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To fix Canada’s health care, a hard economic truth must be acknowledged 

Tuesday, August 29th, 2023

… a) when public health care was first rolled out, there were limited complex interventions available; b) what could be done was relatively inexpensive; and c) given shorter lifespans, there was simply less time for a patient to require the higher-cost care commensurate with advanced age. In that context, funding health care out of general tax revenues has become increasingly hard – and will eventually be unsustainable.

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The answer is clear: we can’t afford privatized health care

Thursday, August 24th, 2023

… lots of other countries have a blended system. In fact, so does Canada. But when we look deeper, we see that we spend less on our public health system — and more out-of-pocket and privately than most of our peers. As a share of all health spending, Canada allocates 75 per cent as public investment. How does that compare? Canada is a standout Scrooge.

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CHC chair calls for progress on pharmacare implementation

Thursday, August 17th, 2023

We are calling on the new minister to implement public universal pharmacare. Don’t be fooled by the blandishments and manipulations of the pharmaceutical industry, which obviously opposes public universal pharmacare… We also hope he won’t be too impressed by caucus colleagues who are trying to placate the ferocious and well-financed pharma lobby on the Hill.

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Health Coalition wants $3.5 Billion in Budget for Pharmacare

Wednesday, August 16th, 2023

If accepted, the government would fulfill a key recommendation of the 2019 Final Report of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, led by Dr. Eric Hoskins, which estimated that it will cost an additional $3.5 billion to launch national pharmacare starting with universal coverage for essential medicines. Here are the coalition’s four recommendations…

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Canada has in fact achieved universal drug insurance coverage

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

People in the lowest income deciles are eligible for public safety-net coverage at zero or very low costs. People in the highest income deciles are covered when prescription drug costs exceed 3 per cent to 7 per cent of family income, depending on the jurisdiction. Typically, private drug plans use deductibles and copayments and end up insuring about 80 per cent of prescription costs.

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97 per cent of Canadians have drug coverage and other lies drug manufactures are pushing

Monday, July 31st, 2023

In reality, millions of Canadians are uninsured for the medicines they need… Those lucky enough to have coverage often still face sizable deductibles and copayments… one in 10 Canadians skips prescriptions because of out-of-pocket costs. This makes patients sicker and generates at least $1 billion annually in preventable demand for medical and hospital care…  it is high-cost medicines that are putting workplace health benefits at risk.

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A crisis of neglect: How society can help those with mental illness

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

‘If you really want to make a difference, stop thinking about diagnosis and symptoms, start thinking about recovery… it’s people, place, and purpose. Social support, a decent environment with housing and food and things that help people to prosper, and people will have to have something to live for.’

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The premiers need to get serious about health care reform, not just funding

Tuesday, July 11th, 2023

… the premiers need to commit to some semblance of a coherent, co-ordinated plan… What the health system needs right now is swift and collective action from the premiers in identifying problem areas and setting clear goals for longer-term changes.  You can’t measure progress without targets and timelines. Nor can you have any accountability.

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Roadmap For Reform Can Save Canadian Healthcare: A General Consensus View

Friday, June 16th, 2023

[The] authors… present a Roadmap that addresses the fundamental questions of why previous attempts at reform have failed, and offers solutions to design a more effective reform process… The Roadmap lays out a comprehensive 13-step plan, covering both the short and long terms that take us to the destination of better health for more Canadians with better access to high-quality healthcare:

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Ontario’s doctors report progress on health-care recommendations but more needs to be done

Friday, June 2nd, 2023

The OMA has identified three key areas where we must focus our immediate attention: ensuring that everyone has access to team-based primary care… reducing physician burnout and the administrative burden contributing to it… (and) addressing the lack of access to co-ordinated community-based care… The OMA remains committed to ongoing collaboration with elected officials to drive positive change in our health-care system.

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