Health & Education

What’s Next for Pharmacare?

As pharmacare was a major election issue, and the re-elected Liberal government has promised to implement a national pharmacare program in accordance with the Hoskins report, Before the Bell assembled a panel of experts and stakeholders to discuss what options the government may be exploring.

Before the Bell Guest Lineup for a Discussion on What’s Next for Pharmacare

Before the Bell returns next Thursday, November 14th to discuss what everyone expects to be a key priority for our next government – a national Pharmacare plan. Guests appearing on Before the Bell include: Dr. Seema Nagpal vice president science and policy with Diabetes Canada, Joelle Walker vice president public affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Dr. Jennifer Shulman partner KPMG,

Public Education on the New Cannabis Products

As cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals are being legalized, Sixth Estate’s Spotlight hosted a panel of experts to discuss the new risks and regulatory challenges separate from the existing cannabis market, and the public education initiatives underway in the country when it comes to these products.

OPINION | Evidence in Action

Edible cannabis products, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals will be legal on October 17,.
Canadians need the facts to make informed choices about these products

Cannabis in Canada

By Dale Smith Whether or not you’re suddenly consuming marijuana as of one second past midnight on October 17th, the legalization of weed in Canada will affect your life. On the eve of cannabis legalization, Sixth Estate’s Spotlight series discussed the ramifications of the change, and what Canadians should realistically expect and prepare for. Host Catherine

Universal Pharmacare: Prescribing a Solution

By Dale Smith A 2015 poll shows that 91 percent of Canadians support implementing a universal pharmacare program, which is likely to make this a topic that will be grabbing attention during next year’s federal election. Before the Bellhosted a panel of experts to discuss the options currently under discussion, the costs involved, and the

OPINION | Getting it right on Pharmacare

By Pamela Fralick, President, Innovative Medicines Canada It has often been cited that Canada is the only major western country with a national Medicare system that does not include some version of a national public drug plan. Last year, more than 620 million prescriptions were filled by Canadians. Pharmaceuticals are the most frequently used therapeutic

Renewing emphasis on health systems integration

While health care systems across Canada are testing innovations to improve care and save costs, they have a hard time getting widespread adoption across the country. Before the Bell spoke with a panel of experts and stakeholders to discuss what where some of the problems with adoption lie, and why it can be so difficult for good ideas to spread throughout the system.

OPINION | What will it take to leap forward and re-design health systems in Canada?

Years of the health systems transformation conversation have led to one resounding conclusion: pretty much everyone agrees things need to change. And we even agree on some changes we need to improve patient experience, population health and work life of health-care providers while containing costs. So why don’t we to make the significant leaps forward

OPINION | Reconciliation: a path forward for better Indigenous health

Indigenous peoples are highly diverse populations whose health is affected by all the same kinds of determinants as other people in Canada. But in addition, a complex history of colonialism and racism has had a substantial and ongoing impact on the types and rates of injuries and illnesses in these communities as well as access