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Our Commentaries

Our expert advisors have written opinion pieces and health articles on important health policy topics, published in leading media outlets across the country. We are making these commentaries and articles available to everyone, free of charge, with a Creative Commons license, so that you may use them in your publication or on your website. See also our Commentaries in French. Download our free eBooks — a compendium of our commentaries: Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy, and Canadian Health Policy in the News: Why Evidence Matters.

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AGING POPULATION AND
ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT
HEALTHCARE COSTS AND SPENDING
  • Canada has mixed wait time results in healthcare
    Canada has mixed wait time results in healthcare
    By Robert McMurtry

    Wait times have long been a source of concern for Canadians, and in some jurisdictions, remain a significant problem. Recently the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) released their report for 2015. There is both encouraging news and areas in need of attention.

  • MCMURTRY_Putting-healthcare-on-the-federal-election-agenda
    Putting healthcare on the federal election agenda
    By Robert McMurtry

    A federal election could be called any time in the next few months, judging by the media coverage and the ramping up of political activity. Many issues have been crowding into the media headlines in anticipation of the election — but with a notable absence of any consideration of healthcare by our political parties.

  • FLOOD_OGRADY_Four-things-you-should-know-about-the-pending-Charter-challenge-against-medicare
    Four things you should know about the pending Charter challenge against medicare
    By Colleen Flood and Kathleen O'Grady

    A long-running dispute between Dr. Brian Day, the co-owner of Cambie Surgeries Corporation and the British Columbia government may finally be resolved in the BC Supreme Court this year – and the ruling could transform the Canadian health system from coast to coast.

  • MORGAN_MARTIN_Pharmacare is good for business
    Pharmacare is good for business
    By Steve Morgan and Danielle Martin

    Repeatedly over the past 50 years, national commissions and inquiries have recommended that Canadian medicare include universal, public coverage of prescription drugs. So far, no government has acted on this, creating profound inequities and inefficiencies in our health care system. But more than that: the lack of universal pharmacare is bad for Canadian businesses, large and small.

PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT SOLUTIONS
TO FUNDING AND DELIVERY
HEALTH IS MORE THAN HEALTHCARE
PATIENT FINANCING OF HEALTHCARE
(THE PATIENT PAYS)
MORE CARE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
SUSTAINABILITY WAITING FOR CARE
  • Canada has mixed wait time results in healthcare
    Canada has mixed wait time results in healthcare
    By Robert McMurtry

    Wait times have long been a source of concern for Canadians, and in some jurisdictions, remain a significant problem. Recently the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) released their report for 2015. There is both encouraging news and areas in need of attention.

  • MCMURTRY_Putting-healthcare-on-the-federal-election-agenda
    Putting healthcare on the federal election agenda
    By Robert McMurtry

    A federal election could be called any time in the next few months, judging by the media coverage and the ramping up of political activity. Many issues have been crowding into the media headlines in anticipation of the election — but with a notable absence of any consideration of healthcare by our political parties.

PHARMACEUTICAL POLICY MENTAL HEALTH
  • MORGAN_MARTIN_Pharmacare is good for business
    Pharmacare is good for business
    By Steve Morgan and Danielle Martin

    Repeatedly over the past 50 years, national commissions and inquiries have recommended that Canadian medicare include universal, public coverage of prescription drugs. So far, no government has acted on this, creating profound inequities and inefficiencies in our health care system. But more than that: the lack of universal pharmacare is bad for Canadian businesses, large and small.

  • DI MATTEO_Is it finally time for a national drug plan
    Is it finally time for a national drug plan?
    By Livio Di Matteo

    A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. Indeed, such a plan reduces public and private spending on prescription drugs by $7.3 billion annually – or by 32 percent.

OBESITY INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS
  • QUEENAN_Why this U.S. doctor is moving to Canada
    Why this U.S. doctor is moving to Canada
    By Emily Queenan

    I’m a U.S. family physician who has decided to relocate to Canada. The hassles of working in the dysfunctional health care “system” in the U.S. have simply become too intense.

  • Why Canadian hospitals outperform U.S. hospitals
    Why Canadian hospitals outperform U.S. hospitals
    By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein

    In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork. That paperwork isn’t merely an insult. It costs U.S. society a fortune.

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