By Tara Kiran access to care, colon cancer, colonoscopy, doctors, early detection, health care, Healthcare Costs and Spending, immigrants, income gaps, medical screening, Primary care, rich vs. poor
New immigrants and those from poorer neighbourhoods screened at lower rates If you live in Ontario and you’re turning 50, expect to receive a birthday letter in the mail. Not from your loved ones (though they may send one too), but from Ontario’s provincial cancer agency, Cancer Care Ontario. These birthday letters represent a paradigm […]
By Tara Kiran access to care, doctors, health care, Healthcare Costs and Spending, immigrants, incentive payments, Primary care
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.
By Ruth Lavergne and Kimberlyn McGrail access to care, BC family doctors, British-Colombia, doctors, health care, Healthcare Costs and Spending, incentive payments, Primary care
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.
By Neena Chappell and Marcus J. Hollander aging population, baby boomers, Canada’s healthcare system, Canadian healthcare system, GDP, health service funding, Healthcare Costs and Spending, homecare, long-term care, physician services, public health care
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.
By Ryan Meili and Carolyn Nowry ambulance, ambulance fees, Canada’s healthcare system, Canadian healthcare system, costs, emergency care, Healthcare Costs and Spending, Public health, public health 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?”
By access to care, access to health care, Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare system, Healthcare Costs and Spending, healthcare system, national pharmacare, Pharmacare, pharmacare benefits, Podcasts
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.
By Ann Silversides aging population, boomers, Canada, Choosing Wisely Canada, demographics, health care, Healthcare Costs and Spending, seniors
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.
By Ruth Lavergne and Kimberlyn McGrail access to care, BC family doctors, British-Colombia, doctors, General Practice Services Committee, health care, Healthcare Costs and Spending, incentive payments, Primary care
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.