Danielle Smith, Leader, Wildrose Alliance Party – November 30, 2010
Danielle Smith was interviewed after her Lunch on the Frontier speech in Winnipeg on November 22, 2010.
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
Free Market Reforms Transforming Health Care in the Netherlands – November 2, 2008
The Netherlands is the best example of Europe's move toward market-oriented reform. Before U.S. officials devote even more taxpayer dollars to health care, they should take a long look at how the Dutch have improved their health care system by reducing the government's role in it.
Medicare Takes A Back Seat – September 29, 2008
Canadians need to stop kidding themselves that they live in a country with one-tier medicare, where taxpayers foot the bill for each other and everyone gets looked after eventually, Walberg adds. The reality is more "murky, very murky" and has given rise in the last five years to a number of private clinics that bill provincial insurance plans for "medically necessary" care and bill patients for extras.
The Waiting Is The Hardest Part – September 29, 2008
"It would be reasonable to expect that health care would be a major campaign issue," the CMA said in an article on its website last week, "yet the five political parties ... have been remarkably silent."
Costly Health Care 'Average' – September 22, 2008
Walberg said the results suggest provinces like Alberta are spending enough money on health care and should consider changing the way they pay for the system. For instance, she argues the province should scrap the current system where hospitals receive a yearly budget in favour of an incentive-based system where facilities are paid for the services they provide.
Which Provinces Deliver the Best Healthcare? – September 17, 2008
A new report from FCPP and HCP shows that Ontario is the clear winner at providing consumer friendly healthcare, followed by BC and NB. Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland are in a race to the bottom. The best performing provinces are also the most cost-effective.
Health Split Seen as Cure for System – July 8, 2008
Splitting Alberta Health and Wellness into two separate bodies and selling hospitals to the private sector is the best way to improve the province's health-care system, says a new think-tank report.
Ontario's Nanny State – March 30, 2008
Ontario wants to use the law to stop parents from smoking in front of kids in their cars.
Canadian Myths About Cuban Healthcare Persist – March 20, 2008
It doesn’t take a full inventory of the island’s medical system to notice the oft-heard claims about Cuba’s medical system are Potemkin-like in their non-believability. From three hospitals I observed in the capital city, it was obvious from the outside that two were run-down with broken windows and patch jobs. One other hospital looked in better shape. Not surprisingly, it was for veterans of the (1959) revolution. Given the nature of governments like Cuba’s, where statistics are routinely manipulated, there’s really no way to verify the claims on Cuban health care.
Sick Swedish Kids Wait for Care, Spurring Parents to Go Private – January 29, 2008
While Swedish hospitals rank among the best in the world, the slow pace of care has led many wealthy residents to opt out of the government-funded medical system. That's creating tensions in a society where cradle-to-grave welfare programs have traditionally provided equal access to care for everyone.
Canada’s Bedside Manner Ranks Poorly – January 22, 2008
Canada is at the bottom of the pack for the consumer friendliness of its health care system, according to a new report that compared it with 29 European nations.
Canadian Health Care System Lags Behind Europe, Says Study – January 21, 2008
Health Agency Accused of Squandering Millions – September 16, 2007
Capitation – An Answer for our GP Shortage? – May 21, 2007
The healthcare system needs more family physicians. Simple changes to the payment system have a better chance of short-term success, and will on balance make health care more effective and less expensive.
Like It Or Not, Here Come Private Clinics – January 25, 2007
We were warned that private clinics were the work of the devil but, now that they're here, we're accommodating them quite nicely.
Sloganizing Not Serious Debate – June 19, 2004
Canada’s first competitive election in years should mean a serious debate, not sloganizing and evasion
Consuming Passions – May 21, 2003
Should labour treat citizens as a consumer, the big debate in Britain's Labour Party.