Opinion

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

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 | 100 Days to Cannabis Regulation: Are we ready to Guide the Conversation with Young Canadians on Cannabis?

In approximately 100 days, Canada will legalize, regulate and restrict access to non-medical cannabis use. This transformation in our drug policy will require an intense educational campaign to inform Canadians, particularly young people, about the effects of cannabis use. After alcohol, cannabis is one of the most frequently used substances among Canadian youth, with 20.6%

Inaugural Issue of The Review Available Now

  Sixth Estate published its inaugural edition of The Review today and has made it available free for download from the Sixth Estate web site. The Review will be published six times a year and features insight and opinions on the topics that Before the Bell examines in its live journalism shows. This edition looks

Progress report on health

At a Before the Bell session on Tuesday morning in Ottawa, a panel of stakeholders discussed the Trudeau government’s record on healthcare. A second panel of stakeholders spoke about challenges facing their sectors, and how they reflect the different aspects of the government’s priorities going forward.

OPINION | Sunny ways to better healthcare: Taking the pulse on medicare

Contributed to the Sixth Estate The good news for Canadian Medicare enthusiasts is that Ottawa now has a pulse! Following more than a decade of disentanglement or laissez faire federal health policies, we have a federal government and have had a Minster for Health that cares about Medicare. The federal government has committed to a

OPINION | Future vision: The challenge of preserving vision in an aging population

Contributed to the Sixth Estate We depend on our eyesight for virtually every activity we do, yet we rarely give thought to the implications of losing vision. However, this is the reality for the approximately 500,000 Canadians who live daily with vision loss that impacts their quality of life. Another 50,000 Canadians develop vision loss

OPINION | Wake up and smell the tea leaves: Advice for Canada

Amy Karam argues that a comprehensive plan is needed for a successful trade deal with China and the answer may just be marketing 101.