What is Happening

No surprise: BC’s choice is public-sector MRIs

Many employees – unionized and non-unionized – enjoy health-care benefits they can use to access many forms of health care through private-sector plans, clinics and providers. Public-sector unions have been very successful in negotiating such benefits for their members, giving them choice when the government-run system fails

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Patient choice key to sound health care

Letter. Published March 27, 2018 in Edmonton Jounal The Alberta Government appears to have signalled the importance of a sustainable health-care system by capping expenditures at three per cent for [each of] the next three years.  Sustainability reflects what a government can afford to spend on health

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Son’s death inspires Calgary family’s health care advocacy

Advocacy has many levels and dimensions. It’s important to encourage and recognize efforts by families, health care providers and non-profit organizations. They advocate for, pursue and introduce improvements to make the system more responsive to the needs of patients and their right to have timely access to

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Oh, the naiveté, innocence and idealism of some physicians

Letter published in the Alberta Doctors’ Digest, a publication of the Alberta Medical Association Oh, the naiveté, innocence and idealism. I refer to a handful of Canadian physicians who support the federal government’s proposed tax reforms that are opposed by the vast majority of physicians, the Canadian

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Chronic pain sufferers feel the pain in Medicine Hat

Government decisions serve to remind us how arbitrary and unfair Canada’s publicly-funded, health-care monopoly, i.e., Medicare, can be. In a December 9, 2017, letter-to-the-editor published in the Edmonton Journal, P.J. Kehoe questioned “why isn’t infertility treatment granted equal [public] backing as are, say, abortion pills.” In Medicine

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Pharmacare won’t solve Medicare’s dismal performance

Letter published September 7, 2017, in the Grande-Prairie Herald Tribune. Re: It’s time for a universal  pharmacare plan “It’s time for Canada to catch up to our international peers,” and “to complete the unfinished business of our medicare system with a universal prescription drug plan,” Canadian Labour

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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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We shouldn’t condone ‘legal bullying’ in medicare trial

Here’s an article published June 6 by the Canadian Healthcare Network We shouldn’t condone ‘legal bullying’ in medicare trial WRITTEN BY RONALD KUSTRA ON JUNE 6, 2017 Ronald Kustra It is unfortunate that Dr. Michael C. Klein, a board member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, supports the

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Calgary lower-cost IVF clinic gives patients choice

Couples seeking in vitro fertilization [IVF] now have a low-cost alternative with Effortless IVF’s facility in Calgary, which opened Valentine’s Day. http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/new-calgary-clinic-offers-less-expensive-options-for-infertile-couples-who-want-children The Edmonton Journal also published the article. The Calgary Herald reports Effortless IVF’s fees are “$6,500 all-in” compared with traditional IVF in Canada that averages $13,000 – $14,000.

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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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