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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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Former federal health minister & former CMA president to debate rights of patients

“Our broken health care system is infringing on the rights of Canadians”: Agree or Disagree? Ujjal Dosanjh and Dr. Brian Day will debate Canadian health care as part of another Great Canadian Debate, taking place May 2 at 5 pm MDT [Alberta/Saskatchewan time] at the Canadian War Museum

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PM Trudeau, BC Premier Clark use $20 million taxpayer dollars to bully doctor, patients

 bully noun (pl. bullies) a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. New Oxford American Dictionary Rhetoric “By standing up against bullying, we send a powerful message – bullying has to stop, period,” said Premier [Christy] Clark. “We can make this happen if we

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Ban on private blood-plasma clinics gives unions gift-wrapped opportunity to shine

Alberta’s decision to ban private blood plasma clinics from operating in the province has gift-wrapped an amazing opportunity for the union movement to shine in a totally altruistic manner. Anti-private and unionized anything is part of the NDP’s health care DNA, so it’s not surprising Alberta has

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Where are the volunteer blood donors?

The Edmonton Journal published  this letter March 17, 2017. Is the Alberta government’s decision to ban private blood-plasma facilities, and the Journal’s support for it, based on medical evidence? Political ideology? The anti-privatization agenda of Health Minister Sarah Hoffman? A “thank you” to unions? Hoffman and the

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BC blood plasma bill underscores NDP’s anti-private DNA

A second letter-to-the-editor the Vancouver Sun has chosen not to publish: Anti-private, non-unionized anything in health care is part of the NDP’s DNA. So, NDP health critic Judy Darcy’s opposition to ban private blood plasma clinics in BC is predictable. It’s also farcical given that 80% of

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BC govt lawyers provide fodder for Monty Python & Yes, Minister

In the saga of BC orthopode Dr. Brian Day’s lawsuit, the behavior of British Columbia government lawyers could be prime fodder for the popular British satirical troupe, Monty Python, and for the British political satire, Yes, Minister. The government’s lawyers are trying to prevent BC Health Minister

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Unsustainable Medicare needs retooling

Here is our letter-to-the-editor the Toronto Star published February 22, 2017 Premier Kathleen Wynne has a peculiar definition of sustainability of Ontario’s health-care system. It’s a “gimme, gimme” rant for Ottawa to increase federal funding by 5.2 per cent annually while the province theoretically limits growth to

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Will the fax machine survive the new rules for patient referrals?

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Benefits, not just costs of drugs, need to be considered: BioAlberta

Canadians for Sustainable Medicare, Your Voice for Patient Choice™, has identified innovation as a key element to improve and modernize the Canadian health care system for the 21st century. Simply stated, “It’s time to value and encourage the innovations and contributions that the private sector can bring.”

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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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