Trudeau government needs to start enforcing Canada Health Act

Violations of the Canada Health Act are on the rise across the country and undermine the universality of medicare

Trudeau government needs to start enforcing Canada Health ActBy Ryan Meili Contributor Troy Media Extra-billing in Ontario, private MRIs in Saskatchewan and user fees in Quebec: violations of the Canada Health Act are on the rise across the country. Canadian doctors are concerned about this trend's impact on patients and on our public health-care system. Health Canada publishes an annual report detailing how provincial and…

Moving Canada toward a true health care accord

Health minister Jane Philpott has an opportunity to improve the health care system. But will she take it?

Moving Canada toward a true health care accordThis week Canada's Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, will meet with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver. This is no ordinary get-together. In his mandate letter to the Minister, Prime Minister Trudeau tasked Philpott with "engaging provinces and territories in the development of a new, multi-year Health Accord with long-term funding agreement." This…

Young students with diabetes should get equal treatment

A supportive school environment is critically important for keeping children with diabetes safe and healthy

Young students with diabetes should get equal treatmentFor parents of kids with diabetes, the beginning of each new school year brings not only the usual preparations, but also fears for their child’s health and safety. This is especially true if their school or school district does not have a policy to ensure staff are knowledgeable about diabetes, know how to prevent emergencies,…

How to make the social determinants of health matter

An interview with public health pioneer Sir Michael Marmot

How to make the social determinants of health matterRecently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and World Medical Associations and had, among other goals, an agenda to assist public health…

Growing inequality poses a health risk to all of us

Addressing the upstream determinants of health can improve both the economy and the wellbeing of Canadians

Growing inequality poses a health risk to all of usCertain Canadian commentators are advancing a strange critique of public health, suggesting that physicians and public health experts, charged with caring for the health of Canadians, should not concern themselves with the root causes of illness and stick to a narrow range of health interventions. Fortunately, Canadian health experts have a broader and more complete…