[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. […]
Entries Tagged as 'health care costs'
February 22nd, 2014 · Dr. Vanessa Brcic · 3 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance
January 23rd, 2014 · Dr. Vanessa Brcic · 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 […]
January 13th, 2012 · Seth Klein · Comments Off on Making health care funding sustainable · Health care
The BC Legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Health is currently investigating the sustainability of BC’s health care system (with a focus on demographic / aging trends), and asked for written submissions of peer-reviewed studies on the subject. Here’s what I just submitted: Submission to the BC Legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Health From: Seth Klein, […]
August 23rd, 2010 · Alan Cassels · 1 Comment · Health care
The world spent billions on medication and vaccine stockpiles because the World Health Organization cried wolf. If the WHO cannot cleanse its ties to the industrialists hungry for profits in exaggerating the severity of disease in order to sell treatments, why should we ever again listen to anything they say?
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August 12th, 2010 · Alan Cassels · 1 Comment · Health care
I have said this before and this recent research begs me to say this again: Someday we will look back on society’s zeal for checking and chemically altering our blood cholesterol in the same way we now regard blood letting and purging: A medical barbarity that good science cannot support.
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September 3rd, 2009 · Keith Reynolds · 2 Comments · Economy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance
It appears when it comes to the heavy lifting of cutting spending in BC, not all public agencies are equal. The February Budget documents stated that: To ensure that health services are protected in the current economic environment, the Ministry of Health Services and health authorities will be required to achieve efficiencies and administrative savings […]
May 4th, 2009 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on A Framework for Enhancing Home Support in BC · Health care
Home support is an important element of the broader home and community care system, which unfortunately tends to get overlooked in many health care discussions. Home support serves an important dual purpose: it improves the quality of life of vulnerable citizens by allowing them to continue living independently in their own homes and it enables […]
May 1st, 2009 · Iglika Ivanova · Comments Off on Seniors' care concerns should be taken seriously in this election · Health care
Access to residential care beds for seniors was dubbed “an election hotspot” by CTV early last week, and for good reasons. The party that forms government after May’s election will have to deal with the pressures that the aging population would put on the already strained system of seniors’ care in BC. Fundamentally, providing an […]
April 8th, 2009 · Keith Reynolds · Comments Off on Docs call for more attention to addiction · Health care, Housing & homelessness
The BC Medical Association released an important report at the end of March. The Vancouver Sun gave it good coverage, but overall it didn’t get the attention it deserved. Stepping Forward: Improving Addiction Care in BC raises a lot of issues worth talking about in an election. The report estimates there are 400,000 British Columbians […]
March 21st, 2009 · Colleen Fuller · Comments Off on Contracting Out: Enough to make you sick · Health care
There is now an accumulation of evidence, both international and domestic, that contracting out is good — but only if you happen to own shares in MDS, Sodexho, LifeLabs, Compass, Aramark or any number of other piggybackers. Unfortunately, if you are merely a patient, taxpayer and/or hospital worker you are probably getting sicker, paying more […]