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MD and MP Keith Martin's prescription for saving health care

Our much-vaunted public health care system desperately needs emergency treatment to prevent it from landing in the intensive care unit. A recent report showed that more than one million Canadians are on a waiting list for medical care, a clear embarrassment for those who still believe in the fantasy that we have the "best healthcare system in the world." That report also said that "only substantial reform ... will alleviate ... longer waiting lists." Sadly, early indications are that ex premier Roy Romanow will ask for much of the same. Same system, more services covered, and the same delusion that we can tinker with what we have and end up with better health care. But in order to fix a problem, we have to first understand it.

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MD and MP Keith Martin's prescription for saving health care

Our much-vaunted public health care system desperately needs emergency treatment to prevent it from landing in the intensive care unit. A recent report showed that more than one million Canadians are on a waiting list for medical care, a clear embarrassment for those who still believe in the fantasy that we have the "best healthcare system in the world." That report also said that "only substantial reform ... will alleviate ... longer waiting lists." Sadly, early indications are that ex premier Roy Romanow will ask for much of the same. Same system, more services covered, and the same delusion that we can tinker with what we have and end up with better health care. But in order to fix a problem, we have to first understand it.

  

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Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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