Tag: private health care

John Robson: Ontario’s New Health-Care Plan Is Nothing but More of the Same

Commentary It seems finally to have dawned on Ontario’s political leadership that our crumbling health-care system is crumbling. Brilliant. You learned a simple word and after 40 years of denying waiting lists existed while promising to fix them and failing miserably, recognized an obvious situation. You must have an IQ of 16. Unfair, you say?…


Ontario to Fund More Private Clinic Surgeries to Reduce Waitlist

The Ontario government says it is looking to increase publicly covered surgeries performed at private clinics to help alleviate the province’s surgical waitlists, among several other measures. Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced Ontario’s “Plan to Stay Open” on Aug. 18, saying the province needs to be “bold, innovative and creative” when looking for ways to…


Why Our Health System Treats Canadians Poorly

Commentary Former B.C. deputy minister of health Lawrie McFarlane’s July 24 commentary on the “Cambie Surgery Centre ruling” (a descriptive that ignores two cancer patients and three children who were co-plaintiffs) contained some valid commentary. The crisis we now face in our health system is there for all to see and observe. Notably, McFarlane offers…


Canadian Health Care at a Crossroads

Commentary The week spanning July 10–17 was a revealing one for Canadian health care, and what we have witnessed is not good. In Fredericton, N.B., a senior passed away while waiting for care at a hospital emergency department. A witness noted that the man was “clearly in discomfort,” yet it wasn’t enough to gain the…


Australia’s Private Health Industry Is ‘Spiraling to Its Death’: Report

The private health sector and the government should join hands and develop a rescue plan to prevent the industry from “spiralling to its death”, says a report from think tank the Grattan Institute. The report, released on Wednesday, points out the urgent need for an industry-wide overhaul as private insurance premiums continue to rise faster…