What is Happening

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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Where would Medicare be without private funding and the generosity of Albertans?

STARS, Alberta’s lauded air ambulance and emergency medical transport service, is currently in its annual fund-raising campaign. Its 2017 lottery offers more than $4.9 million in prizes, with a goal of raising $11 million. That’s about one-third of STARS’ annual budget of $30 million. On a  regular

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Interest payments on government debt siphon $$$ away from health care

A new study again calls into question the sustainability of Canada’s health care system as interest payments on government debt siphon money away from programs and services important for the health of the country, not only Medicare itself but also other elements such as social services and

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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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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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“Plain brown envelope” + a press club anthem

A plain brown envelope with highly sensitive and embarrassing contents that will disgrace a politician by exposing malfeasance or egregious behaviour by the powerful is mostly the stuff of journalistic fiction and conspiracy theories concocted at the press club where alcohol is the fuel of braggadocio. [Bonus

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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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What should Medicare pay for: Infant formula? Parking fees?

Letter to the editor. Edmonton Journal. Published October 21, 2016. What would you do as health minister? Re. “Parking hard nut to crack,” Editorial, Oct. 16 Kermit the Frog made famous, “It’s not easy being green.” Nor is it easy being Alberta’s minister of health. The annual hikes in

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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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@ $4,800 per Albertan, Medicare isn’t free. Could become unsustainable, says Health Minister Sarah Hoffman

In 2036 — a mere two decades from now! — Alberta could be spending 60% of its budget on Medicare, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman cautioned delegates in a keynote address February 8, 2016, to a forum on “Physicians as Stewards of Resources.” Today it’s “a significant portion of

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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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