Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Back in 1962, Saskatchewan patients and doctors rose up to defend their individual freedom against socialism’s stealthy constitutional attack. In the end, legislation passed forcing them to surrender their freedom to government control and the doctor/patient relationship became a prisoner to the socialist philosophy. Across Canada, there is a constant barrage of constitutional attacks by political […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How does a request to examine the concerns of doctors facing intimidation within a public health care system morph into a Health Services Preferential Access Inquiry? Oh, wait a minute, the answer to that question is worth more than 10 million. The Alberta government is now conducting a public inquiry into allegations of queue-jumping within […]

This month Medicare supporters are celebrating the anniversary of one of the most widely recognized social programs in our country. Fifty years ago health care in Saskatchewan became a socialized commodity to be bought and sold by government under the banner of Medicare. Warnings about the dangers of socialized medicine came from doctors and patients […]

The government of Saskatchewan is choosing 86 patients with multiple sclerosis from a pool of more than 650 applicants hoping for a spot in a US clinical trial for the Liberation Treatment. Since its debut in 2009, many Canadian MS patients have travelled thousands of miles and paid thousands of dollars to access this treatment in the […]

An editorial on Parking-centred health care recently appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr. Rajendra Kale, a neurologist in Ottawa, shares his views about the unfairness of patients having to pay for parking while at the hospital. He believes that parking fees are a barrier to health care and can interfere with the quality […]

Last week I attended the Vancouver town hall on rebuilding Medicare. It’s one of five public events, make that six with the recent addition of Québec City, being hosted by the Canadian Medical Association and Maclean’s magazine. Many people, including some doctors and nurses, are calling for an expansion of Medicare to provide coverage for […]



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