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"ObamaCare" and the US Supreme Court

17 July 2012, 10:09 PM

On June 27th US Supreme Court Chief Justice provided the unexpected margin of victory for a fundamental part of the President’s health care proposals. See my June 28th Toronto Star Op Ed which reflects on the implications for the USA and Canada.

Filed under Health Care Expenditures, US health reform

Canada needs to beat more countries than the US at health care

9 July 2010, 11:28 PM

Canadians tend to mock Americans’ ignorance of our country and the rest of the world. We do know more about their country than they know about ours. But we also tend to be unsophisticated when it comes to the rest of the world.

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Filed under Ontario health care, US health reform

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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Filed under Interviews, Meetings, Presentations, Travel, US health reform

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.

Filed under Interviews, US health reform

Will Godot arrive before US single Payer? More US health reform

28 July 2009, 1:49 AM

I continue to have a small supportive role in the US health debate. Unfortunately, the US seems incapable of learning the lessons that Canada and other countries have for their health policy debate. In fact, I have written an op-ed titled “What Americans could learn from the Canadian health care system and why you probably won’t” that should be in a major American daily shortly. Stay posted.

July 20, 2009, I was featured in an economics blog written by Ian Austen, the New York Times Canadian reporter. Interestingly the Times Canadian reporter no longer lives in Canada. Check out “Should Canada’s Health System Become More Like America’s?” by Ian Austen.

I was also quoted in a two part series on Canadian health care in the St. Petersburg Times:

July 19, 2009:
“Oh, Canada, where health care for all 33 million is free”

And July 20, 2009:
“Caring for homeless helps Canada hold down health care costs”

In the meantime, if you’re an American, good luck with the daunting task of trying to get even a public option out of the American health policy debate. It looks like a single payer system may never be seriously considered.  If you’re a Canadian, thank your stars we have our Medicare! Enjoy the nice weather while it’s here.

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