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.
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.
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.
Diversity in Healthcare (Part 2 of 8) – January 29, 2011
Manitoba policy makers need to see how patient choice and institutional diversity can help, rather than hinder, cost control.
Ontario Leads and Alberta Lags on Healthcare – December 20, 2010
Ontario and British Columbia have the shortest wait times for care in Canada- but even the top Canadian provinces have much to learn from Europe’s superior healthcare models.
Governments Can’t Hide from Profit – June 18, 2010
Profit is not the enemy in healthcare. Its banishment from government books does not improve societal welfare once the loss of potential profit by private citizens is accounted for.
Demography is Medicare’s Destiny – May 17, 2010
Europe has lessons for Canada in healthcare, and as the boomers retire, they will change the political calculus in favour of reform towards competition based European-style models.
To Reduce Health Wait Times, Follow the European Model – May 11, 2010
Addressing Canada’s long healthcare wait times requires major reforms and an end to monopolistic government control over insurance and healthcare provision.
More Disclosure – January 21, 2010
Let’s look to Australia to see how they have made improvements to public reporting of hospital waiting times in an effort to improve efficiency and transparency.
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
How the Baby Boomers Blew it on Healthcare – October 19, 2009
Canada is about to be hit by a wave of baby boomer needing health care. Too bad they didn’t prepare by saving.
On Healthcare, Former East Bloc Countries Beat Canada's System – May 26, 2009
Policy Analyst Ben Eisen discusses European alternatives to Canada’s inefficient and bureaucratic health care system.
The High Cost of Not Investing in Health Care – November 19, 2008
The decision to use computerized order entries will be made at the hospital or regional authority level, but provincial governments can provide incentives, for instance by pairing a subsidy for making the transition to computerized ordering with a reduction in healthcare transfers for regions that fail to take action.
ER Mismanagement Can Be Fatal – September 30, 2008
Lengthy waits, failure to adapt cause morbidity and mortality.
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.
Getting More for the Health Reform Budget – June 27, 2008
The federal government has pledged billions of dollars to the provinces to help them deliver better healthcare, and to deliver it faster. So far, this hasn't happened. Some specific changes can help ensure that health reform budgets aren't wasted.
Healthcare Can't Improve Until Its Structure Is Changed – April 8, 2008
Patients need the power to make choices. When they can do that, wait times will shrink, outcomes will improve and spending will be constrained. Tilting at the straw men of privatization and parallel systems does nothing to advance the debate. We deserve better.
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.