Facing frailty head-on

A national seniors strategy needs to account for complexity in the aging process, including risk and vulnerability

Facing frailty head-onBy Russell Williams and John Muscedere EvidenceNetwork.ca Canadians 65 years and older now outnumber children 14 years and under, which means our needs as a society are changing. We’re succeeding in shifting the aging curve through preventive interventions and better public health – that’s good news. But the changing demographic is causing strains in our…

Ottawa’s rules make health care worse

We’ve seen decades of policy paralysis, with provinces constantly under threat of penalty for exploring policy options

Ottawa’s rules make health care worseBy Bacchus Barua and Nadeem Esmail The Fraser Institute What makes health care in our country uniquely Canadian? It’s certainly not the goal to ensure universal access to care regardless of ability to pay. That goal is shared by at least 28 other high-income countries around the world. It’s certainly not that our universal health-care…

No guarantee of quality supports for disabled Canadians

The tangled web of disability governance and policy in Canada needs to clarified and centralized

No guarantee of quality supports for disabled CanadiansBy Jennifer Zwicker and Stephanie Dunn EvidenceNetwork.ca At a recent Senate committee hearing on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), the father of a child with autism made a heartfelt plea and a chilling statement: “We are impacted by the inability to secure our son’s future. We are his…

Money targeted for health better spent on social programs

More spending on health care is an expensive way to buy health. Spending on social programs will make people healthier

Money targeted for health better spent on social programsBy Daniel J. Dutton and Jennifer Zwicker EvidenceNetwork.ca It’s budget season and Canadian provincial governments are continuing the tradition of spending more on health care than any other single portfolio. But that money is misspent. For example, Alberta spends almost half its provincial budget on health, an estimated $22 billion this year, which is more…

Private care is an essential part of an effective health system

We should stop demonizing private clinics – and the patients who need them – and recognize that they're part of the solution

Private care is an essential part of an effective health systemLast month, on the heels of a new threat from the British Columbia government to fine doctors who accept private payment for treatment already covered by the government-run health-care system, a trial – initiated more than seven years ago by a private Vancouver clinic led by Dr. Brian Day – resumed. Day, a former head…

Health foundation continues to support local needs

The local charitable group has invested nearly $4.3 million to support health care needs since 2001

Health foundation continues to support local needsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Saskatchewan’s health system continues to undergo a major transition and health foundations will continue to play an important role in the areas they serve. The Kindersley and District Health and Wellness Foundation (KDHWF) Inc. has been supporting health care in Kindersley for several years. The foundation has invested nearly $4.3…

Lifting the veil off the role of women in health care

There’s a significant lack of gender parity in health leadership positions. Pay equity and workplace safety must also be addressed

Lifting the veil off the role of women in health careSometimes an issue can be so pervasive that it’s rendered nearly invisible. Take for instance the gender of the health workforce. Women comprise 82 per cent of health workers in Canada, in contrast to 47 per cent in the total labour force. This surpasses the global rate of 70 per cent. From 1997 to 2016,…

How to provide consistent health care to all Canadians

We all must have access to high-quality health care. Unjustifiable variations are still too common across the country

How to provide consistent health care to all CanadiansBy P.G. Forest and Danielle Martin EvidenceNetwork.ca Canadian medicare would not exist without the actions of the federal government. But in recent years, there’s been an atrophy of the imagination about Ottawa’s role in health policy, as if federal transfer payments to the provinces and territories were the beginning and the end of everything. We…

When the doctor says sorry

It’s been a dozen years since health-care apology laws came to Canada. Do they work?

When the doctor says sorryMy introduction to the complex and emotional world of adverse events in health care occurred in 2001 when I chaired a committee to review an inquest report into the tragic deaths of 12 infants in a pediatric surgery program in Manitoba. Justice Murray Sinclair, who conducted the inquest, had concluded that at least five of…

When a new mom has disturbing thoughts about hurting her baby

Postpartum OCD is frequently misdiagnosed and misunderstood – but it is treatable, help is available

When a new mom has disturbing thoughts about hurting her babyBy Gina Wong and Nicole Letourneau EvidenceNetwork.ca In January, a new mother in California became part of a viral Facebook post that described her baby’s four-month postpartum checkup. As a result of the thoughts she shared with her health-care providers, the police were called and she was escorted to the hospital, forcibly admitted to the…
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