Health care is a form of human capital. Considered in the broadest sense, health care encompasses public education and prevention services as well as the delivery of care when illness strikes. As such, it is actually one of society's critical means of keeping our population productive. Canadians can't afford productivity losses. The Conference Board of Canada reported last year that our productivity level has fallen to 80 per cent of the U.S. level from a high of 90 per cent in the mid-1980s. If we can agree that efficient health care is an enabler of productivity and that productivity is key to wealth, the next steps should be easy
Executive Director, Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute
Cy Frank is Executive Director of the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute and an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Calgary, Alberta. He is also an expert advisor for EvidenceNetwork.ca a non-partisan project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Manitoba Health Research Council to make the latest evidence on controversial health policy issues available to the media.
If you think junk food goes directly to your hips, you're right. But it gets worse. It gets into your hips, and into other bones in the body, too. Junk food, or more precisely, food that is high in fat and sugar, robs the skeleton of the building blocks it needs to grow and remain strong to ward off degenerative conditions like osteoporosis. The picture is not pretty.
09/13/2012 07:55 EDT
Health care, which pollsters insisted was the issue of greatest concern to voters in the federal election, was summarily dismissed by our political parties with a unanimous promise made up of two simple words: "more money." But throwing ever-larger amounts of taxpayer dollars at the problem without measuring value often simply results in more waste and duplication.
07/22/2011 04:05 EDT
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