Economics

British Columbia’s failed healthcare experiment

British Columbia’s failed healthcare experiment

Our first point of contact with the health system — often referred to as ‘primary care’ — should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the system when we need more specialized care.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever – but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever – but is that good news?

The recent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending.

Early interventions require a new means of social investment

Early interventions require a new means of social investment

Investing in social programs improves social conditions and, as a consequence, improves people’s lives. That’s fairly obvious. What hasn’t always been as obvious, however, is that such social spending doesn’t tend to come at the cost of economic growth.

Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity

Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity

Everyone deserves to live a long life in full health, but not everyone is so fortunate. Some individuals and groups are more at risk of falling ill, becoming severely ill or disabled or dying prematurely (that is, before the average expected life span).

‘Burden of disease’: What it means and why it matters

‘Burden of disease’: What it means and why it matters

In a world affected by numerous diseases, disabilities and illnesses, how do governments, health care providers, media or the general public decide which ones are most important?

Health reform in Ontario must include oral health

Health reform in Ontario must include oral health

The Ontario government’s proposed reform of the provincial health care system is going forward with a glaring omission: primary mouth care.

Why American doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare

Why American doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare

In a dramatic show of physician support for deep health care reform in the U.S, more than 2,200 physician leaders have signed a “Physician’s Proposal” calling for sweeping change.

Implementing a basic income in Canada to improve health and reduce poverty

Implementing a basic income in Canada to improve health and reduce poverty

A version of this podcast appeared in Basic Income Earth Network and the Huffington Post Offering a guaranteed annual income to reduce poverty and improve health is not a new idea in Canada, but it is once again on the political radar. Dr. Evelyn Forget and Dr. Danielle Martin explain why Canada should consider implementing […]

It’s time to think even bigger about national pharmacare

It’s time to think even bigger about national pharmacare

Recently federal and provincial health ministers agreed to create a working group to explore how to improve Canadians’ access to pharmaceutical drugs. In the wake of this, there is new optimism that pharmacare, publicly funded and universally available to Canadians, might one day come to pass.

These ten medical expenses could give you a tax break

These ten medical expenses could give you a tax break

As Canadians we like to take pride in our publicly funded healthcare system, but the truth is many of us — especially those with or caring for someone with disabilities or chronic conditions — pay out of pocket for a wide range of essential health services.