Révolution sociosanitaire : tout le pouvoir aux CLSC

L’IRIS publiait une étude proposant une révolution complète du le système de santé et de services sociaux du Québec. Les médias ont surtout retenu la proposition visant à faire des médecins des salarié·e·s, mais il ne s’agit que d’une des idées dans l’ensemble de celles que nous avons formulées pour…
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Wall expands private pay clinics despite warning from Feds

The Saskatchewan government’s controversial for-profit MRI plan has now drawn the ire of the federal government. Federal health minister Jane Philpott has written to Provincial Health Minister Jim Reiter, telling him she would like Saskatchewan to “put an end” to encouraging private payment for medical scans. “While the ‘two for…
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The biggest source of waste in Canadian health care? The private, for-profit sector

Brian Day’s legal battle against universal public health care in Canada is now before the BC Supreme Court. Day—along with other would-be profit-makers—are hawking unprecedented privatization as the solution to challenges in Canada’s health care system. But two crucial facts are often missed in debates about public vs. private health…
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Pressing the reset button: A progressive vision for Ontario

The Ontario government has prorogued the provincial legislature, returning September 12 with a new throne speech. The impending throne speech has been cast as government “pressing the reset button” following a recent by-election loss and ongoing controversies such as election finance scandals, hydro privatization, and high hydro bills. Each of…
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Burdened by Indicators

IRIS recently published a study on health system indicators. While the topic might seem a little dry, it helps advance IRIS’s thinking on how corporate governance is being introduced in Quebec. Over the years, through our analysis of the evolution of the Quebec health system, we have come to understand…
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Did local community service centres (CLSCs) fail or did the Quebec Health Department forsake them?

In an interview that aired on Radio-Canada, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette invoked the “failure” of the “initial concept of CLSCs” to justify significant activities and resources being transferred from local community service centres (CLSCs) to family medicine groups (FMGs). The Minister’s statement suggests that CLSCs are primarily responsible for this…
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The TPP and the cost of drugs

Today WikiLeaks posted the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) intellectual property chapter hammered out at the TPP ministerial meeting in Atlanta last weekend. While the chapter is not as bad as previous leaked drafts, and falls short of the most extreme demands from the brand-name drug industry and…
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