Category Archives: Health care allowances

Romanow’s nether regions

Roy Romanow recommends expanding medical services to rural communities to address the appallingly poor health of rural Canadians. This recommendation, he says, conforms to his goal of being “evidence-based and values-driven.”

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Medical savings accounts live

In a sound publicly funded medical savings account system, Canadians would receive annual health allowances based on their age and sex as well as their medical condition. These allowances, which would exceed their expected medical needs, would in most years allow Canadians to save money, which they could then use to meet medical needs that they now often cannot afford, such as prescription drugs and home care. And the system would cost the government no more than the current medicare system.

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Rise of a ‘zombie’

Put yourself in the shoes of Raisa Deber, a professor of health policy at University of Toronto and one of the medical establishment’s leading strategists and defenders of medicare as we know it. Imagine that, like her, you are rock-sure of your position. And that your peers in Canada’s medical establishment – academics and administrators who have the ear of government bureaucrats – overwhelmingly share your perspective, particularly about the evils of anything that smacks of private sector involvement in health care.

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