What is Happening

NHS “junior” doctors strike cancels 125,000 services

More than 125,000 appointments and operations were cancelled and will need to be rearranged as thousands of junior doctors — those with up to 10 years of experience — posted picket lines outside hospitals around England, according to a Canadian Press Story dated April 26, 2016. http://bit.ly/239L1RP The two-day

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Almost 275 Quebec MDs opt out of Medicare

Almost 275 Quebec physicians have  opted out of the province’s public health care system, according to an annual report released March 16, 2016, by the province’s medical insurance board, the RAMQ, the Canadian HealthCare Network [CHN] reported April 15, 2016.  http://bit.ly/1WbgpyZ The list contains the names and

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Prevent chronic diseases & injuries = Save $$$ & increase productivity

One problem: the high costs of chronic diseases and injuries. Two views on addressing it: public sector or private sector. Public Sector Because chronic diseases and injuries represent 90% “of the health-care burden,” the provincial government should double “its investment in chronic disease and injury prevention” to

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Camels dancing on the head of the Medicare budget

To nobody’s surprise, the Alberta NDP government’s first budget and its Speech from the Throne contained the obligatory paeans to publicly funded health care, i.e., Medicare. “I want to be clear,” Finance Minister Joe Ceci declared April 14. “Public health care is a sacred trust shared by

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Yes, Minister comes to Ontario’s health care system

Our goal is to ensure that patients get the care they need no matter who they are, and that the local health-care system is there for them no matter where they live, as we continue to improve one of the best systems in the world—one that truly

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Medicare’s mid-life crisis: an extraordinary video

In an extraordinary video April 12, 2016, , supported by text, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute [MLI] focuses on international health care systems from which Canada can learn. http://bit.ly/1Msc6xy It is highlighted with comments from Janice Mackinnon, Saskatchewan’s former Minister of Finance when it became the first province [before Alberta

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Waiting for health care cost Canadians more than $1 billion in 2015

Long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians a combined $1.17 billion—or $1,304 per patient—in 2015, finds a new study released April 12, 2016, by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/private-cost-of-public-queues-for-medically-necessary-care-2016.pdf The study, The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary

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Perpetuating the myth of the Medicare monopoly

  In an April 3, 2016 Toronto Star column, Thomas Walkom claims Canadians regard “universal public health insurance,” i.e., Medicare, to be “an unalloyed asset.” According to The New Oxford Dictionary, the definition of unalloyed is “not alloyed; pure.” http://on.thestar.com/1PUZd9N If so, why do only 60% of Ontarians

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Manitobans suffer as province fails to meet target for cataract surgery

Manitoba seniors waiting for cataract surgery must feel like a child waiting for Christmas: How long will it be until I can see properly? According to a Canadian Press story April 1, 2016, “Many people in the province face long waits for the procedure as the number

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Nurses oppose SK govt’s plan for timely access

Not surprisingly, unions and supporters of the Medicare monopoly are opposed to Saskatchewan’s intention to improve access to both MRI and CT scans through the private sector. Opponents include the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, the Canadian Health Coalition, and Canadian Doctors for Medicare. http://bit.ly/25nGtv5 In an article in

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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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