Issue 5, November 2006
PROFILE: Brian Day
Delegates to the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) General Council stunned many in Canada’s medical establishment in August when it elected Brian Day to be the Association’s next president. A Vancouver-based orthopaedic surgeon, Day is Canada’s leading proponent of expanding the role of private health care in the Canadian public health-care system. Day’s detractors call him “Dr Profit” and claim he wants to set up a two-tiered US-style system that will favour the rich over the poor. 59-year-old Day told The Lancet that his election to lead the CMA shows that Canadian doctors are ready to give private health care a bigger role in the Canadian system. Read more...
How Alberta's Next Premier Can Lead in Health Care
for Alberta's Progressive Conservative leadership wish to lead the necessary health-care revolution in Canada, they and every Albertan will
gain much by considering what an excellent health-care system should look like.
What Went Up Isn’t Coming Down
Waiting for health care in Canada has, sadly, become a regular part of the Medicare experience. While many may hope that all of the provincial and federal attention to the issue (and the resulting new initiatives) will produce positive results, others have come to realize that wait times for medically necessary treatment cannot be resolved without substantive reform to the Medicare program. While things might get better in those areas where attention is focused, the prospects for improvement overall are limited under the structure of Medicare we have today. Read more...
Two Nations Suffer from a Lack of Health-Care Options
think our health-care system is tops just as some Americans believe theirs to be superior, though for very different reasons.