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11 things you need to know about BC Budget 2015

February 17th, 2015 · · 31 Comments · Climate change, 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 · Health care, Human rights, 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, Human rights

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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How Doctors are Paid in BC

February 22nd, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance

  [A version of this piece was posted on the Tyee] Health care is the biggest, most expensive and most important thing that government does. Hospital care swallows up a large proportion of the health care budget, but primary care in the community takes care of most patient needs and keeps people out of hospital. […]

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What you need to know about BC Budget 2014

February 18th, 2014 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Today’s 2014 BC budget contained very little news, as expected. Despite a significantly weaker economic picture for BC than what was projected in the June 2013 Budget Update, there are no new measures to help British Columbian families struggling with economic insecurity in the weak job market. Five years after the recession officially ended, BC […]

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Anti-poverty movement, meet the culture of medicine.

January 23rd, 2014 · · 4 Comments · Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The evidence for the burden of income inequality on health is plentiful and convincing, with inequity and its health impact both increasing in British Columbia in recent years. Many voices are calling for attention to poverty reduction and a living wage. But what happens when you add doctors into this conversation? Progress and challenges both. Some physicians are at the […]

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BC hospital P3 ownership moves to tax haven

November 6th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

One more of British Columbia’s public private partnerships (P3s) has headed on down the road to ownership in a European tax haven.  Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure completed deals last summer to acquire equity and loans for the Kelowna Vernon Hospital.  It is also buying out equity and loans on Alberta’s North East Stoney Trail highway […]

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BC doctors need unbiased info on prescription drugs

July 25th, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Health care

As a family physician, I need to be sure that each medication I prescribe has good evidence behind its use for my patient’s diagnosis, concurrent medical conditions, and demographic. This isn’t as straightforward as it sounds, because good evidence isn’t always easy to find. In an often polarized culture of illness and suffering in which […]

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