What is Happening

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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Weeping mother testifies about Medicare’s failing her son

The “weeping, sorrow-racked mien” of the mother of a  20-year-old paraplegic has put a “human face” onto a BC trial about the constitutionality Canada’s publicly funded health-care system, i.e., Medicare, writes Ian Mulgrew of the Vancouver Sun. [October 5, 2016]  Walid Khalfallah, 20, became a hunchback when he

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Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s new video on Medicare’s mid-life crisis

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has just released the last of four videos on “Medicare’s mid-life crisis.” The institute’s admonition that bureaucrats should “stop thinking they can run something as complex as the health-care system” reminded me of a poster that a colleague had in his office: At 3

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Real danger is if Dr. Day is not allowed to proceed

Published in the Calgary Herald September 8, 2016 Canada falling behind on health care Re: “Ensuring a quality health-care system” Sept. 6. In his letter, Ralph Coombs besmirches the reputation of Dr. Brian Day for being a proponent of private health care. Coombs alleges “danger to fairness,

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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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Dr. Brian Day and his court case for the ages

Chicken Little and her flock — who want to preserve Canada’s over-priced, mediocre health-care system known as Medicare  — are again in full vocal rhapsody, “The sky is falling. The sky is falling.” Outside a B.C. courthouse yesterday, a handful chanted and displayed “greed” placards.The catalyst for their

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If Medicare won’t provide it, shouldn’t a service be private?

A 13.5% increase in non-urgent MRI scans since January has been singled out as Alberta Health Services [AHS] investigates a 20% increase in average wait times for MRI scans in Calgary over the past year. http://bit.ly/2bl0z2m On August 15, 2016, the Calgary Herald reported: “That’s led Alberta Health

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Medicare not sustainable, & less universal than we think

“Medicare can be properly characterized as a mile deep and inch wide,” according to a new report published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute [“Toward a more fair medicare: Why Canadian health care isn’t equitable or sustainable and how it can be” July 2016 Sean Speer & Ian Lee]

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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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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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