COA Dispatch
Feb. 3, 2014

Hollinshead: Why this surgeon is opting out of medicare
Calgary Herald
As a Canadian born and educated physician, I have always believed all Canadians deserve a well-funded public health-care system that puts patients first by providing timely access to quality care. Unfortunately in our system, except for truly urgent and emergent care, this no longer is the case — especially for those requiring so-called elective surgery and who are forced to languish and sometimes deteriorate on waiting lists.More

Alberta wait times 2013: Healthcare wait times going the wrong direction
Huffington Post
Instead of moving closer toward their goal, Alberta Health Services is actually moving farther away from meeting its wait time targets, new numbers show. Research conducted by the Alberta Liberals and released Thursday shows that wait times in six critical categories have actually gotten longer. The figures come months after the province was scheduled to release quarterly updates on the state of health wait times in the province.More

Canadian health care better than Obamacare
Toronto Star
Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer full medicare for all is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal. In the early 1960s, President Lyndon Johnson enrolled 20 million elderly Americans into medicare in six months. There were no websites. They did it with index cards.More

Étude: Important temps d'attente aux urgences
Les Canadiens ont les temps d'attente les plus longs dans les services d'urgence par rapport aux pays les plus riches de l'OCDE, selon une étude parue lundi du Conseil canadien de la santé.More

Canadian patients wait longest to see family doctors
CBC News
Canada ranks last among 11 OECD countries in a new survey in terms of how quickly people can get in to see their regular family physicians, showing "where a person lives does matter," says the Health Council of Canada. The finding was published in the council's final bulletin, based on data from the 2013 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of the General Public.More