Canada’s health-care wait times worst in developed world

To retain the promise of universal health care that Canadians cherish, we must change the way we attempt to deliver it

Canada’s health-care wait times worst in developed worldWhether you ask physicians or patients, the answer is the same – Canada is failing to provide timely access to medical care. The U.S.-based Commonwealth Fund, in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Health Information, just published the results of their health policy survey of adults in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand,…

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever

But we don’t have ways to evaluate whether increasing the specialist workforce is always the best investment of our health-care dollars

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than everRecent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending. As important and trusted gatekeepers to the health-care system, physicians are nevertheless a crucial component of health costs, as the total number of physicians, the volume of health services they provide and the cost per…

Frailty a better gauge for health-care funding

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model – and consider the precise and evidence-based concept of frailty instead

Frailty a better gauge for health-care fundingBy John Muscedere Canadian Frailty Network and Samir Sinha National Institute on Aging Canada's per capita health funding formula fails to address the clear and growing need created by our frail population. When the previous Health Accord expired in 2014, the Conservative government unilaterally established a new funding model for federal health transfer payments to…

More money for health care is not the answer

Any new accord needs to address particular regional concerns with a distinct contract between Ottawa and each province

More money for health care is not the answerIn the Speech from the Throne and since, the Trudeau government has clearly said it is ready to re-engage with the provinces and territories on health care. This is a welcome development, especially after the Harper government’s unwillingness to provide any leadership or even play a secondary role in health care reform. But even though…

What should be covered by our health care system?

Canada's free-for-all style of health care is totally unsustainable on the public purse, so choices are going to have to start being made

What should be covered by our health care system?All across Canada, provincial governments are grappling with ever growing health care demands in the face of shrinking resources. Our enviable publicly funded health system is now well into a downward spiral of unenviable disrepair. As patients are becoming more knowledgeable about their own care, and as doctors develop a wider array of options available…

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 CanadaBy Bacchus Barua and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute The notion of “free health care” seems to have gained cult-like status in Canada. This is perplexing given that provincial/territorial government spending on health care (including federal transfers) accounted for 7.1 per cent ($141 billion) of the Canadian economy in 2014. And yet, time and again,…
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