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Entries Tagged as 'Health care'

Time to rethink BC’s surgical waitlist strategy

April 26th, 2016 · · No Comments · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

By Andrew Longhurst, Marcy Cohen and Dr. Margaret McGregor Have you had to wait months for surgical consultation, let alone the surgery itself? If so, you’re not alone. British Columbians are waiting an unacceptable amount of time to receive the care they need. Since 2010, surgical wait times have increased significantly for key procedures, including […]

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Spotlight on health care austerity: seniors’ residential care

October 30th, 2015 · · 4 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Seniors

Let’s break down changes in health care spending by age group. You might think that as overall health care spending in BC has gone up, we would see bigger jumps for those over age 65. But this is not the case – indeed, quite the opposite. This figure shows the change in health care spending per […]

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Austerity comes to BC’s health care system

October 29th, 2015 · · 5 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Seniors

For many years, BC’s health care system escaped the austerity imposed on other parts of the public sector. No longer. While total dollars allocated to health care are still increasing somewhat, those increases are not sufficient to keep up with cost drivers in the system, leading to a real reduction in health care services. This needs […]

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Why my dad and I will vote for health

October 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Democracy, Election commentary, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services

As a family physician, the most important way I can help (and not harm) my patients, is to vote for healthcare in this election.

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Evidence is in: privately funded health care doesn’t reduce wait times

June 14th, 2015 · · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

Current public dialogue is full of questions about what kind of innovation or “revamping” the health system needs. In this context, as a physician, I am compelled to apply principles of evidence-based practice to the public vs. private debate: Will Brian Day’s plan to expand privately funded health care in BC shorten wait lists and […]

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11 things you need to know about BC Budget 2015

February 17th, 2015 · · 31 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

1. Budget 2015 ends the claw-back on child support payments for single parents on welfare. This is estimated to put $13 million in the hands of some of the poorest British Columbians. It’s a good step forward, but it is very very small. $13 million is three hundredths of one percent of the provincial budget. […]

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Ok, Let’s Talk.

January 29th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Ok, Let’s Talk. · Health care, Law & legal issues

Yesterday was Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015.  You might have heard about it.  According to Bell, a record 122,150,772 Bell Let’s Talk tweets, texts, calls, and shares on January 28, 2015 translated into a new donation of $6,107,538 to mental health initiatives. Let’s Talk is a multi-year campaign focused on four “action pillars” related to […]

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The BC Human Rights Commission and Mental Health

December 10th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Health care

In BC the human rights of people experiencing mental illness are routinely violated through the use of Section 28 under the BC Mental Health Act which is implemented when a person is thought to be a danger to themselves or others. A recent Globe and Mail article indicated that these apprehensions in BC (frequently initiated […]

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Solidarity and Persistence in the Welfare Food Challenge

October 21st, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare

My clinical, community, and research work revolves around the relationship between poverty and health. I am privileged to hear the stories of patients who are struggling. I get it, I think to myself, and I’m committed to making a change. Do I need to do the welfare food challenge to help me do this? Probably […]

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Underneath the legal drama: The ethics of for-profit health care in BC

August 26th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

One of the most important constitutional trials in Canadian history was set to begin on September 8, 2014 before the BC Supreme Court. Dr. Day, owner of the for-profit Cambie Surgical Centre says he is fighting for the freedom of patients who are victims of “medical enslavement”, while making generous and unlawful profits well above […]

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