Navigating health and social system a challenge to caregivers

The time it takes caregivers to navigate medical and social care systems may surprise many health policy analysts, but not caregivers

Navigating health and social system a challenge to caregiversBy Amélie Quesnel-Vallée McGill University and Miles Taylor Florida State University The Canadian population is aging. For the first time, Canadians 65 years and over outnumber those 14 years and under. To face this major demographic change head on, we need to adapt. In particular, to meet the preferences of the great majority of Canadians who want…

Quebec’s health-care privatization a lesson for the whole nation

But much still hinges on the outcome of the ongoing court case in B.C.

Quebec’s health-care privatization a lesson for the whole nationAsk a random Canadian if our health system looks more like that of the United States or the United Kingdom. Chances are, most will respond that our system is nothing like the U.S. – which is largely paid for privately – and every bit like the U.K., which has publicly-funded health care. The reality is…

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec

The new ban on user fees is a step forward, but much uncertainty remains about how the province will ensure quality care for everyone

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in QuebecQuebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect on Jan. 26, bringing the province in line with the Canada Health Act. According to the act, money from Ottawa for provincial health services is conditional on the provinces upholding a ban on user fees for publicly-insured, medically-necessary procedures. Provinces that fail to act on user…