Beware compulsory vaccinations

Canadians are in greater need of immunity from undue government intrusion than they are from any disease

Beware compulsory vaccinationsNew Brunswick’s attempt to remove vaccine exemptions has sparked a political, ethical and constitutional controversy. The benefits of the legislation were marginal at best, but the heavy-handed tactics used to try to implement it were even worse. Citizens beware. “Stop the hysteria over measles outbreaks,” wrote infectious-diseases specialist Neil Rau and former Ontario chief medical…

Mapping the route to more effective health care

To improve value and spur innovation, we need to change the way we pay for health care by encouraging those providers who experiment and innovate

Mapping the route to more effective health careHealth care costs the public sector about $160 billion a year in Canada, a higher per-capita cost than most industrialized nations. Yet Canadians are not markedly healthier, nor do we receive better care. The Commonwealth Fund has ranked Canada 10th out of 11 developed nations for the efficiency of our health-care system (only the United States…

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 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 services), the tax system, and the government’s fiscal…