Cheap, fast, good — pick two?

Cheap, fast, good — pick two?

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 […]

A primer on the legal challenge between Cambie Surgeries Corporation (led by Dr. Brian Day) and British Columbia — and how it may affect our healthcare system

A primer on the legal challenge between Cambie Surgeries Corporation (led by Dr. Brian Day) and British Columbia — and how it may affect our healthcare system

“Medicare,” provides public funding for all medically necessary hospital and physician services.

What Canada can learn from Australia on health care

What Canada can learn from Australia on health care

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec

The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec

Our healthcare system designed for the convenience of practitioners, not patients

Our healthcare system designed for the convenience of practitioners, not patients

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 […]

How proposed user fees for health services in Quebec threaten the Canadian health system

How proposed user fees for health services in Quebec threaten the Canadian health system

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.

Canada relying too heavily on unpaid caregivers — at a cost

Canada relying too heavily on unpaid caregivers — at a cost

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.

Why can’t we fix health care? Blame self-interest

Why can’t we fix health care? Blame self-interest

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.