National Newswatch

New poll exposes key problems with any national pharmacare plan

Oct 30 2020 — Bacchus Barua — With fears related to COVID-19 and the economy running high, a new poll by the Angus Reid Institute revealed near universal support for some sort of public pharmacare plan. However, it also inadvertently revealed that, despite such support, most Canadians don’t actually need it. Conducted in partnership with a list of experts who have long […]

National pharmacare will be very expensive and likely unnecessary

Sep 22 2020 — Bacchus Barua — According to reports, the Trudeau government may unveil a national pharmacare program in Wednesday’s throne speech in Ottawa. The program may be based on last year’s Hoskins’ report, which recommended an expensive top-down Medicare-style approach that would artificially set drugs prices, restrict patient choice and limit private alternatives. Not only would such a program drive […]

Wait times in Canada longer than health report suggests

Apr 20 2015 — Bacchus Barua — You know things are bad when the best you can say is “at least it hasn’t gotten any worse.” That, essentially, is the main takeaway from the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s updated report on wait times for healthcare in Canada. The media seems to have taken the bait, though, seemingly content with CIHI’s news […]