Michael Rachlis MD

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Toronto needs to re-examine its priorities

9 January 2012, 3:16 AM

Today, I participated in a press conference at Toronto city Hall to highlight the health risks from the impending city budget cuts. The press conference was organized by Russ Ford, executive director of LAMP (Lakeshore Area Multiservice Project) and Dr. Roy Male a family doctor at Regent Park Community Health Centre also spoke. In my statement I had three messages for the Mayor and Council:

1.      Toronto faces serious health issues now, before any cuts to existing programs

2.      The proposed cuts would make the current situation worse

3.      There are alternatives that must be considered before we compromise the health and well-being of Toronto’s citizens

Read the City report on proposed cuts. You can follow the ongoing coverage at the Toronto Star’s City budget site.

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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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A Canadian doctor diagnoses US healthcare

4 August 2009, 2:23 AM

You can read my op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times, “Canadian doctor diagnoses US healthcare”. It has five lessons for the US from the Canadian system. For further historical and political analysis of the Canadian health system’s achievements and challenges see Completing the Vision: Achieving the Second Stage of Medicare.

You can also find an interview I did with Stuart Varney of the Fox Business Network on July 30th.

Best wishes from Toronto on Simcoe Day, honouring John Graves Simcoe, the first British Governor of Lower Canada — what is now Ontario. Your Canadian factoid for today: Simcoe led the new Colonial Assembly to pass the first anti-slavery legislation in the British Empire in 1793.

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US Health Care Reform?

16 July 2009, 1:31 AM

I hope you’re all enjoying summer. During the past year, I have been a minor player in the US health debate. I did a teleconference June 16th with 200 folks from Progressive Democrats of America. Download my slide presentation on what Americans can learn from the Canadian healthcare system.

I was invited to be part of a debate about the US health care system September 16, 2008 at Rockefeller University NYC. My team included the 2008 winner of the Nobel Economics prize and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and Emory University Professor Dr. Art Kellerman. We won! You can watch my presentation below, or watch the entire debate on YouTube.

And, here is a link to an interview with TV Ontario’s Steve Paikin I did on May 14, 2009.

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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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