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Colleen M. Flood

Professor, Director of the Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, and a University of Ottawa Research Chair in Health Law & Policy; Expert Advisor,

Colleen M. Flood is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

She is also a an expert advisor with, a comprehensive and non-partisan online resource designed to help journalists covering health policy issues in Canada.
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Canada Should Modernize Not Privatize Our Health-Care System

We desperately need universal coverage for a full array of health care goods and services -- pharmaceuticals, mental health services, home care and out-of-hospital diagnostics. Canada is unique among OECD countries in the paucity of what it covers on a universal basis despite falling in the top quartile of countries in levels of per capita health spending.
12/16/2015 01:13 EST

Dear Health Minister, We Need Federal Leadership In Medicare Restored

You will know well from history that real change won't happen by providing more federal money with unconditional transfers.Real change will require helping provinces to shift the focus of our health system away from those who are relatively well resourced to new areas of care, such as essential pharmaceuticals and homecare.
11/18/2015 12:38 EST
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How a B. C. Court Case May Threaten Canadian Healthcare

A case emerged in response to an audit of Cambie Surgeries, a private for-profit corporation by the B.C. Medical Services Commission. The audit found from a sample of Cambie's billing that it (and another private clinic) had charged patients hundreds of thousands of dollars more for health services covered by medicare than is permitted by law. Dr. Day and Cambie Surgeries claim that the law preventing a doctor charging patients more is unconstitutional.
04/24/2015 12:58 EDT
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Has Canada Forgotten the Harsh Lessons of SARS Already?

It was just 11 years ago when the World Health Organization slapped Toronto with a travel advisory, costing the city $2 billion and 28,000 jobs. This was not because of the number of SARS cases (similar in number to Singapore, which had no such advisory) but because Ottawa did not have a public health leader who could effectively coordinate with the provinces and communicate the outbreak's status to other countries.
12/02/2014 01:19 EST
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Canada's Healthcare System Becoming Too Similar To United States'

The latest Commonwealth Study ranked Canada's health care system a dismal second to last in a list of eleven major industrialized countries. It is true that Canada's health system is fragmented and uncoordinated. Too often people fall through the cracks and we are miserable at managing patients with multiple illnesses. And too often our system feels unresponsive to the concerns of patients and their families.
07/29/2014 09:11 EDT