Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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 […]

Many academics, researchers and medical professional associations have worked diligently at changing the perception of drug addiction from that of an “illness” to a “chronic disease” like diabetes and heart disease. This is why supplying drugs to drug addicts is now considered health care and why addicts are being misled into believing they have a […]

Prohibited from purchasing private health insurance in Alberta, patients Darcy Allen and Richard Cross were forced to leave Canada to access medically necessary services in the United States. Both patients filed legal cases claiming the Alberta Government’s monopoly on health care infringes on their Charter “right to life, liberty and security of the person”. The […]

Efforts to blur the meaning of rights started gathering steam in the aftermath of WWII with a Universal Declaration of Human Rights document put forward by the United Nations (UN). The preamble, which states that everyone should be free from want, is an indication that at some point their ideological train is going to start […]

Health authorities in the Canadian health care system often tell us that patients who really need diagnostic tests get access to them right away. Last month a patient in British Columbia was told he would have to wait months on a list for a colonoscopy. A week after Roman Cremonese filed a suit in small claims court […]

Two patient cases challenging the Alberta government’s monopoly on health care will be heard at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary on June 25, 2013. I’m making the trip from Saskatchewan to Alberta because I want to hear firsthand the government’s argument for upholding legislation that prohibits individuals from acting in the best interest […]

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) celebrated its third annual STOP! Clean Your Hands Day on May 6, 2013. On this day, public hospitals across the country encourage their health care providers to wash their hands to reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections. I would have thought that health care professionals working in hospitals know when and […]

What if a medical product that was supposed to help your condition ended up causing you harm? In 2010 Health Canada issued an advisory to hospitals and doctors warning about serious post-operative complications with transvaginal mesh. This information came too late for Stephanie Brad, a Saskatchewan woman who received a transvaginal mesh implant in 2006 to […]

Contract disputes and strikes are commonplace in universal health care systems throughout the world whether it’s Canada, the UK, Australia, Brazil, Greece, South Africa or India. Wherever government controls access to doctors and hospitals you’ll find patients who are caught in the middle of disputes over rising prices and declining quality. Here in Canada, contract negotiations between […]



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