Category Archives: Health Insurance

Sorry Mr. Trump, Canadian Health Care is Not Working

As is often the case in U.S. politics—though normally on the Democratic side of the aisle—Canada’s health care system was raised as a functioning alternative to the American model. Specifically, GOP front-runner Donald Trump described Canada’s health care system as working just fine. The facts are markedly different from Mr. Trump’s description. Canada suffers from […]

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Conservative Think Tank: 10 Countries With Universal Health Care Have Freer Economies Than The U.S.

(Originally published January 27, 2015) Many American conservatives oppose universal health insurance because they see it as fundamentally antithetical to a free society. “If we persevere in our quixotic quest for a fetishized medical equality we will sacrifice personal freedom as its price,” wrote a guest editorialist in the ]Wall Street Journal in 2009. But according […]

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Interview – U.S. Domestic Medical Travel: SPOTLIGHT

U.S. Domestic Medical Travel, May 20, 2015 U.S. Domestic Medical Travel (USDMT): What are your thoughts on patients traveling for care to Centers of Excellence (COEs) – domestic or international? Grace-Marie Turner (GM): Today, health plans, employers and individuals are looking for ways to maximize the value of their spending on healthcare and coverage. With […]

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More than 52,000 Canadians left the country for medical care in 2014

(Originally published March 17, 2015) VANCOUVER—Large numbers of Canadians continue to venture abroad to seek medical care, according to a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The study, Leaving Canada for Medical Care, 2015, estimates 52,513 Canadians left the country to receive non-emergency medical treatment in […]

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Bacchus Barua: Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2014 Report

(Originally published November, 26 2014) This edition of Waiting Your Turn indicates that, overall, waiting times for medically necessary treatment have not improved since last year. Specialist physicians surveyed across 10 provinces and 12 specialties report a median waiting time of 18.2 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment. This wait time […]

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