Federal election primer: The better medicare edition

The importance of maintaining and improving Canada’s health care system is widely acknowledged and supported. So too is the underlying vision of a universal Medicare system. Time and again, public opinion polls find that Canadians are proud of our health care system, but more work needs to be done to…
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No time to lose: Meeting Canada’s Sustainable Development Goals

Canada’s federal government has committed to working towards achieving the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development both at home and abroad. Yet the scale and scope of investments to date continue to fall considerably short of SDG targets. Implementing the 2030 Agenda requires concrete action and…
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Canadians should expect better health care for all, not settle for less

We are days away from the start of the next federal election. As political parties of all stripes take to the campaign trails, we can expect there will be a good deal of discussion about what’s to be done to fix Canada’s health care system. But when we talk about…
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Pharmacare costing: How to make universal, single-payer pharmacare work for households and employers

  Yesterday’s announcement from the The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, led by Dr. Eric Hoskins, was applauded by organizations and researchers across Canada who have long advocated for the introduction of a universal, single-payer pharmacare system. Journalists at the event, however, seemed to be focused on…
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Why high U.S. drug prices matter to Canada

In the mid-1970s the average monthly cost of a cancer drug in the United States was about $100. By 1995 that cost had crept up to about $1,800 per month and today it is over $10,000. Similarly, while drugs for multiple sclerosis introduced in the mid-1990s cost about $8,000 per…
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