What is Happening

Medicare isn’t free. Costs average family of four $11,735 + costs of waiting for care

Medicare isn’t free, the Fraser Institute reminds us in its 2015 annual report. “In 2015, the average Canadian family of four with earnings of $119,082 paid the equivalent of $11,735 in taxes for public health care insurance.” In addition, Canadians “incurred $1.2 billion in lost income and productivity due

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2 of 3 Canadians concerned Canada’s health care system falling behind other countries

Health care [37%] is nuzzling unemployment and jobs [38%] as the top concern of Canadians with 64% worried that our health care system, i.e., Medicare, is falling behind other countries, according to an Ipsos survey June 6, 2016 survey, released at the National Health Leadership Conference [NHLC], the

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Quebec ER wait times worst in Western world

Quebec has the worst emergency room [ER] wait times in the Western world, according to a report released by Robert Salois, Quebec’s health and welfare commissioner [Canadian Press June 2, 2016]. http://yhoo.it/1U3RY4S The report found 35% of Quebec patients must wait five hours or more for care, compared

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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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Liberal Leader Dr. Swann makes another plea for public health

“A healthy society” is one of the four values of Canadians for Sustainable Medicare. Therefore, it was encouraging to hear interim Liberal Leader Dr. David Swann make yet another plea for resources into health promotion and disease prevention when the Committee on Families and Communities reviewed the

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How many USA doctors really want Canadian Medicare?

In defending Canada’s Medicare monopoly, its advocates do not like to talk about patient care — wait lists, wait times, rationing, lack of patient choice, sustainability of the system, Medicare’s dismal performance compared with other major industrialized countries, and, in some instances, patients’ failure to receive care.

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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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Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative uses private clinics to reduce wait times

Saskatchewan has gone from having the longest wait times for medically necessary surgeries to the shortest in Canada  finds a new study by Professor Janice MacKinnon, former Saskatchewan Finance Minister (1993 – 1997) and published April 26, 2016, by the Fraser Institute. http://bit.ly/24hqZHq Success of the Saskatchewan Surgical

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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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