Before implementing national pharmacare, look at what provinces already offer

Instead of using scarce health-care dollars broadly, we should identify and support those Canadians falling through the cracks

Before implementing national pharmacare, look at what provinces already offerModern medicines can improve health outcomes and quality of life for those stricken with illness. As a result, policy-makers and ordinary Canadians are understandably concerned about patient access, affordability and insurance coverage for prescrip­tion drugs. However, recent calls for a national pharmacare program would have many believe that Canadians without private drug insurance – about…

Average workers will ultimately pay B.C.’s new payroll tax

Health tax will reduce wages and job opportunities, and further erode the province’s investment climate

Average workers will ultimately pay B.C.’s new payroll taxBy Charles Lammam and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute B.C. Finance Minister Carole James called Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums “unfair” and argued in a news release that her government’s replacement Employer Health Tax (EHT) is a “much fairer and progressive approach.” More broadly, Premier John Horgan government’s rhetoric about the new tax suggests it…

Ottawa’s rules make health care worse

We’ve seen decades of policy paralysis, with provinces constantly under threat of penalty for exploring policy options

Ottawa’s rules make health care worseBy Bacchus Barua and Nadeem Esmail The Fraser Institute What makes health care in our country uniquely Canadian? It’s certainly not the goal to ensure universal access to care regardless of ability to pay. That goal is shared by at least 28 other high-income countries around the world. It’s certainly not that our universal health-care…

Private care is an essential part of an effective health system

We should stop demonizing private clinics – and the patients who need them – and recognize that they're part of the solution

Private care is an essential part of an effective health systemLast month, on the heels of a new threat from the British Columbia government to fine doctors who accept private payment for treatment already covered by the government-run health-care system, a trial – initiated more than seven years ago by a private Vancouver clinic led by Dr. Brian Day – resumed. Day, a former head…

Seniors migration costs B.C. $7.2 billion in health-care expenses

Migrating seniors are likely to have paid most of their lifetime taxes in one province while consuming most of their health care in another

Seniors migration costs B.C. $7.2 billion in health-care expensesBy Ashley Stedman and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute An imbalance in health-care funding caused by the migration of seniors is penalizing British Columbia’s taxpayers. Canada’s health-care system has lots of problems, including its comparatively high cost, long wait times and middling performance among universal health-care countries. One largely overlooked problem is how Canada’s financing…

In defence of a health system that offers timely care

A trial now underway in B.C. exposes a system that puts principle ahead of care, leaving far too many on dangerously-long waiting lists

In defence of a health system that offers timely careCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The health care trial of a generation has started in Vancouver. Four private plaintiffs are joined by Dr. Brian Day of the Cambie Surgical Centre in a constitutional challenge of British Columbia's laws. If they are successful, B.C. residents will be freed from suffering and languishing on ever-growing public health-care…

British Columbia’s failed primary care experiment

Paying doctors more did not improve primary care – and cost the province hundreds of millions of dollars

British Columbia’s failed primary care experimentBy Ruth Lavergne and Kimberlyn McGrail EvidenceNetwork.ca VANCOUVER, B.C. Aug. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If things are working properly, our first point of contact with the health system – often referred to as ‘primary care’ – should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the…

Future of Canadian healthcare system at a crossroads

Doctors of BC election for president a battle between which values – profit or public good – will guide the profession

Future of Canadian healthcare system at a crossroadsDownload this column for your publication or website. FREE By Vanessa Brcic Family physician and Ryan Meili Expert Advisor EvidenceNetwork.ca VANCOUVER, BC, and SASKATOON, SK Jun 18, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Normally provincial medical association elections are not national news. The one vote difference between first and second place in the race for president of…

BC needs to fully embrace private sector healthcare delivery

The government monopoly is clearly failing British Columbians

BC needs to fully embrace private sector healthcare deliveryDownload this column for your publication or website. FREE VANCOUVER, BC Jun 16, 2015/ Troy Media/ - British Columbia’s health ministry recently announced it will invest $10 million to increase surgical capacity, with an eye on reducing wait times. Part of the plan involves contracting some surgeries out to private clinics, which now become temporary…