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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.

Evidence is important to us, and we are committed to getting the evidence right — even when it can be interpreted in a number of ways. If you feel we have not represented the evidence accurately or fairly in these opinion pieces, please let us know. Browse our Commentaries by category, below, or view them all here.

AGING POPULATION AND
ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT
HEALTHCARE COSTS AND SPENDING
  • 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.

  • CHOCHINOV_Dying badly in Canada
    Dying badly in Canada
    By Harvey Chochinov

    A few days after the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the prohibition against medical aid in dying, I received a note from a wonderful colleague of mine saying that her closest friend’s 53 year old son had just died of spinal cancer.

PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT SOLUTIONS
TO FUNDING AND DELIVERY
HEALTH IS MORE THAN HEALTHCARE
  • FRANK_Are we medicalizing health people?
    Are we medicalizing healthy people?
    By John Frank

    Modern medical practice is engaged in a battle, not for hearts and minds, but for the conversion of perfectly healthy people into patients, labelled “at high risk” of various diseases in the name of prevention.

  • MONTANER_MEILI_How a made in BC strategy could bring an end to AIDS in Canada
    How a made-in-BC strategy could bring an end to AIDS in Canada
    By Julio Montaner and Ryan Meili

    Canadians are rightly proud of the universal coverage provided by our national health care system. Sadly, there are gaps in access with very grave consequences. In regions across the country, care and treatment is failing to reach those living with HIV.

PATIENT FINANCING OF HEALTHCARE
(THE PATIENT PAYS)
MORE CARE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
SUSTAINABILITY WAITING FOR CARE
  • Senior care in Canada
    Double-failing on health
    By Joshua Tepper and Danielle Martin

    Forty is the new thirty. Orange is the new black. And Failure is the new success. It seems these days that no success story is complete without a failure (or two) along the way: the bankruptcy that gave birth to a successful company; the entrepreneur who lost it all just before hitting the Fortune 500.

  • MEILI_Growing income gap poses a health risk to al
    Growing income gap poses a health risk to all
    By Ryan Meili

    Certain Canadian commentators are bringing forth a strange critique of public health, suggesting that physicians and public health experts, charged with caring for the health of Canadians, should not concern themselves with the root causes of illness and stick to a narrow range of health interventions.

PHARMACEUTICAL POLICY MENTAL HEALTH
  • MORGAN_Four things needs to make pharmacare work for Canadians
    Four things needed to make pharmacare work for Canadians
    By Steve Morgan

    A growing number of health professionals, patients, community groups and even politicians are calling for national pharmacare. But many Canadians likely wonder what pharmacare is and whether Canada is ready for it.

  • ROTENBERG_Getting a grip on the risks of vaccinations
    Getting a grip on the risks of vaccination
    By Brian Rotenberg

    Every day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumor resection, I have a full discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of doing “something.”

OBESITY INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

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