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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.

  • 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.

  • MEILI_NOWRY_Ambulance-fees-are-an-obstacles-on-the-road-to-care
    Ambulance fees are an obstacle on the road to care
    By Ryan Meili and Carolyn Nowry

    Imagine you’re a physician seeing a six month old child in clinic. She has a fever and cough, she’s working hard to breathe and her oxygen levels are falling. You know she needs assessment in the emergency room and requires transportation in an ambulance in case her condition worsens en route. Her family understands the urgency of the situation, but asks, “Could we take her there in our car?”

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
  • 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.

  • 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.

PHARMACEUTICAL POLICY MENTAL HEALTH
  • 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.

  • 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.

OBESITY INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

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