By Nav Persaud affordable drugs, benefits, Canada Health Act, Canada health system, drugs, essential medications, health care benefits, House of Commons, medication plans, medications, Members of Parliament, MPs, Pharmacare, pharmaceuticals, publicly funded medication
The MPs mulling options for publicly funding medications this week will likely take their sweet time. There is no rush for them because they already have the type of publicly funded access to medications that is being contemplated for other Canadians. While approximately three million Canadians do not take medications as directed because of the […]
By Danyaal Raza blood, blood products, Canada, Canada Health Act, Canadian healthcare, Canadian Plasma Resources, federally register, Health Canada, Health system, patients, plasma, plasma donor, public regulator, regulations to healthcare
A version of this commentary appeared in the Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press and the Huffington Post As the snow begins to fall and the mercury begins to drop, Health Canada has found itself in some hot water. The trouble has been years in the making — since at least 2013. That was when Canadian Plasma […]
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 Livio Di Matteo Canada, Canada Health Act, Canada Health Transfer, Canadian health care, Canadian medicare, Federal health transfers, Health care costs, Health care costs and spending, healthcare funding, Public health spending
The Canadian fiscal transfer system is relatively simple and designed to address fiscal imbalances arising from economic differences across provinces and territories that are related to per capita income and natural resource endowments.
By John Adams Canada Health Act, Canada health system, Canadian Tax Credit, CRA, disability tax credit, genetic disease, government of Canada, PKU, tax credit
This story began when I offered to represent the mother of a three-year-old with PKU, a rare genetic disorder, in a federal tax court. She had never even fought a parking ticket before she went against the federal government. We won. It turns out, evidence matters. But the story doesn’t end there. We went to […]
By Kapil Khimdas and Danyaal Raza aging, aging population, Canada, Canada Health Act, Health system, home care, long-term housing, Patient's First Act
It’s time to organize care in communities so that patients stay healthier and fewer need expensive hospital treatment It’s no secret: Ontario is getting older. The number of seniors in our province has been steadily increasing and over the next twenty years, will double. Including factors like increased use of health services and evolving technology, […]
By Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert Canada Health Act, Canadian Academy of Heath Sciences, Canadian research, CIHR, Federal support, Health system, heathcare, Minister of Science, research
A version of this commentary appeared in the Globe & Mail, Huffington Post and the Brandon Sun With Canada’s 150th birthday squarely in the rear-view mirror, we should now look to our future. Our current government has been staking much on an “innovation economy” — if the regular speeches by various ministries are anything to go […]
By Dylan MacKay Canada, Canada Health Act, diets, food, food-is-medicine, Hippocrates, medicine, nutritional supplement
A version of this commentary appeared in STAT News, the Huffington Post and Ottawa Life Hippocrates supposedly said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I disagree. Food is not medicine. I can hear people saying, “But Dylan, you have type 1 diabetes and a PhD in human nutritional sciences. Surely you […]
By Laura Funk Canada, Canada Health Act, Canadian healthcare system, caregivers, healthcare, informal caregivers, Podcasts, support, unpaid caregivers
One in four people in Canada care for a loved one, friend or neighbour.
By Terry Klassen and Leah Crockett Canada Health Act, Canadian health, Child health, children, emergency care, emergency departments, medical needs, pediatric care, pediatric specialist, pediatrician
Wide variation across the country can be catastrophic and costly A version of this commentary appeared in the Huffington Post, Winnipeg Free Press and Afro News When a child is sick or injured, our health system usually delivers excellent care. That’s good news. Yet the adage that “children are not small adults” — and have specific medical […]