On health-care reform, Trudeau should finish what Chretien started

If the government is serious about sparking innovation and change, it should finish the work of transfer reform begun by the Chretien Liberals

On health-care reform, Trudeau should finish what Chretien startedBy Ben Eisen Jason Clemens and Bacchus Barua The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In the 1990s, Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Liberals reduced the amount of money it sent to the provinces to help fund provincial welfare programs but, in return, gave the provinces greater freedom to design and implement…

Misinformation fuels opposition to health-care reform in Canada

The reality is that for-profit provision of health-care services is commonplace among industrialized countries with universal health care

Misinformation fuels opposition to health-care reform in CanadaBy Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ - For almost two decades, fear of a U.S.-style system has fuelled opposition to genuine reform of Canadian health care. Many of those same opposition voices are now [popup url="http://www.bchealthcoalition.ca/what-we-do/protect-medicare/case-backgound" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]protesting[/popup] the constitutional challenge to Canada’s health regulations…

If health-care innovation is key, set the provinces free

Canada ranks among the most expensive universal health-care systems but has fewer medical resources and some of the longest wait times

If health-care innovation is key, set the provinces freeBy Bacchus Barua Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – In a recent speech to the Canadian Medical Association, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott acknowledged what few politicians seem willing to recognize – that Canada’s health-care system is in desperate need of repair and more money isn’t…

Do you know how much you pay for health care?

An average family of four pays $11,494 each year. For perspective, average wait times for treatment is 18.3 weeks

Do you know how much you pay for health care?By Bacchus Barua and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Aug. 10, 2016/ Troy Media/ - An interesting quirk of Canada’s public health-care system is that no one really knows how much they pay for it. The constant reminders about health care consuming [popup url="https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/sustainability-of-health-care-spending-in-canada.pdf" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]40 per cent of provincial budgets[/popup] (on average)…

Alberta’s health-care spending is unsustainable

The provincial government has no option but to implement meaningful health-care policy reforms

Alberta’s health-care spending is unsustainableBy Bacchus Barua and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. June 13, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s no secret Alberta’s provincial government is in a [popup url="https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/how-much-how-fast-estimating-debt-accumulation-in-alberta-through-2019-20.pdf" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]fiscal hole[/popup]. Alberta is expected to run a big budget deficit this year and rack up tens of billions of dollars in debt over the next…

Health-care spending increases point to unsustainable future

Provincial governments need to start re-examining how their health-care dollars are spent or implementing meaningful health-care reform now

Health-care spending increases point to unsustainable futureBy Bacchus Barua and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. June 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Health care is the single largest budget item for every provincial government in Canada. Increases in spending on health care can therefore have a significant impact on resources available for other government programs (such as education and social…

Another reminder that Canada’s health-care system is failing patients

Patients still cannot receive timely treatment because of the confines of the government’s health-care monopoly

Another reminder that Canada’s health-care system is failing patientsVANCOUVER, B.C. April 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Shorter waits for hip-fracture repair, and eight out of 10 Canadians receiving “priority procedures” within government-defined benchmarks. Sounds pretty good, right? However, these highlights from the Canadian Institute of Healthcare Information’s (CIHI) annual update of [popup url="https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-system-performance/access-and-wait-times/wait-times-have-decreased-for-hip-fracture-repairs" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada[/popup] are little…

The death of timely health care in Canada

The current system forces Canadian patients to wait too long for medically necessary care

The death of timely health care in Canada//  health care, wait times  health care, wait times [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2015/12/the-death-of-timely-health-care-in-canada/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/category/health-lifestyle/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]health care[/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/wait-times/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]wait times[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] VANCOUVER, B.C. Dec 23, 2015/ Troy Media/ - A few days ago the Fraser Institute released…

Private health care plays important role in other countries

As other countries demonstrate, universal health care can successfully include for-profit providers

Private health care plays important role in other countriesDownload this column on health care Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO, OTTAWA, WINDSOR, WINNIPEG, CALGARY, EDMONTON, VANCOUVER OUT By Nadeem Esmail and Bacchus Barua The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Dec. 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Defenders of Canada's health system have long argued that there are only two valid policy options: we can have a universal health-care system dominated by…

There’s no such thing as “free health care” in Canada

Find out how much you are really paying

There’s no such thing as “free health care” in CanadaDownload this column on health care for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use By Bacchus Barua and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, BC Aug 21, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The notion of “free health care” seems to have gained cult-like status in Canada. This is perplexing given that provincial/territorial government…