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Entries Tagged as 'health care costs'

How Doctors are Paid in BC

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

  [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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Anti-poverty movement, meet the culture of medicine.

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

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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Making health care funding sustainable

January 13th, 2012 · · Comments Off · 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, […]

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The End of the H1N1 Pandemic

August 23rd, 2010 · · 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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Cholesterol drugs don’t help the healthy

August 12th, 2010 · · 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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Teeny Budget factoid

September 3rd, 2009 · · 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 […]

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A Framework for Enhancing Home Support in BC

May 4th, 2009 · · Comments Off · 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 […]

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Seniors' care concerns should be taken seriously in this election

May 1st, 2009 · · Comments Off · 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 […]

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Docs call for more attention to addiction

April 8th, 2009 · · Comments Off · 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 […]

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Contracting Out: Enough to make you sick

March 21st, 2009 · · Comments Off · 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 […]

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