Nova Scotia rationing primary health care

Nova Scotia Health Authority insists on deciding who will have primary-care physicians and who will not, leaving seniors and expecting parents in the lurch

Nova Scotia rationing primary health careCanadian seniors are a privileged group. The Conference Board of Canada reports that life expectancy today is 10 years longer than in 1961. And the average Canadian can expect to live three years longer than the average American. According to The Milbank Quarterly, people with better access to primary care have better health and live longer…

Medicare crippled when government doesn’t treat us all as equals

Canadian health care violates human rights when governments cause limited or delayed access to primary and specialist care

Medicare crippled when government doesn’t treat us all as equalsGovernment administration has created unhealthy inequity in the delivery of health care. An editorial in the Nov. 1 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal recognizes, as have the Quebec courts, that Canadian health care violates human rights when governments cause limited or delayed access to primary and specialist care. In Nova Scotia, medicare is evolving…

Don’t gamble with your health care

Follow these six steps and become an active participant in your own health care

Don’t gamble with your health careMedical treatments are usually helpful, but sometimes they can be harmful or a waste of time and money. Consequently, following medical advice represents a gamble, with doctor and patient betting that tests and treatments are more likely to help than harm. The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health…

Health care insurance should focus on covering costly treatments

People who can afford it should be encouraged to pay some of the costs of their own inexpensive care

Health care insurance should focus on covering costly treatmentsFor the sake of those suffering and in need of very expensive drugs and treatments, health care in Canada should adopt a stricter insurance model, like that of automobile insurance. Insurance is designed to protect people from ruinous financial loss. In most insurance schemes, a very small number of people receive major financial compensation, a…