Michael Rachlis MD

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The Globe agrees. Health care costs are moderating!

2 November 2012, 3:16 PM

The Globe and Mail’s lead editorial from yesterday agrees that health care costs are moderating. I hope this will lead to a new focus on the innovations which demonstrate we can preserve and enhance our publicly funded system.

Hear my interview with Matt Galloway

31 October 2012, 6:08 PM

Hear my interview with CBC’s Matt Galloway on Toronto’s Metro Morning.

Health Care costs not out of control, says new CIHI report

30 October 2012, 8:13 PM

See my new slide deck on Health Care spending trends in Canada from today’s release of the Canadian Institute for Health Information 2012 report. Health Care costs are not out of control! Let’s talk about fixing medicare’s real problems with quality, innovation and Tommy Douglas’s Second Stage of medicare.

Let's have that Adult Conversation about Medicare

14 October 2012, 11:32 PM

I have an op ed in today’s Toronto Star replying to Globe columnist Jeffrey Simpson, former Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge, and others who say Canadians are too immature for the adult conversation we need to have about medicare. Simpson’s new book “Condition Critical: Why Canada’s health-care system needs to be dragged into the 21st century” is better than most centre-right critiques of medicare. But, his analysis is superficial and he omits key facts. He doesn’t seem to have heard of the quality agenda in health care and as result his analysis of the wait list issue is wholly inadequate. He hardly mentions public sector options to reduce wait times. Like others he fails to note either the Queensway surgicentre, North America’s largest out of hospital surgical facility, or Winnipeg’s Pan am Clinic. (You can read more about these innovative centres in a 2007 paper I co-authored.) And he implies support for user fees ten times before he dismisses them near the end of the book.

So let’s start the grown up conversation about medicare with public sector solutions. To quote Tommy Douglas, “It’s not too late to make a better world.”

"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.

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