feel our health care workers and health care system is doing the best it can with the limited resources and support services they have. I am not sure what the solutions are but I feel the status quo is not working. I have been thinking about my experience in the hospital emergency room for a while. How can the system improve so the services are there in a timely and efficient manner when the people need them?
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How Wellness Can Save Health Care

There's an illusion that health care in Canada is free. It's not. Just because there isn't a bill for every visit or every treatment doesn't mean it's a free service. Every single treatment, procedure or prescription drug doesn't come with guaranteed coverage. A visit to Connect Health does come with a bill. But maybe it's time we start putting a value on our good health.
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Health-Care Workers Deal Ratified

VANCOUVER - The association representing more than 16,000 health care workers in British Columbia has ratified a deal that gives members a 5.5 per cent wage increase over five years and additional inc...
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MEND Your Ways and Create Healthy Kids for Life

Statistics show that obese children have an 80 per cent or higher probability of becoming obese adults. Adults who have unhealthy weights are at increased risk of heart disease, cancers, strokes and type 2 diabetes. In Canada, approximately 30 per cent of children and youth are either overweight or obese, that's up from 15 per cent in 1978. That's why efforts are underway across the province, including in your community, to help families live a healthy lifestyle
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Health Care Silences B.C. Politicians

VANCOUVER - Nobody should be surprised the province's politicians are skirting the issue of public-private health care during the election campaign, says a professor from the University of British Col...
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Money For Making Dying More Comfortable

VANCOUVER - If grief wasn't enough on learning his mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, there was more heartache for Stephen Roberts over his Mom's upset feelings that she would not be able to spend...
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$324-Million Contract Not Working: A-G

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government's decision to outsource administration of the Medical Services Plan and PharmaCare to a U.S.-based company has failed to bring the expected benefits, the auditor genera...
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B.C. Health Spending Slammed

VICTORIA - British Columbia politicians have long touted their plans to make the province a model for healthy living and disease prevention, but a new report says the government isn't supporting that...
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B.C. Health Premiums Go Up

For the fourth year in a row, the B.C. government is hiking Medical Services Premiums in January, but that's not the only way taxpayers will be handing over more of their pay cheques to the government...
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B.C. Nurses, Government Make A Deal

VICTORIA - British Columbia's nurses have reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government that includes a small wage increase.Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid won't say what the increa...

What Hasn't Changed Since I Was B.C. Health Minister

Back in ancient times I was health minister in B.C. Much has changed. No one had heard of AIDS in 1979-80. Organ transplants were rare. MRIs were just gleams in inventors' eyes. One thing has however remained the same -- the debate over private medicine. In those days doctors were demanding the right of "balance billing," a euphemism for padding their bills. Now the doctors are mad at Vancouver's Dr. Brian Day for operating his own form of balance billing by running a clinic outside the Medical Services Plan. At this writing, Day is challenging the government to go to court and get an injunction against his clinic.