Medicare

Doctors perform surgery at a private medical clinic in Vancouver

Medicare on trial as private Vancouver clinic challenges coverage rules

A lawsuit that begins today in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver has the potential to fundamentally change the way Canadians access health care. Dr. Brian Day, who operates a private surgical centre in...

Liberal leader Bob Rae calls Harper government "dictatorial"

Liberal leader Bob Rae lambasted the Conservatives for "command and control" leadership on oilsands, health care and Aboriginal rights in a Vancouver speech.

Palliative in BC: a daughter's view of the health care system

In November 2011, my mother was labelled palliative...

A call for a universal drug plan for Canada

National health insurance challenge: one in six BC residents too poor to pay for prescription drugs, a new report in Canadian Medical Association Journal says, calling for change.

The future of Canada's health care at stake: Maude Barlow warns of privatization and high-cost drugs

It's more than just a simple funding formula: changes proposed by the Harper government could change Canadian health care in fundamental ways, warns Council of Canadians' Maude Barlow.

Premiers united in opposition to Conservatives' 'unilateral' health care decision

Premiers say they will band together to get the federal government back at the health care table, but will Ottawa budge from its increasingly tough stance?

Canada's health care: premiers gather in Victoria to discuss system's future

What does the future hold for health care? With Canada's health accord expiring in 2014, the country's premiers are meeting to discuss plans for medicare. VO is live-blogging from the meetings.

Conservatives to slowly gut Ottawa's health-care support

Ottawa is gradually slashing its role in medicare – passing ball to provinces, the federal budget watchdog reveals.

Strengthening Canadian health care

Three distinct and unrelated groups made important public statements today about the Canadian health care system. All of them represent a meaningful effort at stimulating a thoughtful discussion....