Commentaries, Healthcare Costs and Spending

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The-never-ending-saga-of-medical-user-fees-in-Quebec The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec
By Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

On January 26, the Quebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect, bringing the province in line with federal legislation outlined in the Canada Health Act (CHA).

Private dental care fails millions in Ontario Private dental care fails millions in Ontario
By Jacquie Maund and Hazel Stewart

April is oral health month in Canada. Ads remind us to book an appointment with our dentist for a regular dental exam and to get our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. But in Canada’s private dental care system, you have to pay to access both of these oral health services.

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

There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky.

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.

What medicines do we really need in Canada? What medicines do we really need in Canada?
By Nav Persaud

Surveys and polls often show Canadians are proud of our universal health system, which provides publicly funded care for doctor and hospital services. Canadians don’t have to worry about filing for bankruptcy to get care for themselves or their families when they need it.

Closing the 17-year gap between scientific evidence and patient care Closing the 17-year gap between scientific evidence and patient care
By Daniel Niven

Canada has a mismatch between the world class quality of research we produce on health every year and how that research is implemented into our healthcare system.

It’s time to move health research out of the academy and into the community It’s time to move health research out of the academy and into the community
By Adalsteinn Brown and Stephen Bornstein

Canada has a mismatch between the world class quality of research we produce on health every year and how that research is implemented into our healthcare system.

Why workers over 65 years of age should be entitled to employer health plans too Why workers over 65 years of age should be entitled to employer health plans too
By John Have and Robert L. Brown

Imagine having your private health insurance — dental, vision, prescription drug, life, travel and disability coverage — suddenly terminated by your employer at age 65 while you’re still working for them, and just when you may really need it.

One in six Ontarians left behind in healthcare reforms
By Tara Kiran

Primary care is considered the front door to our health care system. Whether you’re going for a general check-up or have just been diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor makes sure you get the tests, treatment and care you need.


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