Health-Care Funding Promises Ignore Reality – March 4, 2013
In her "A GP for Me" plan, Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid is promising an extra $100 million for 176,000 new patients. That works out to $568 per year per new patient, which would pay for a simple GP office visit about every three weeks for an average patient, one per month for the frail, or one visit every six weeks for complex or pregnant patients.
Canada's Health Care System Rewards Mediocrity – December 28, 2012
There are defenders of the status quo who view any suggestions for reform with suspicion, but every aspect of our modern society is subjected to continuous review, change and improvement. The same process should be applied to hospital funding in Canada. If we are to improve we must change what we are doing.
We Need Private Health Care – September 17, 2012
The 2010 edition of the Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index 2010, from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and Sweden-based Health Consumer Powerhouse, found that, despite the fourth highest per-capita spending, Canadian health care ranks 25th compared with 33 European countries, every one of which features a mixture of public and private spending.
All Canadians Should be able to buy Private Health Insurance – August 3, 2012
Thousands of Canadians suffer in pain while waiting for surgery or diagnosis. Some die. The Chaoulli judgment explained how this suffering is caused by the government’s “virtual monopoly” over health care. The Charter’s section 7 right to life, liberty and security of the person is violated by laws that force people to suffer on government waiting lists and deny the right to access health care outside the government’s monopoly.
Health Care Needs a Revolution Drummond Couldn’t Offer – March 7, 2012
Amid the hubbub following the release of the Drummond Report, I can’t help but think of one of the biggest financial scams of the past century: Bernie Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme, which wiped out hundreds of formerly well-heeled investors. The lesson from Bernie? If something seems too good to be true then it probably is.
Patients Across the Province Have Better Access to Care: Ontario's Doctors – March 5, 2012
According to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Ontario ranks first in Canada when it comes to primary care performance from the perspective of the consumer;
Manitoba Health Spending: Still Much Higher Than Average – January 23, 2012
Per-person healthcare spending in Manitoba is significantly higher than the national average.
Move to Lean Concept Belated, but Also Absolutely Worthwhile – January 5, 2012
After 38 years in business, a stint in the health-care system, experience with Fortune 100 companies along with being a part of successful "Lean" implementations, I believe the Health Ministry's plan to adopt this business concept is good news.
Chongqing, Bangalore and Canada – December 21, 2011
David MacKinnon discusses the benefits of rapid economic growth in developing countries like China and India, as well as the challenges facing Canada in an increasingly competitive global economic environment.
Report Gives Province Healthy Rating – December 21, 2011
New Brunswick is one of the top health-care performers in Canada in terms of patient outcomes and wait times according to a new report released Tuesday by a national policy group.
Media Release - Canada Health Consumer Index 2011 – December 20, 2011
The fourth annual Canada Health Consumer Index evaluates healthcare-system performance in the ten provinces from the perspective of the consumer. Ontario finishes in first place in this year’s report, with British Columbia and New Brunswick finishing in a tie for second.
Canada Health Consumer Index 2011 – December 20, 2011
The Canada Health Consumer Index compares the performance of Canada’s ten provincial healthcare systems from the perspective of the consumer.
Ineffective Health System Needs Hard Questions – October 27, 2011
While questions about curbing the unsustainable growth in health-care costs, setting health outcome goals, establishing disease prevention policies and improving treatment quality and patient safety sound tough, is the health-care system in Canada and Saskatchewan really that bad?
Making Manitoba a ‘Have’ Province – September 25, 2011
With Manitobans on the cusp of an election, it is time to adopt a model that is far less political and dependent on government spending.
Revitalizing Manitoba (Updated) – September 25, 2011
Special Frontier publication authored by Law Professor Bryan Schwartz discussing a variety of topics affecting Manitoba competitiveness, well-being and prosperity that present a practical roadmap towards a less politicized and more successful province.
Albertans Deserve Courageous Leadership – September 22, 2011
Politicians in Alberta need to tackle the crisis-ridden healthcare delivery problems in Alberta with an open mind, and use all available options to bring about improvements.
The Health Crisis of Our Time – September 13, 2011
Risky lifestyle choices face unjustified public scrutiny as healthcare costs rise.
A Physician’s Concern for Patients Can’t be for Sale – August 5, 2011
Allegations if corrupt healthcare administrative officials in Alberta have been politicised in the extreme. If truth and justice are to be served, Albertans should be sceptical of doctor witnesses painted as victims, who may have profited from the alleged corruption.
Saving Britain's Health Service – June 23, 2011
Today there is no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodic fits of panic about the National Health Service (NHS). Every decade or so the government tries to reform the NHS—and every decade or so the NHS masses its forces to work the public into a frenzy.
Saving FAT – June 17, 2011
A summit of leading hunger experts convened and recommended sweeping changes to the way citizens met their food needs. The government implemented the "Maggie Stone" Commission Report shortly after that and there was joy across the land.