Canadians are spending more money than people do in other developed countries, the United States excepted, for health-care services that are nowhere near the best, write Duncan Sinclair and David Walker. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane
'It’s important that it’s earmarked for mental health. If it goes out as just general funding to the provinces, it will be swallowed up by hips and knees and hearts and higher-profile issues,' says the University of B.C.'s Alex Berland.
We need a system that's universal, portable, accessible, and comprehensive, providing everybody the care they need, independent of their ability to pay. Canada's public health-care system does not meet those principles now.
We must broaden our response to the current crisis to address the aspects of our health-care system that contribute to the increasing demand for, and continued reliance on, opioids. We can’t afford to wait.
While life insurance and long-term disability insurance costs do increase with age, insurance companies will accommodate any employer who wants to continue some coverage beyond age 65 for their active employees with the disability benefit limited to 12 or 24 months instead of stopping it altogether.
Establishing universal hospital and physician care took leadership. It’s time for leadership from all levels of government to further Tommy’s dream and ensure that every Canadian has access to the health care they need, when they need it.
Proponents are calling on the federal government to make sizeable investments in the healthcare system and requiring funding to the provinces and territories be spent on specific areas, like home care and mental health.
Not only is patient access to medically needed services in the balance here, but in the long run, the government could in fact end up pushing ever more physicians and patients toward a parallel private system if it fails to demonstrate a strong commitment to quality public care.
If you are still unsure, ask your provincial Member of Parliament for help pointing you to programs you may be eligible for. You may also want to ask them why Canada doesn’t have a national pharmacare program yet while you are at it.
Childhood injuries cost all of us. In fact, they are estimated to cost Canadians more than $5.8-billion every year. That money comes out of our health-care system, our tax system, and our transport system.
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