ChristianGovernance eletter – August 16, 2012
How do we get real health care reform?
An Ontario woman is fighting for patients’ rights, arguing that age, illness or disability should not preclude the best possible medical care. As an Ottawa Citizen article this week reports, she’s the daughter of an Ottawa man who died last month after a doctor at the Ottawa Hospital won the right to withhold life-prolonging treatment.
National Post – November 22, 2010
Alberta’s cookie craver munches while health care crumbles
By Kevin Libin
The sly comparison to Marie Antoinette’s apocryphal cake quip has probably been made somewhere; watching the bizarre video, which went viral over the weekend, of Alberta’s health czar insisting his enjoyment of a cookie take precedence over questions about an erupting emergency room crisis makes the parallel too tempting not to draw.
We know that there are huge inefficiences in Canada’s medical systems and we support private, for-profit health care delivery. But we get very queezy about the idea of ideology and human rights dictating the terms and conditions of medical care as in the case of Quebec, reported in the article below. That would be adding one problem on top of another rather than providing a genuine solution.
National Post – November 18, 2010
Wait-Time Problem Continues to Fester
By Tom Blackwell
The Globe and Mail – November 10, 2010
Nobody should profit from health care? Get real
By Karen Selick
Office supply stores sell wooden pencils for as little as eight cents each. Swanky gift shops also sell pencils: gold-filled and priced as high as $1,400. Both pencils will make marks on paper, but they have another less obvious similarity: Both create a profit for their respective retailers, and for every intermediate link in the supply chain – from the tree-cutter or the gold miner to the manufacturer and the shipper.
National Post – November 5, 2010
MRI services blur lines on for-profit health care
By Tom Blackwell
NewsWithViews.com – November 6, 2010
Organized Crime’s Involvement in Government Health Care
By Jim Kouri, CPP
During the intense debate regarding passage of ObamaCare by Democrat lawmakers, very little if any mention was made of the potential for organized crime to infiltrate the medical services industry and those companies involved with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other enterprises ripe for crime groups to milk. Even when the topic of health care fraud is addressed, most examples given are fraud and abuse cases perpetrated by individual health care workers, patients or government employees.
The Ottawa Citizen – November 4, 2010
Emergency room moved to parking lot at Ontario hospital
By Lee Greenberg
TORONTO — An overcrowded Ontario hospital has moved some of its overflow emergency room operations to an unlikely location — the parking lot. The Credit Valley hospital, in suburban Mississauga, said it renovated an ambulance bay to accommodate “spikes” in demand like those that happened during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. The renovations include “heating and other necessary utilities for patient care,” according to an email from Krista Finlay, a hospital spokeswoman.
National Post – Oct. 25, 2010
Editorial: Health care choice for all
From Saskatchewan, cradle of medicare, comes news that members of the Roughriders football club there are able to queue-jump public MRI waiting lists by paying $4,500 to cover their scan and two others.
National Post – Oct. 21, 2010
Injured Roughriders receive MRI in 48 hours for $4,500
By Tom Blackwell