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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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Almost 46,000 Canadians sought medical care outside Canada in 2015: study

The number of Canadians seeking non-emergency medical treatment outside their own country continues to climb year-after-year with the most recent study by the Fraser Institute suggesting 45,619 did so in 2015. The Fraser Institute did not indicate how many Canadians went to the United States, only that

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To spend, spend, spend. Or not to spend. That is the question.

  Only 48 hours before a new Fraser Institute study found provincial health care systems to be unsustainable, the union-backed Ontario Health Coalition conducted an unofficial province-wide referendum as a novel way to oppose budget cuts to hospitals. The coalition’s Stop Hospital Cuts Now Referendum asked Ontario residents

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Health care spending is not sustainable: report

  Health care spending could consume almost 50 per cent of provincial budgets by 2030, according to a Fraser Institute study released May 31, 2016. This will trigger higher taxes, larger deficits, and/or reduced spending on other public programs such as education and social services. http://bit.ly/1sYr6e2 The study, The Sustainability

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Physicians & blood plasma next on Alberta’s public vs. private health care agenda

Since being elected a year ago, Alberta’s NDP government has been persistent in trying to assure the private sector that not only is it not anti-business, but also that it is pro-business. For example, in her April, 2016 “Address to Albertans,” Premier Rachael Notley said, “And to

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Kermit the Frog & the Medicare Monopoly

Kermit the Frog reminded us, “It’s not easy being green.” Likewise, it’s not easy being a patient in Canada’s health care monopoly. And, it’s not easy being a Canadian minister of health. But “it’s not easy” is no excuse when: • The Medicare monopoly fails to deliver

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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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Yes, Minister comes to Ontario’s health care system

Our goal is to ensure that patients get the care they need no matter who they are, and that the local health-care system is there for them no matter where they live, as we continue to improve one of the best systems in the world—one that truly

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Sustainability of HC system concerns 77% Ontarians

77% of Ontario residents are concerned about the sustainability of the province’s health care system, but only 60% of Ontario residents see value in it, i.e., provides excellent value for dollars spent, according to a 2016 February survey conducted for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce [OCC]. http://bit.ly/1RcA8cg The

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Albertans wait longer for CT scans; Sudburians forced to pay for PET

Albertans wait longer for CT scans Budget pressures are forcing Albertans to wait longer for CT scans that far exceed national wait times for acceptable care, according to Dr. Paul Parks, spokesperson for the Alberta Medical Association’s Section of Emergency Medicine. http://bit.ly/1Q6Nd6x Dr. Parks said technicians have been ordered

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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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