OPSEU Diablogue: Thank you Danielle for reminding us what this country is worth

It wasn’t one of her three big ideas to improve health care, but it was a brief moment of brilliance. During Monday’s RamsayTalks at the University of Toronto, Dr. Danielle Martin had just been asked by the Rotman School’s Mark Stabile how she … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Significant risks face Ontario’s plan to shift hospital services to private clinics

Dr. Danielle Martin looks uncomfortable discussing the government’s recent plan to move hospital services into so-called specialty clinics. On the one hand the VP of Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital sees patients every day who she believes could be better served … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Wednesday: Medical Reform Group roundtable to examine controversial policy

The government’s decision to have hospitals compete with independent health facilities for the right to deliver services ranging from cataracts to colonoscopies is among the most controversial health care decisions to emerge recently from the Wynne government. The Ontario Health … Continue reading →

Susan on the Soapbox: The Carpay Decision and a Canary

One can’t help but feel Dr Allen’s pain. In fact many of us have felt Dr Allen’s pain, although not to such a debilitating degree. Dr Allen is a 36 year old dentist from Okotoks. In Dec 2007 he injured his back playing hockey. He spent all of 2008 and part of 2009 doing the ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Martin scores big on frustration of Canadians waiting to see our health system defended in the U.S.

It must have truly hurt The National Post to admit that Canadian doctor Danielle Martin “held her own” before a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing earlier this month on comparative health systems. Albeit the NP’s Tristan Hopper did say she did … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Debate should be about better public care, not defending status quo

Dr. Danielle Martin calls it a “trap.” Opponents of Medicare argue that privatization or two-tier health care is the answer to the problems that face Canada’s health system. The trap is to get caught defending the status quo in that … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Pharmacare increasingly on the agenda – two upcoming events

In 2007 we attended SOS Medicare II, a high-profile national conference in Regina looking at the unfinished Medicare agenda. Tommy Douglas’ original vision for Medicare extended far beyond what we have in Canada today. Once the envy of the world, … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: When the shift hits the fan

Dr. Danielle Martin has practically catalogued the various attacks on Canada’s Medicare system over the last two decades. The Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare says that while the arguments continually “shift,” the prescription from the right is always the … Continue reading →