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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Pharmacare for kids Pharmacare for kids
By Avram Denburg and Wendy Ungar
What is going on with (North) American health care? What does Trump’s agenda mean for Canadian health care?
By Danielle Martin and Sandro Galea
Four reasons Canada needs universal pharmacare and what Canadians can do to make it happen now Four reasons Canada needs universal pharmacare and what Canadians can do to make it happen now
By Steve Morgan
Private dental care fails millions in Ontario Private dental care fails millions in Ontario
By Jacquie Maund and Hazel Stewart
Free medicines for rich kids is actually a fair and efficient policy Free medicines for rich kids is actually a fair and efficient policy
By Marc-André Gagnon
What Canada can learn from Australia on health care What Canada can learn from Australia on health care
By Stephen Duckett
The-never-ending-saga-of-medical-user-fees-in-Quebec The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec
By Amélie Quesnel-Vallée
Four-ways-you-could-save-money-on-your-prescription-medications Four ways you could save money on your prescription medications
By Kathleen O'Grady

As Canadians, we are proud of our universal healthcare system, which provides publicly-funded essential doctor and hospital care based on need and not ability to pay. Unfortunately, our health system falls short when it comes to prescription medication.

There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky
By Danielle Martin
When it comes to health care funding in Canada, we should stop living in the past When it comes to health care funding in Canada, we should stop living in the past
By Gregory Marchildon and Raisa Deber

How much should the federal government pay towards health care costs? Hardly a week goes by without this thorny issue being disputed between federal and provincial governments.


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