By David R. Urbach Canada healthcare, Canadian medicare, Health care costs, healthcare system, hospital wait times, medicare, surgical wait times, wait times
How to shorten hospital wait times in Canada Long wait times are the vulnerable soft underbelly of the Canadian health system. Canadians treasure our single-payer, publicly funded program of physician and hospital care, virtually as a defining part of our national identity. And yet, increasing legal and political pressure over quick access to elective surgeries […]
By Karen Palmer British Columbia, Cambie Surgeries Corp. v. British Columbia, Canada, Canada Health Act, Canadian medicare, Day case, medicare, Private health benefits, Private health care, Public health spending, public-private
“Medicare,” provides public funding for all medically necessary hospital and physician services.
By Stephen Duckett Australia, Australian Medicare, Canada’s healthcare system, Canadian healthcare system, cost of drugs, drug cost, Drug coverage, health care spending, Healthcare spending, medicare, Pharmaceutical
A version of this commentary appeared in the Globe & Mail, the Huffington Post and the Victoria Times Colonist. Australia and Canada share many characteristics, but Canadians may not know one of them is that Australia’s universal health insurance scheme, Medicare, was modelled on Canada’s — albeit adapted to account for constitutional differences between the two countries. […]
By Amélie Quesnel-Vallée Canada, Canada Health Act, Canada healthcare system, Canadian medicare, healthcare, medical user fees, medicare, publicly-insured procedures, Quebec, user fees
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). According to the CHA, the money that flows from Ottawa to the provinces for health services, known as the Canada Health Transfer, is conditional on the provinces […]
By André Picard, Canada, Doctor, health, health care, Health policy, Health system, healthcare, medicare, patient, physician, Podcasts
We have built a sickness care system rather than a health system This convocation speech was delivered to graduating MDs at the University of Manitoba on the receipt of an honorary doctorate on May 14, 2015. André Picard is a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff […]
By Danielle Martin and Ryan Meili Canada, Canada Health Act, Canada healthcare system, Canadian medicare, healthcare, medicare, poverty, Quebec, user fees
With a federal campaign in full force grabbing the majority of the headlines, a significant threat to Canada’s most treasured national program is going largely unnoticed.
By Nicole F. Bernier aging population, Canadian health care, homecare, informal caregivers, medicare, National homecare system, seniors, unpaid caregivers, unpaid caregiving
The unexpected and largely unreported good news about homecare in this country is that the vast majority of Canadians who receive home help or homecare for a chronic health condition are getting all the services they need.
By Harvey Lazar access to health care, Canadian health care, Canadian medicare, chronic care, health care policy, Kirby report, medicare, prescription drugs, provincial medical associations, Romanow report, unions
Almost continuously since the second half of the 1990s, Canadians have pointed to health care as their largest national concern and the issue that should receive the greatest attention from Canada’s leaders. Polls taken over the last decade or so have found that health care is typically the highest priority among voters.