• Morneau’s proposed tax changes attack doctors – and negatively impact patients

    Mr. Morneau’s tax changes will have a drastic impact on patient care. Doctors will change how they run their offices, adjust the kinds of care they offer and alter career paths… But most importantly, Mr. Morneau’s tax proposals will negatively impact access to medical care. It will make Canada an undesirable place to practise medicine.

  • New Health Minister Petitpas Taylor defends tax changes under fire from doctors

    … she was the parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Bill Morneau before she was given a ministry of her own, and has spent much time working on the tax file… now, her most pressing job may be to calm the doctors. When the proposed tax changes are fully explained, they are understood, she said. But “if there are unique situations that [doctors and others] are faced with, we want to make sure that we hear from them and that we get this right.”

  • Unions want pharmacare plan for all Canadians

    We need a pharmacare plan that covers all Canadians. Just think about what that would mean for the one in five people paying out of pocket for their medication today, either because they don’t have a prescription drug plan, or because they have a plan that doesn’t cover the full cost of the medications they need… An estimated 8.4 million working Canadians don’t have prescription drug coverage… We have the second highest prescription drug costs in the world

  • How underprivilege made me a better doctor

    I know what it feels like to not have choice, to have external factors, such as money and other people, dictate the path of my life. For many patients, it may feel the same — when their bodies and their lives are now in the hands of others… These experiences have taught me more about empathy and hard work than any medical school class could…

  • England trials free talk therapy

    England is in the midst of a unique national experiment, the world’s most ambitious effort to treat depression, anxiety and other common mental illnesses. The rapidly growing initiative… offers virtually open-ended talk therapy free of charge at clinics throughout the country: in remote farming villages, industrial suburbs, isolated immigrant communities and high-end enclaves. The goal is to eventually create a system of primary care for mental health

  • Toronto’s plan for tackling opioid crisis falls short

    One of the obvious recommendations, then, from Thursday’s meeting was to speed up the opening of the three supervised injection sites… A better idea comes from harm reduction workers at the sites who argue that while the centres are being renovated for supervised injection services, temporary or mobile sites should be opened now. Pop-up clinics like that would be in line with how the city responds to a flu outbreak.

  • Ottawa’s new tax measures unfairly target many doctors

    The reason physicians (and other small business owners) retain money in a corporation is because they don’t have pensions or benefits like many salaried employees… Governments can, of course, change policy. But if they adopt measures that make incorporation unattractive and impossible to accumulate retirement savings, then they need to provide an alternative, such as salaries and pensions. That would mean a fundamental revamp of how physicians are remunerated.

  • A sea change in the war on smoking

    Prohibition doesn’t work – whether we’re talking opioids or tobacco. Harm reduction, though it often makes us uncomfortable, does work. Smoking low-nicotine cigarettes is better than smoking high-nicotine ones, and vaping is better than smoking. Those are the kind of plain language messages that regulators and public-health officials need to deliver in Canada, not just the U.S.

  • What Canadians Can Learn from America’s Healthcare Debacle

    Healthcare becomes the embodiment of a nation. We speak with pride of our commitment to a social system that relies and insists upon the idea that I will look after you when you are old, and that the next generation will look after me when I am old. It is… a part of who we are as Canadians. Our healthcare, with all its imperfections, has become an integral part of our identities.

  • Canada should listen to wake-up call on health care

    … according to the data, access to health care could be greatly improved if we had more doctors. Among the 11 advanced countries, Canada has the fewest doctors per 1,000 residents. In 2014, we had 2.5 doctors for every thousand people. Norway had 4.4 and the U.S. was only slightly better than Canada, with 2.6… the government has successfully controlled spending on doctors’ services, but it comes at a cost.