The consequences of the doctor shortage in Canada are grim

The evidence is overwhelming: Canada needs more doctors

The consequences of the doctor shortage in Canada are grimThe coronavirus pandemic has accomplished what a multitude of government reports could not – that is, to draw Canadians’ attention to a faltering health-care system characterized by a chronic shortage of beds, overflowing emergency departments, and limited numbers of surgical personnel and operating suites. The flaws have been there for decades, but willful blindness on…

Why Canada can’t reform its ailing health care system

Government, medical professionals, and public-sector unions each hold veto power over any innovation

Why Canada can’t reform its ailing health care systemThe Honorable Monique Begin wrote in 2009, “When it comes to moving health care practices forward efficiently, Canada is a country of perpetual pilot projects.” Governments need “financial control” and remain “leery” of committing to programs. Pilot programs are easy to shut down “to avoid criticism” or if “budget priorities shift.” At first glance, we…

Helping transgender people see themselves in the health-care system

How medical students are learning to provide safer, more inclusive care for all

Helping transgender people see themselves in the health-care system“The most important way of reducing discrimination is to see yourself in your health-care system.” That’s how LGBTQ health activist Marni Panas summed up what transgender visibility means to her in episode 47 of The Re:Pro Health Podcast, a show about sexual and reproductive health produced by medical students at the University of Alberta. Panas, 50,…

Patient care is too important to suffer under central planning

Canada rations care with wait times, limited investment in technology, and by using family doctors as “gatekeepers” to service

Patient care is too important to suffer under central planningDoctors frustrate governments. They think too little about how much health care costs and too much about their patients who need help. The government of Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association arrived at a mediated Proposed Physicians Services Agreement (PPSA) this month. Doctors started to vote on it yesterday, with voting ending on March 27.…

A recipe for successful health care reform

Dragging Quebec’s health care system into the 21st century

A recipe for successful health care reformCalls for substantial health care reform have been ringing across the province of Quebec. It’s time to answer those calls and transform our monopolistic health care system into a mixed, universal system that embraces the value of parallel resources to improve both access and quality of care for patients. The good news is these solutions…

Canadians are fed up with ineffectual leadership

We all want a return to normality but that cannot hold true for our archaic health care system

Canadians are fed up with ineffectual leadershipApparently, Canadians have a limit to the amount of unnecessary discomfort and ineffectual leadership they will suffer through. Polls, demonstrations, and now a convoy of truckers blocking streets in downtown Ottawa show that Canadians are fed up. Canadians want their society to go back to the pre-COVID norms. But while that may be true of…

Patient focused health care requires new funding model

Canadian health care delivery system is an unsustainable, failed system

Patient focused health care requires new funding modelOver the last 25 years, I have been involved in Manitoba’s health care delivery. I have served as Chair of the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors, thus observing the roles of its medical school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Manitoba Department of Health. Furthermore, I have served as Chair of the…

Better lifestyle choices will help repair our health-care system

Throwing more money into the existing system won't work

Better lifestyle choices will help repair our health-care systemCanada’s medical system is one of the defining benefits of living in this country, but we have learned from the pandemic that our medicare is nowhere near as strong and resilient as we might wish. Waiting lists have long been an indicator that the capacity of our clinics and hospitals was insufficient to meet our…

Time to cure what ails Canada’s health-care systems

Health reform has been talked about enough

Time to cure what ails Canada’s health-care systemsThe need to reform Canada’s health-care systems has long been a hot topic of debate. After all, Canada is an easy target: It has one of the highest price tags among countries with universal health systems in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, but its performance has lagged for years. The effect of the…

Canada’s health system repeatedly fails to measure up

Numerous studies prove that Canada’s health-care system is inferior to similar systems in almost every way

Canada’s health system repeatedly fails to measure upAs we enter the year 2022, most Canadians will have lived their entire lives under the shibboleth that says we have the best health-care system in the world. Our beloved medicare is universal in scope, free of charge and offers equal access to all. What country could beat that? As it turns out, most countries…
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