Michael Rachlis MD

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Canadians and Americans

12 October 2009, 7:15 PM

I’m touring Alberta next week and the US Senate Finance committee may vote for a health bill

There is lots of exciting health policy doings on both sides of the border. In Ontario the Ehealth problems have caused health minister David Caplan to resign and left boards and CEOs quivering in anticipation of being the opposition’s next target.

In Alberta, the government has cut public coverage for a variety of services and is claiming the current economic crisis means the end of the single payer system. See my op-ed, “Repair Medicare, don’t privatize” in today’s Edmonton Journal: I will be speaking in several Alberta locations next week. Here’s my schedule or check with the Alberta Friends of Medicare

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It's been a busy couple of weeks on wait times.

15 May 2009, 3:16 PM

On Tuesday May 5th, I met with the New Brunswick deputy minister, Don Ferguson in Fredericton with Mike McBane, the coordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition and Debbie Lacelle, co-chairperson of the New Brunswick Health Coalition. We also met with assistant deputy ministers: Jean-Marc Depuis (Planning, sustainability, and e-health), Roberte O’Reagan, Executive Director Hospital Services, and Kelli Simmonds, Executive Director Research, Planning, Evaluation, and Policy. The meeting went very well. I gave a presentation on the application of queueing theory to reduce waits and delays in our system and then we had a frank talk about public sector solutions to wait times.

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May 5th meeting with NB Health Minister

21 April 2009, 1:38 AM

I was part of a Canadian Health Coalition delegation which requested a meeting with New Brunswick Health Minister Mike Murphy last week to discuss his province’s controversial plans for privatization. He couldn’t meet with us on April 15th but he has agreed to meet on Tuesday May 5th. I can hardly wait to meet with him and his department to inform them about the exciting public sector solutions to the province’s wait list problems. I’ll keep you posted about developments.

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