Archive for the Health System Category

Manitoba town to offer “user pay” MRIs

The Winnipeg Free Press featured pro-con columns to spotlight a proposed “user pay” MRI service in Niverville, a community southeast of Winnipeg.. The “con” was penned by Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union; the “pro” by Gordon Daman, a volunteer board member

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UCP should emulate Lougheed on provincial rights

  Calgary Herald letter-to-the-editor Published August 21, 2017 Alberta politicians should press feds over health care Will the next leader of the United Conservative Party, if he becomes premier, have the fortitude and tenacity of Premier Peter Lougheed who championed provincial rights over natural resources in a

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Federal Government eyes taxing private health benefits

Nearly five decades ago [1969] ,the Federal Government created a public monopoly by effectively prohibiting private hospital and physician services. The result: [i] Canada’s health care system, i.e., Medicare, is a subpar performer; all countries superior to Canada have patient choice for private hospital and physician services

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Time to grow Medicare beyond its 20th roots

Alberta needs to be innovative and grow its health-care system beyond its 20th century roots, Canadians for Sustainable Medicare [C4SM] proposed in a letter-to-the-editor [“Ailing medicare system is looking for a cure”] published January 9, 2017, in the Calgary Herald. The letter was prompted by a January

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Oh, when will they ever learn. Oh, when will they ever learn.

Medicare has more than 50 years of history, misconceptions and mythology. It has has achieved an iconic status among many Canadians, as well as a certain degree of political correctness amongst members of the chattering classes and unions. Most recently Chicken Little and her flock have been

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Huge health care costs

Letter to the editor, Edmonton Sun, published October 19, 2016 HUGE HEALTH COSTS Tom Parkin (October 16) asserts medicare is sustainable. No, it’s not — unless the federal and provincial governments in their current negotiations on health care spending deal with the realities of the medicare monopoly

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Chicken Little in full rhapsody. NDP’s anti-privatization crusade. The care guarantee.

Newspapers don’t print every letter-to-the-editor. Here are four from us that ended up being spiked. [In the good old days when typewriters ruled the newsroom, the news desk featured a nail-like spike for stories that weren’t going to be published.] Letter #1 Chicken Little and her flock

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Dr. Brian Day and his court case for the ages

Chicken Little and her flock — who want to preserve Canada’s over-priced, mediocre health-care system known as Medicare  — are again in full vocal rhapsody, “The sky is falling. The sky is falling.” Outside a B.C. courthouse yesterday, a handful chanted and displayed “greed” placards.The catalyst for their

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China looks to Australia’s health care system, not Canada’s Medicare

Two Australian private hospital operators are set to be among the main beneficiaries of China’s health system shifting from a predominantly public model to more private enterprise, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. http://bit.ly/29xjwhc The story was listed in the July 13, 2016, “International Health News Briefing” published by The

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Costco running a “poll” on private health care

“Should Canada have more private health clinics or services” is the question posed in the July/August edition of the magazine Costco Connection. It offers two opposing views: “Yes” by Jasmin  Guenette, vice-president of the Montreal Economic Institute; “No” by Colleen Flood, director of the University of Ottawa

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Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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