Our Commentaries

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: Navigating the Evidence: Communicating Canadian Health Policy in the Media, 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
PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT SOLUTIONS
TO FUNDING AND DELIVERY
HEALTH IS MORE THAN HEALTHCARE
  • Moving-forward-on-health-care-reform
    Moving forward on health care reform
    By Allan Maslove

    In the Speech from the Throne and since, the new Liberal government has clearly said it is ready to re-engage with the provinces and territories on health care. This is a welcome development.

  • Canadians should modernize not privatize medicare
    Canadians should modernize not privatize medicare
    By Bryan Thomas and Colleen Flood

    National Medicare Week has just passed, buoyed with optimism as a fresh-faced government takes the reins in Ottawa — elected partly on a promise of renewed federal leadership on health care. Yet these “sunny ways” are overcast by recent developments at the provincial level that entrench and legitimize two-tier care.

PATIENT FINANCING OF HEALTHCARE
(THE PATIENT PAYS)
MORE CARE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
  • BC election represents crossroads for the future of medicine in Canada
    BC doctors' election represents crossroads for the future of medicine in Canada
    By Vanessa Brcic and Ryan Meili

    Normally provincial medical association elections are not national news. The one vote difference between first and second place in the race for president of the Doctors of BC ­– later declared a tie after a recount – might be enough to grab people’s attention.

  • It’s time to include dental health in the healthcare system
    It’s time to include dental health in the healthcare system
    By Paul Allison

    There are many reasons why some Canadians choose not to go to the dentist, but a new report released this week from the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) found that cost is a major factor — and that Canada’s most vulnerable populations have the highest rates of dental decay, pain and disease, but the worst access to this much needed healthcare service.

SUSTAINABILITY WAITING FOR CARE
  • The inconsistencies of Canadian healthcare.
    The inconsistencies of Canadian healthcare
    By Robert Brown

    I spent my life teaching actuarial science at a university. As a result, I calculated lots of numbers: averages, expected values, variances. But, they were only numbers. What I didn’t see was the individual human story behind each calculation.

  • Is it fair to make a public appeal for a live organ donor
    Is it fair to make a public appeal for a live organ donor?
    By Jennifer Chandler

    The public response to the appeal on behalf of Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team, for a liver donor has been a heart-warming demonstration of the generosity of our community. Fortunately, a donor was found and the transplant was performed in time to save his life.

PHARMACEUTICAL POLICY MENTAL HEALTH
OBESITY INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

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