Why public health care needs to be an election issue

Dr. Chris Simpson, President, Canadian Medical Association

Internal government polls indicate that health care remains the number one concern for Canadians. Click on the following link to become informed about some of the challenges that face the next government, such as the rising price of drugs, and the ability of aging baby boomers to cope with health care costs.


Princeton and Area Residents Benefit from Shared Care Pilot Project

Although this project has been reported earlier on this website, it’s nice to see Doctors of BC recognizing its success and the positive impact it has on our community. Let’s hope the program spreads to other rural remote communities in our province.

(from Doctors of BC news release)

Shared Care initiative doubles access to specialists in rural BC
AUGUST 27, 2015

Patients in Princeton and the surrounding area are benefiting from a new partnership that increases access to specialty care for rural patients.

A Shared Care Project team including family physicians, specialists, Interior Health staff, and others, have been working together to expand specialty outreach clinics in the small town of Princeton. For Princeton patients, accessing specialist care has required at least three hours of travel through mountainous terrain to Penticton and other larger centres. As a result of the project, access to specialists has almost doubled over a one-year period and now spans 11 specialty areas. Continue reading

Why isn’t public health care being discussed in this election campaign?

The following article by Evan Solomon is from a recent issue of Maclean’s magazine:

Put out an alert. Send out a search party. Print a face on the side of a milk carton. Something has to happen to locate the missing campaign debate about health care. It has simply vanished.

In its place, pails of pixels are being filled trying to find out why Nigel Wright cut that $90,000 cheque to Mike Duffy. There is endless talk about a recession redux. Child care, pipelines and security issues are all eliciting Kardashian levels of political scrutiny. That’s not a bad thing. But health care has gone as silent as a Chaplin film.

“It’s a major missed opportunity for the opposition parties,” Kevin Page told me. The former parliamentary budget officer knows how fundamental this matter is to all levels of government. “Rarely do you have this much public support around an issue, and yet you don’t see it prominently displayed in any party platform,” Page says.

He’s right about public support. A recent Abacus poll found 56 per cent of voters aged 45 and over said health care is their top concern. Even 43 per cent of Millennials—those aged 18 to 29—put health care as their No. 1 issue. That’s higher than job creation, taxes, middle-class incomes and the environment. Abacus found issues such as crime and security poll no higher than 11 per cent for all ages. So why the political silence?

The answer goes back to the Lunch of 2011. In December of that year,

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CMAJ says Harper is undermining public health care

AUGUST 19, 2015 by PressProgress

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives likely won’t be receiving an endorsement from the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a prominent medical journal for peer-reviewed clinical research and health policy.

The current issue of the CMAJ features a new editorial written by Deputy Editor Dr. Matthew Stanbrook slamming the Harper Conservatives for weakening public health care in Canada.

“For much of the last decade, Canadian federal health policy has been conspicuous by its absence,” Stanbrook says, adding “in recent years, the federal government has neglected [its health care] responsibilities, even when courts have ordered them to do otherwise.” Continue reading

New Program in Princeton

Princeton has been selected as one of two communities in Interior Health for the Community Paramedicine Initiative introduced by BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS). 
Paramedics will provide primary care services within their scope of practice to increase access to basic health-care services in non-urgent settings, in partnership with local health-care providers.