Canadian Health Coalition

NEWS

2014

NWT residents defend medicare as accord expires  Northern Journal, April 21, 2014
New health care funding has northerners worried about future care  APTN National News, April 17, 2014
Canada’s world class health care in Jeopardy?  Lethbridge Herald, April 15, 2014
We won’t have Medicare 2.0 without federal leadership, says Alex Himelfarb  Blog, April 14, 2014
Canada May Be Heading Down “Slippery Slope” Toward US-Style Health Care  Huffington Post, April 14, 2014
National Medicare Tour warns about Health Accord not being re-negotiated  Medicine Hat News, April 14, 2014
BC seniors call for federal leadership to strengthen public health care  Revelstoke Current, April 13, 2014
The mean test: Have we stopped caring about Canada’s most vulnerable?  Toronto Star, April 12, 2014
Canada needs to renew health care plan, coalition urges  Metroland News, April 10, 2014
Two ways to save national medicare: change course or change government  iPolitics, April 9, 2014
Quebec election result raises hopes for a renewed focus on health care  Montreal Gazette, April 9, 2014
Yukon event presented by Alternatives North—Cdn. Health Coalition  Media Release, April 9, 2014
Coalition hosts meeting on healthcare threats at Sri Ayyappa Samajan temple  Scarborough Mirror, April 8, 2014
Why Canada’s pricey health-care accord was worth it: Walkom  Toronto Star, April 7, 2014
When is a 6% increase not a 6% increase? If it’s the Canada Health Transfer  Globe and Mail, April 4, 2014
10 health stories that mattered this week  CMAJ News, April 4, 2014
Protests mark the expiry of the health accord  CanIndia News, April 4, 2014
Renew health accord, says coalition  Niagarathisweek.com, April 3, 2014
Health care can be better, but not through lawsuits & 2-tier care  Friends of Medicare Op-Ed, April 2, 2014 | DECISION
Alberta rules against private health insurance claim in clash with Supreme Court  National Post, April 2, 2014
Expiry of health-care deal sparks concern over drug costs  Canadian Press, April 1, 2014
Chinese Language article on Health Accord  Singtao News, April 1, 2014
Communities sound alarm as Health Accord Expires  Petrolia Topic, April 1, 2014
OpEd: Canada’s healthcare system needs an unbiased watchdog  Toronto Star, April 1, 2014
Decision: Allen v Her Majesty the Queen Court of the Queen’s Bench of Alberta, March 31, 2014
Inquiétude à la fin de l’accord fédéral-provincial sur la santé  La Presse Canadienne, 31 mars 2014
Fin de l’Accord fédéral-provincial sur la santé: des groupes manifestent &nbspLa Presse, 31 mars 2014
Sask. Health Coalition slams feds for letting Health Accord expire  CBC News, March 31, 2014
Alberta sees funding jump with end to health accord  Edmonton Journal, March 31, 2014
Doc outlines cure for health system  Ottawa Sun, March 31, 2014
Canada’s 10 year old Health Accord expired today prompting protests across the country  CBC News, March 31, 2014
Special Ottawa luncheon with former CMA president Dr. Jeff Turnbull  HealthCoalition.ca Webcast, March 31, 2014
Cdns. Want Federal Leadership in Health Care: Nat’l Day of Action Starts Campaign for New Health Accord  EIN News, March 31, 2014
Chinese Language Interview on Health Accord with host Michael Shiu  Fairchild Radio Toronto, March 31, 2014
Chinese Language article on Health Accord  World Journal Daily News, March 31, 2014
Expiry of health care accord sparks fears  CBC Radio World at Six, March 31, 2014
Calls grow for leadership as national health accord expires  Ottawa Citizen, March 31, 2014
Rally held in Charlottetown to protest end of health funding system  Charlottetown Guardian, March 31, 2014
Canada Health Accord expires, prompting protest, uncertainty  CBC News, March 31, 2014
Medicare after the Accord  CBC Lang & O’Leary, March 31, 2014
It’s a sad day for Canadian health care, says Roy Romanow  Toronto Star, March 31, 2014
Events to be held across the country to mark expiry of health accord  Canadian Press, March 31, 2014
Jornada de protestas en Canadá busca nuevo acuerdo de salud  Prensa Latina, March 31, 2014
Dire prognostication with the death of the Health Accord  CMAJ, March 31, 2014
Protests across Canada to support health care, as health accord ends  Radio-Canada, March 31, 2014
Sask. Health Coalition slams feds for letting Health Accord expire  CBC News, March 31, 2014
Ottawa Morning : After ten years, the Canada Health Accord expires today.  CBC Radio, March 31, 2014
Dozens protest in Halifax calling on federal government for new health accord  Metro News, March 31, 2014
Medicare defenders set to protest as Health Accord expires  Globe and Mail, March 30, 2014
‘Super Saturday Canvas Blitz’ across Canada to save Health Accord  Toronto Sun, March 29, 2014
OpEd: Take action to protect public health care  Brandon Sun, March 29, 2014
Feds threaten public health care says local union  Sault Ste Marie Today, March 28, 2014
Cdns. want federal leadership in health care: Nat’l Day of Action starts campaign for new health accord  Northumberland View, March 28, 2014
Ottawa is slowly, stealthily getting out of health care  Globe and Mail, March 28, 2014
Why a two-tiered system won’t solve our health care woes  Globe and Mail, March 27, 2014
Health Accord expires on March 31  Petrolia News, March 27, 2014
Disheartened: Groups have dire predictions for Canada’s health accord  United Church Observer , March 27, 2014
Canadian Health Coalition responds to Winnipeg Sun  Letter to the Editor, March 27, 2014
Big pharma’s relationship with your doctor needs some U.S.-style sunshine  Globe and Mail, March 26, 2014
Private clinics misleading Ontario patients  Canadian Press, March 26, 2014
United Church calls on members to sign pledge for new medicare accord  Canadian Press, March 26, 2014
Canadians want federal leadership in health care  Media Release, March 25, 2014
Private health insurance in Canada deemed inefficient  CBC News , March 24, 2014
Health care needs PM’s commitment  The StarPhoenix, March 14, 2014
Ontario pulls the plug on pay-for-blood clinics  Toronto Star, March 14, 2014
Medicare Is On the Road to Oblivion Thanks To “Cut and Run”  National News Watch, March 12, 2014
Watch an expert teach a smug U.S. senator about Canadian healthcare  LA Times, March 12, 2014
Budget 2014 triggers Harper’s plan to dismantle national health care  The Hill Times, February 17, 2014


