At last. We have the best plan ever on health care with the recent report by Dr. John Ross. And the government has accepted all his recommendations to stream patients away from overcrowded emergency rooms through ER reforms, collaborative care clinics and in other ways. But what now?
Here's the skeptical argument first, from my Deep Throat in the system, an ER doctor with many scars from the bad old days of politicized health care. Notably, as a consultant, he was involved in the Alberta reforms of a few years ago -- similar to what's being proposed here -- that now seem to be coming apart because of political bungling.
One thing about our health care system in Nova Scotia: It produces good reports on what to do. It's doing it that's the problem. Now, at the end of a string of studies going back a decade and a half, the one by Dr. John Ross on emergency care nails it once and for all. If nothing happens now, we're really in trouble.
It's been a year and a half since I left off writing about the crucial, politically charged and bureaucratically overwrought subject of health care, awaiting developments with the new government. Recently, I've been looking for signs of where we're at.
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The Harper government's anti-democratic actions have been so numerous, it's easy to lose track of them.
I almost forgot, for instance, about the way it clamped down on that little bird-watching group in southwestern Ontario, putting its charitable status under surveillance after the group raised concerns about government-approved chemicals damaging bee colonies.
It's that time of year. The holiday season, when people seem to be divided over embracing the joy of the season or counting down the days until January 2 with clenched teeth. I admit I am in the latter camp. While I accept that many lovely things happen for people at this time of year, my eye is drawn more to the less-spoken-of underbelly -- the slogans of goodwill that obscure the social inequality so many people face.
Keep Health Care Public! tells the story of the Harper government's massive attack on public health care and medicare in Canada. There will be $36 billion taken out of public health care!
Hear Maude Barlow, Paul Moist, Rosalee Longmoore, Larry Hubich, Erin Weir, Dr. Ryan Meili talk about how we can fight back.