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

One in six Ontarians left behind in healthcare reforms

One in six Ontarians left behind in healthcare reforms

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.

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.

Time to re-think health care policy for the elderly

Time to re-think health care policy for the elderly

As the Canadian population continues to age, there is a need to revisit conventional thinking regarding the provision of health care services for seniors to ensure that the system is sustainable for all Canadians. There are a number of misperceptions in current thinking.

Ambulance fees are an obstacle on the road to care

Ambulance fees are an obstacle on the road to care

Imagine you’re a physician seeing a six month old child in clinic. She has a fever and cough, she’s working hard to breathe and her oxygen levels are falling. You know she needs assessment in the emergency room and requires transportation in an ambulance in case her condition worsens en route. Her family understands the urgency of the situation, but asks, “Could we take her there in our car?”

Why Canada needs a national pharmacare program

Why Canada needs a national pharmacare program

Canada is currently the only developed country with a universal health-care system that does not include universal coverage of prescription drugs. And paradoxically is the most expensive one.

Backgrounder: Canada’s aging population and the need for changes in health care delivery

Backgrounder: Canada’s aging population and the need for changes in health care delivery

For decades, health care researchers have been writing about the implications of the aging of the demographic bulge produced by the boom-bust sequence. Despite some scare mongering commentaries in the media, there won’t be a sudden, overwhelming impact on health care costs.

BC fails to improve primary healthcare after more than a billion dollar investment

BC fails to improve primary healthcare after more than a billion dollar investment

Since 2006, British Columbia has spent more than a billion dollars to improve primary health care. So have BC patients benefited from such a massive investment? Sadly, it appears not.