Quebec’s universal prescription drug program offers valuable lessons

Public coverage in Quebec is not only more generous, but drug approval is more timely than anywhere else in the country

Quebec’s universal prescription drug program offers valuable lessonsAs the Oct. 21 election looms, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems poised to make pharmacare a central issue of the campaign. In June, the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, led by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, tabled a report proposing a single-payer government-run universal drug plan in Canada.…

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…

Medically assisted dying cases need stronger review to safeguard us all

The act of ending the life of another person raises fundamental questions of human dignity and rights

Medically assisted dying cases need stronger review to safeguard us allIn the early days of Canada’s public conversation about medical assistance in dying (MAID), Dr. Jeff Blackmer, then vice-president of the Canadian Medical Association, expressed the gravitas of the policy choices that lay ahead as “no less than a sea change” to the ethos and culture of the medical profession. That was in 2016, after…

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec

The new ban on user fees is a step forward, but much uncertainty remains about how the province will ensure quality care for everyone

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in QuebecQuebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect on Jan. 26, bringing the province in line with the Canada Health Act. According to the act, money from Ottawa for provincial health services is conditional on the provinces upholding a ban on user fees for publicly-insured, medically-necessary procedures. Provinces that fail to act on user…

Quebec thumbs its nose at Supreme Court

Quebec doesn't feel legally bound by Canada's separation of powers regarding criminal law

Quebec thumbs its nose at Supreme Court//  supreme court, quebec  supreme court, quebec [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/01/quebec-thumbs-its-nose-at-supreme-court/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on assisted [popup url="http://www.troymedia.com/tag/health-suicide/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]suicide[/popup] and [popup url="http://www.troymedia.com/tag/eye-on-quebec/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Quebec[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] HAMILTON, Ont. Jan 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - An early surprise of 2016 has to be the failure of…

Academics raise alarm over shoddy HPV ‘research’

Quebec academics urged to apologise to Quebecers for frightening the public without justification

Academics raise alarm over shoddy HPV ‘research’Download this column on the HPV vaccine Terms and Conditions of use Editor's note: The following is a condemnation by a group of academics (whose names can be found at the bottom) of statements made by three Quebec academics denying that HPV is the root cause of cervical cancer.  CALGARY, Alta. Nov 16, 2015/ Troy Media/…

Health care under attack in Quebec

Why the Trudeau government must act now to save health care in Quebec

Health care under attack in QuebecDownload this column on health care Terms and Conditions of use By Astrid Brousselle Professor Université de Sherbrooke and Damien Contandriopoulos Professor University of Montreal MONTREAL, Que. Nov 13, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The people of Quebec will only benefit from a universal, free and comprehensive health-care system if there is strong and swift intervention by the federal government. Otherwise, Quebec…

Quebec introduces health care user fees through back door

A threat to the Canadian health system

Quebec introduces health care user fees through back doorBy Ryan Meili Family physician and Danielle Martin Women’s College Hospital With a federal campaign in full force grabbing the majority of the headlines, a significant threat to Canada’s most treasured national program is going largely unnoticed. For many years, certain physicians and clinics have quietly been charging extra fees for health services. In some…

Quebec’s prescription drug plan no cure-all for rest of Canada

It won’t work for Canada because it no longer works for Quebec

Quebec’s prescription drug plan no cure-all for rest of CanadaEight provincial health ministers recently organized a roundtable with healthcare professionals and academic experts to discuss how we should transform drug coverage in Canada, with several of them eventually calling for a national pharmacare program. But the question is, what kind? Some of the suggested reforms were based on international best practices, which overwhelmingly emphasize…