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.
A Breakthrough For Transparency in Healthcare – May 24, 2011
In a recent article on cross-border healthcare (“Have illness, will travel?”, 24-30 March), you looked ahead to the directive on cross-border healthcare, which has since been formally adopted, and wrote that “relatively few people are expected to take advantage of the law”, noting that current cross-border care is worth €10 billion, less than 1% of current healthcare spending”.
Estonian Health Care Ranks Higher – August 26, 2009
Why not look to places where health care actually works, such as Denmark. That might be a bit of a stretch, as Denmark placed fourth on the index. But why couldn't Canada's health care be at least as good as that of Estonia, a former Soviet republic, which was 12th, well ahead of our 23rd-place spot?
Sir Roger Douglas Hard Right? No, They're Hard Left – March 26, 2008
One expects NZ Prime Minister Clark or Finance Minister Cullen to describe conventional economic thinking as irrelevant "hard right" ideology. ACT’s policy has always been designed to ensure that disadvantaged people have the same opportunity, security and dignity as more affluent people do.
Medicare Program Fails to Measure up to European Model – February 22, 2008
What we found by including Canada into our well-established European ranking of health-care systems was that Canada cannot compete. Canada took the 23rd place out of 30, actually doing well only in the category of treatment outcomes.
Market Medicine – December 11, 2006
If consumers had better access to information about their health and how to navigate the health-care system, they would be capable of addressing the inequalities and malfunctions of today. The Health Consumer Index gives consumers this information so they can make informed decisions about their health care.
Delaying Technology Can Be Deadly – November 6, 2006
Many pharmaceutical companies are working on gene-altered plants to develop much needed vaccines cost effectively but some groups are opposed to genetically modified vegetation and are hindering their research.
CIDA’s Malaria Meltdown – October 27, 2006
CIDA has announced its plans to cut funding for malaria-prevention programs. One doctor's view on these changes and the disease throughout the world.
Good News for Malaria Victims – September 26, 2006
Emphasis is finally being placed on intentse, comprehensive, sustained programs that have worked in other malarial nations.
"Data Never Tell a Story—They Must Be Interpreted" – November 30, 2005
A reasonable interpretation of this international survey could lead to an opposite conclusion: that free-market healthcare systems are superior.
Why the Maples Clinic is Good for Medicare – November 29, 2005
Manitoba's Minister of Health is threatening sanctions against a Winnipeg Clinic willing to sell MRI scans. He should encourage private providers instead of trying to shut them down.
Medicare Status Quo Argument Ailing – November 7, 2005
Despite the repeated affirmations of the medicare establishment that there is no serious academic research establishing that private care can help lower prices or improve efficiency, all this proves is their ignorance of the very literature they’re citing.
45 Million Myths – July 25, 2005
We hear constantly that 45 million Americans have no health insurance, that public health care spending is inadequate and that the U.S. system is characterized by unbridled capitalism. These perceptions, however, are urban myths
PM Squanders Fiscal Gains – September 28, 2004
In two days last week, Paul Martin squandered a decade's effort to put Canada's public finances in order. You'd think he'd at least exact a big price for this sacrifice.
Unpopular Revolution – July 17, 2004
Some holdout defenders of Britain's National Health Service want to keep it as a monopoly. A Labour MP says they are wrong.
Cheap pills today or new pills tomorrow? – July 10, 2003
Drug prices have been lowered for medical marvels already discovered, but at the cost of needlessly prolonging the suffering caused by diseases that we have not yet conquered.
Sweden's Model of Consumer Choice in Healthcare – November 20, 2002
Swedish health reforms shift single payer system from public service monopoly, hierarchy and top-down attitudes to diverse providers, networks and consumer power
Medical Savings Accounts Could Put Choice Back Into Health Care – March 15, 2002
Medical savings accounts would help inject freedom of choice and personal responsibility back into health care, spur some badly needed changes in techniques and technology, and save billions of dollars.
Moving Beyond the Medicare Orthodoxy – February 1, 2001
Why is it that Canada's two main political parties have virtually identical positions on medicare, while the public is now looking for new options?