Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Since my youth I have heard politicians glorify universal health care. They say it’s a system based on Canadian values and part of our Canadian identity. All political parties are guilty of using access to health care as a bartering tool for elections. While politicians like to talk about the good intentions of socialized medicine […]

We all know that health care doesn’t grow on trees. Falsely advertising Medicare as providing access to health care for all based on “need and not ability to pay” doesn’t change the underlying fact that medical goods and services cost money. Ironically, this single slogan has successfully swayed patients and doctors into buying socialized medicine. […]

A western lowland gorilla has his primary health care team at the Toronto Zoo to thank for finding him the best patient-centered care for his injured foot. Dr. Michael Bushuk, an orthopaedic surgeon from The Scarborough Hospital, performed Sadiki’s surgery on March 25, 2015. “This is a great example of the community coming together to […]

Overflowing emergency rooms, bed shortages, and hallway nursing are the norm in Canadian hospitals. Patients unable to avoid getting sick or injured are now being advised to wait at home. Another way for hospitals to make their statistics look more favorable is to change the reporting of them. The minutes of a public meeting held […]

Looking at her chiseled body it’s hard to believe that Melina Perron was once obese. Seven years ago she was a freelance photographer running a home-based business while raising two kids. She enjoyed cooking big meals for her family and spent most of her evenings working on the computer. At the time her 5-foot-2 frame […]

I don’t know why pain and suffering are part of our human condition. I do know that as individuals each of us is “a unique, unrepeatable being” which means that pain and suffering will manifest itself differently in each of our lives. I’m told my grandmother had a saying “If we all put our problems […]

I’ve invested a great deal of time and money into my health. I try to buy more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. I workout with a personal trainer at a local gym to keep my weight down and my body toned. My goal is to stay as healthy as possible and I’m willing […]

The Kilby family had just lost an angel from their lives and unanswered questions about their daughter’s death permeated their grief. Why did Terra bleed to death less than 24 hours after being discharged from the hospital? Did poor medical care contribute to this outcome? Was her death preventable? Terra Dawn Kilby was discharged from […]

Residents in Alberta can purchase private health insurance for medical services for their dogs, but it remains a crime to purchase it for themselves or members of their family. On March 31, 2014 an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench judge dismissed a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenge brought forward by patient Darcy Allen. […]

The room is filled with law students. I take a seat at one of the long tables. Today’s public presentation at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law is called A Constitutional Right to Private Health Care? Darcy Allen is here to tell us why he is legally challenging the Alberta Government’s monopoly on health […]



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