Frontier Centre in the Media
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.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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?
Prove it, Gene – May 30, 2011
David Swann proposes a breakup of Alberta Health Services into smaller regional health authorities. Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky tells us this would not be wise.
The Great Health Care Squeeze – April 18, 2011
Last year's Frontier Centre for Public Policy's annual Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index reported that Canada had improved its score in four of five measured categories, including patient rights, wait times, outcomes and range and reach of services, though we still have "a long way to go to catch up to Europe's top performers," not least because we run one of the most expensive systems in the world.
Shift Health-Care Attitudes – April 7, 2011
Surveys show health care as the major concern of Canadians, but as yet we hear no remedial steps offered by Stephen Harper or Michael Ignatieff.
Government Pressured To Put Health Care Higher On Agenda – December 21, 2010
The calls for a nationwide discussion on the future of health care and various proposals on how to reform the system are piling up this week.
User Fees Really Work – June 13, 2010
"With much controversy, the Charest government in Quebec has proposed a user fee of $25 per doctor's visit, one that would be waived for low-income earners."
Don't Shy From Health Debate – June 7, 2010
"It's not just unwise to promise all things to all people in health care: given the tenuous state of the province's finances, it's irresponsible."
We Pay For World-Leading Care But Don't Get It; – May 12, 2010
"The survey, done for the third year running by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, spurns the usual measures of health care -- money spent and resources available."
European Health Care Bests Canada: Expert – May 12, 2010
"Health Consumer Powerhouse and Frontier Centre for Public Policy recently released a report outlining how Canada's health-care system matches up to European systems."
Big Deficits, Creaky Health Service: Something's Got to Give – January 18, 2010
"Even before the recession, provincial spending was on an unsustainable trajectory. Now revenues have fallen precipitously. Last month, former central bank governor David Dodge warned governments to get their fiscal houses in order."
Saskatchewan’s Surgical Wait Times Rated The Worst In Canada – December 21, 2009
Frontier Centre in the Media - Ben Eisen is interviewed by the Regina Leader-Post regarding Frontier's release of our 2009 Canada Health Consumer Index.
Private Health: Our Third Rail – August 24, 2009
Surveys regularly find that the majority of Canadians are just fine with private insurance, and private hospitals, provided everyone is guaranteed access to health care when they need it.
Medical Care for All — Is There a Better Way? – August 11, 2009
"The president of the Canadian Medical Association has spent most of the last year trying to interject some common sense into Canadian health care. Unfortunately, Canadians prefer to keep plugging along just as they have in the past, despite mounting evidence that our system is inefficient and doesn’t serve patients nearly as well as it should for the money we spend. "
Taking a Second Look at the Health Index – February 23, 2009
The index compared the user-friendliness of Canada's health care system with those of 29 European countries. The results were startling to many of my readers. Canada placed 23rd out of 30 countries. Given our high level of health care spending, when adjusted for "bang for the buck," Canada ranked last. The column has generated such a passionate response that a second look at the index is warranted.
Health Care System in Western Europe More Efficient than Ours – December 29, 2008