Friday, November 17th, 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 […]

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 […]

The Globe and Mail newspaper is featuring a series of articles on Canadian health care. I find the online comments to these articles most interesting. Many people are defending our current health care system based on the political promises of Medicare and not the realities facing Canadian patients. Here’s a quick¬†reality check: Equal access based […]

The Saskatchewan government recently entered into a contract with the Omni Surgery Centre in Regina and is now finalizing one with the Saskatoon Surgicentre to provide a certain number of day surgeries for patients in the province. The contracts are good news for some of the 26,915 Saskatchewan patients currently on waiting lists in the […]

Last year, media reports kept us abreast of the people jumping Canada’s¬†health care queues for the H1N1 vaccine. Among those making the list were hospital board members and donors and professional athletes and their families. Many Canadians voiced their anger over these individuals receiving the vaccine ahead of priority groups identified by the government. This […]

It’s the voice of patients everywhere. Each day there are stories in the news about the problems with our public health care system. Patients are finally voicing their concerns and people are realizing that although no health care system is perfect ours can be better. The popular notion that our health care is “free” seems […]

When you think about our universal health care system do you ever wonder about the fairness of waiting lists, otherwise known as queues? Our politicians claim queues provide Canadians with equal access to health care. Do they really? Remember the recent outcry when hockey players and their families jumped the queue for the H1N1 flu […]



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