OPSEU Diablogue: Picard blames health professionals for slow pace of “reform”

How can we improve Canada’s health system? Blaming the professionals who deliver care defies logic. You may be very surprised to learn that one prominent journalist says the biggest obstacles to health care reform are the people who deliver it … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Poking the beast – “P” word missing from reform talk

The problem with discussing health care sustainability is there is no definition of what that means. Data would suggest that our health care spending is not out of control – the so-called cost curve has already been bent. Past increases … Continue reading →

False positive: private profit in Canada's health care: Legal Abstractions and For-Profit Delivery

The categories we use to make sense of the world structure how we act. In his April 17th column Andre Picard, the health reporter for Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper, repeated one the most misleading justifications for more for-profit health care: most of the system is already private.  After all, as Picard points out, many ...

Song of the Watermelon: What Obama Should Say If His Health Bill Loses in Court

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform bill, had its three days in the Supreme Court last week, and by most accounts it did not go very well. Nothing is certain until the Court delivers its ruling in June. But if it does declare the bill unconstitutional, this ...