How to provide consistent health care to all Canadians

We all must have access to high-quality health care. Unjustifiable variations are still too common across the country

How to provide consistent health care to all CanadiansBy P.G. Forest University of Calgary and Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital Canadian medicare would not exist without the actions of the federal government. But in recent years, there’s been an atrophy of the imagination about Ottawa’s role in health policy, as if federal transfer payments to the provinces and territories were the beginning and…

What Trump’s agenda means for Canadian health care

Without provisions strengthening health care under NAFTA, U.S. companies could claim the right to a Canadian private health-care market

What Trump’s agenda means for Canadian health careBy Danielle Martin Women's College Hospital and Sandro Galea Boston University Americans face a growing threat to their health. And it could have a negative impact in Canada. The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If the bill becomes law, it could leave millions in the U.S. without…

Canada’s health-care system, crucial to our nation, needs help

Our health system is about values that define our society, helping the most vulnerable and placing well-being above wealth

Canada’s health-care system, crucial to our nation, needs helpThere’s nothing like an American health-care debate to make Canadians feel lucky. Donald Trump's first act as president was to sign an executive order taking the first step to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With the stroke of a pen, 20 million Americans may soon find themselves without health insurance. Not that long ago, many Canadians…

What we can learn from a Basic Income Guarantee pilot

Improving health may be one of the most important outcomes

What we can learn from a Basic Income Guarantee pilotThe Basic Income Guarantee is having a moment. Hot on the heels of Quebec’s plans to work towards a basic income guarantee and a Globe and Mail Editorial Board endorsement came an announcement last week of a pilot as part of Ontario’s provincial budget. On that very day, Senator Art Eggleton in Ottawa tabled a…

Quebec introduces health care user fees through back door

A threat to the Canadian health system

Quebec introduces health care user fees through back doorBy Ryan Meili Family physician and Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital With a federal campaign in full force grabbing the majority of the headlines, a significant threat to Canada’s most treasured national program is going largely unnoticed. For many years, certain physicians and clinics have quietly been charging extra fees for health services. In some…

Basic income just what the doctor ordered

Time to start prescribing healthy incomes

Basic income just what the doctor orderedBy Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital Institute and Ryan Meili Family Physician What makes people sick? Infectious agents like bacteria and viruses and personal factors like smoking, eating poorly and living a sedentary lifestyle are factors. But none of these factors compare to the way that poverty makes us sick. Prescribing medications and lifestyle changes…

Pharmacare is good for business

Businesses need help managing the complexity and high cost of drug benefits

Pharmacare is good for businessBy Steve Morgan University of British Columbia and Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital The lack of public coverage of prescription drugs is bad for Canadian businesses, large and small. Here’s why: With the growing use and cost of prescription drugs, managing drug benefits has become much more complex and difficult for businesses to sustain. Regrettably,…

Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes

Failure, after all, is part of the process of improvement

Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakesBy Joshua Tepper St. Michael’s Hospital and Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital Forty is the new 30. Orange is the new black. And failure is the new success. It seems that, these days, no success story is complete without a failure (or two) along the way: the bankruptcy that gave birth to a successful company;…