Issue 6, May 2007
The Human Face of Healthcare
When health administrators, politicians, health economists or policy experts of any persuasion provide commentary on the state of our health care system, we are presented with numbers – enormous numbers quite often. Five million Canadians don’t have a family physician, twenty three thousand die each year from in-hospital errors, two million Canadians are waiting to see a specialist, to get an MRI, or to have surgery. Read more...
Patient Focused Funding
Canada is now the only remaining OECD country that funds public hospitals almost exclusively through block budgets. Block funding was popularized in the early 1970s as a means of simplifying hospital reimbursement by governments. In that pre-computer era, when waiting lists did not exist, there were reasonable arguments for this. However, times have changed, and we must rediscover what I prefer to call Patient Focused Funding (PFF). Read more...
Time to face the truth about healthcare
Post-Second World War Canada adopted a plan for a national health-care system based on the principal of universal health care. In reaction to gigantic increases in health-care costs, governments were forced to dump billions of dollars annually into efforts to supply "free" health care for the mega-rich and the tragically poor. Few want to see public health care fail, but it is already failing for those languishing six months to three years on waiting lists. Read more...