2013

Local coalition urges new Health Accord  Charlottetown Guardian, December 13, 2013
Canadians want future budget surpluses invested in healthcare and not tied to the economy  News Release, December 2, 2013
EU trade deal would raise Canadians’ prescription drug costs up to $1.65-billion, report warns  Globe & Mail, October 29, 2013
Private clinics under fire for charging ‘block fees’  Ottawa Citizen, October 2, 2013
Don’t stand idly by as Harper dismantles Medicares  Blog, September 20, 2013
Health Council calls for federal leadership in new report  Health Council of Canada, September 18, 2013
New health minister doesn’t mean new regime, say experts CMAJ, August 2, 2013
New poll carries stark warning to Harper  Media Release, July 24, 2013
Ottawa retreating on healthcare support  Toronto Star, July 22, 2013
Ottawa edges away from public medicare  Toronto Star, July 9, 2013
Private drug plans ‘not sustainable’ in current form, insurance exec says  Ottawa Citizen, May 25, 2013
Rethinking Drug Coverage: Time for Universal Pharmacare?  Conference Media Advisory, May 22, 2013
Canadian views on prescription drugs: New EKOS poll  Media Release, May 22, 2013
Harper government is abandoning leadership in health care  Toronto Star, April 19, 2013
Provinces ‘extremely disappointed’ by Ottawa’s axing of health council funding, Globe and Mail, April 19, 2013
Harper Cuts Funding to Canadian Health InfoWay  Chronicle Herald, April 18, 2013
Advocates condemn decision to end funding Health Council of Canada  Global News, April 18, 2013
By closing the Health Council of Canada, Stephen Harper is abandoning national medicare  Toronto Star, April 17, 2013
How do you talk to a government that hates advice?   iPolitics, April 17, 2013
Harper cut to Health Council could signal end of National healthcare  Media Release, April 16, 2013
Ottawa Hospital cuts threaten to fragment health care services, say groups  Metro News, March 12, 2013


