Archive for the International Category

OECD looking at harnessing data, administration waste

From January 16, 2017, “Expresso” morning summary of the Economist magazine Health ministers from the 35 countries of the OECD start a two-day meeting in Paris, at a conference that will try to frame the future of rich-country health care. The agenda includes making better use of

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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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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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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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Medicare isn’t free. Costs average family of four $11,735 + costs of waiting for care

Medicare isn’t free, the Fraser Institute reminds us in its 2015 annual report. “In 2015, the average Canadian family of four with earnings of $119,082 paid the equivalent of $11,735 in taxes for public health care insurance.” In addition, Canadians “incurred $1.2 billion in lost income and productivity due

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NHS “junior” doctors strike cancels 125,000 services

More than 125,000 appointments and operations were cancelled and will need to be rearranged as thousands of junior doctors — those with up to 10 years of experience — posted picket lines outside hospitals around England, according to a Canadian Press Story dated April 26, 2016. http://bit.ly/239L1RP The two-day

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Health care an afterthought in Alberta’s Speech from the Throne

Despite Medicare consuming 50% of the Alberta Government’s operating budget, it appeared as an afterthought in the March 8 Speech from the Throne in this one-sentence paragraph: “Albertans want to build a society that provides well-managed, efficiently financed, nimble, world-class health care, education and other public services.”

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International study another black mark for Medicare

70% of 2,000 Canadian family physicians [FPs] believe their patients often experience long wait times to see a specialist — the worst showing of 10 countries in the International Health Policy Survey by the Canadian Institute for Health Information [CIHI] and the Commonwealth Fund. As for getting

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Canada ranks the 8th highest in health care spending

Canada ranks the 8th highest in health care spending

In 2012, of 30 OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries, Canada ranked the eighth highest at $4,602 per person – more than $1,000 above the OECD average of $3,590 according to a report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information [CIHI]. As usual, the United

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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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