The severe pressures on our health-care system have renewed interest in revitalizing it. While bold thinking is needed, we must guard against unintended consequences. Among the proposed solutions is something called “pan-Canadian licensure,” which would allow a licensed physician to work in every province and territory in the country. Currently, physicians are regulated and overseen
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A shift in U.S. drug pricing could cut pharmaceutical profits, meaning less money for research and development In October, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump outlined a plan that, if implemented, would substantially lower the amount the U.S. government will pay drug-makers for certain pharmaceuticals covered by its Medicare plan. Though limited in scope,
New study sheds light on an old problem in Canada’s hospitals and suggests that strategies to shorten wait times should be considered Canada’s emergency departments are very busy. Every year, Canadians make about 16 million visits to emergency rooms and more than one million Canadians are admitted to hospital through emergency departments. Given how complex
To retain the promise of universal health care that Canadians cherish, we must change the way we attempt to deliver it Whether you ask physicians or patients, the answer is the same – Canada is failing to provide timely access to medical care. The U.S.-based Commonwealth Fund, in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Health
It will take political courage to improve Canada’s health care system 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. But now that I am
When assessments are made of Canada’s health care system, they often focus on the quality of treatment, cost per patient and outcomes. While such criteria are vitally important to consider, one other critical factor needs to be added to the equation – the potential economic benefits of adopting best practices used in other jurisdictions.