Commentaries, Healthcare Costs and Spending

Our expert advisors have written opinion pieces on important health policy topics, published in leading media outlets across the country. We are making these articles available to everyone, free of charge, with a Creative Commons license, so that you may use them in your publication or on your website. See also our Commentaries in French.

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High rates of emergency and police services signal many adults and adolescents with autism in Canada are in crisis High rates of emergency and police services signal many adults and adolescents with autism in Canada are in crisis
By Yona Lunsky and Jonathan A. Weiss
Homelessness costs Canadians big money without addressing the causes Homelessness costs Canadians big money without addressing the causes
By Jino Distasio
What the Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ plan could spur in Canada What the Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ plan could spur in Canada
By Andrew Boozary and Danielle Martin
The opioid crisis is a population health issue
By Gabriela Novotna and Tom McIntosh
Most Albertans skip dental visits because the price is too high — and they aren’t alone
By Lorian Hardcastle
t is time to talk about the overuse of antipsychotics among adults with developmental disabilities It is time to talk about the overuse of antipsychotics among adults with developmental disabilities
By Yona Lunsky and Tara Gomes
For colon cancer, the best screening test is likely the one you’re willing to do For colon cancer, the best screening test is likely the one you’re willing to do
By Tara Kiran
The federal government denies the Disability Tax Credit to those who need it – and are eligible by law The federal government denies the Disability Tax Credit to those who need it – and are eligible by law
By John Adams
Want an innovative economy? Fund research Want an innovative economy? Fund research
By Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert
NAFTA re-negotiations may threaten Canada’s steps toward universal pharmacare NAFTA re-negotiations may threaten Canada’s steps toward universal pharmacare
By Ruth Lopert and Steve Morgan

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