2012

National Medicare Week: Canadians looking for federal leadership in health care Media Release, December 3, 2012
Canadian Health Coalition raises alarm over lack of federal leadership Radio Canada, December 3, 2012
Health Coalition responds to Rx&D spin on CETA and drug costs Maclean’s Magazine, November 26, 2012
CETA Trade Deal Discussion Power and Politics with Evan Solomon, November 22, 2012
Saskatchewan’s Wall slams federal cuts to refugee health CBC News, November 22, 2012
Costly extension The StarPhoenix, November 22, 2012
Canada-EU Trade Agreement: Harper negotiates higher drug costs, seniors and provinces to pay the bill  Hill Times, November 19, 2012
Health Minister abdicates her responsibilities to Trade Minister, refuses to answer CETA questions CBC Power and Politics, November 19, 2012
A national embarassment: Why does Canada trail the U.S. and EU in protecting its citizens from dangerous meds? Maclean’s Magazine, November 19, 2012
Why we need a national seniors’ drug plan Globe and Mail, November 16, 2012
Harper government caves in to Big Pharma Troy Media, November 14, 2012
Statement on the CETA trade deal from the Canadian Health Coalition Media Release, November 13, 2012
Canada prepared to offer costly drug patent concessions to clinch EU trade deal Canadian Press, November 13, 2012
Transcript of Canadian Health Coalition’s Michael McBane before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health re: their study on “innovation” in the health care system (PDF) House of Commons, November 1, 2012
Survery: Most Canadians think private health insurance will drive up costs Radio Canada International, October 31 2012
Canadians think insurance companies will drive up health care costs Media Release October 31, 2012
Dear Leona Aglukkaq: Researchers write the health minister on clinical trials Maclean’s Magazine, October 30, 2012
Why Canada should reject EU demands on pharma patents Globe and Mail, October 25, 2012
Since when is food safety up to the public? Globe and Mail, October 23, 2012
The knives are out for Medicare in Jeffrey Simpson’s new book The Hill Times, October 22, 2012
Awkward! Federal stats confirm $2-billion extra for drugs under Canada-EU trade deal Rabble.ca, October 16, 2012
The hidden price of public-private partnerships Globe and Mail, October 14, 2012
Walkom: The link between drug fast-tracking and Canada’s XL meat scare Toronto Star, October 10, 2012
XL Foods workers feared raising food safety concerns Globe and Mail, October 9, 2012
New Drugs and Safety: What Happened to New Active Substances Approved in Canada Between 1995 and 2010? Science Daily, October 8, 2012
Health-care system fails frail Alberta seniors when they most need it Edmonton Journal, October 4, 2012
Massive Alberta meat recall is Harper’s Walkerton moment Toronto Star, October 3, 2012
Des auteurs-fantômes discréditent la recherche médicale La Presse, October 2, 2012
B.C. halts research by drug safety watchdog: Tentacles of ministry probe reach Alzheimer’s, patient-care projects Times Colonist, September 28, 2012
Canada-EU free trade negotiations come down to cheap drugs AFP, September 20, 2012
Patent protection emerges as contentious issue in Canada-EU trade talks Canadian Press, September 16, 2012
Strong majority of Canadians oppose drug patent extension in Canada-EU trade deal: poll Media Release, September 16, 2012
Half of drugs prescribed in France useless or dangerous, say two specialists The Guardian, September 14, 2012
Patent protection for drugs should come at a price Winnipeg Free Press, August 28, 2012
B.C. government files for injunction against private medical clinics Global News, August 23, 2012
National pharamcare plan overdue Toronto Star, August 23, 2012
Take drug patent protection off CETA table, NDP says iPolitics, August 22, 2012
National pharamcare plan overdue Toronto Star, August 21, 2012
Poorest Canadians skipping drug care; Inequality between those who can afford medication and those who can’t is growing, CMA says Globe and Mail, August 13, 2012
Provinces must stand together on drug purchases Globe and Mail, July 30, 2012
Premiers forge plan to save millions on drugs COF REPORT RELATED Globe and Mail, July 26, 2012
Provinces agree to buy some drugs in bulk Chronicle Herald, July 26, 2012
Protesters send message to premiers over healthcare CBC News, July 26, 2012
It’s time to protect, strengthen and extend public health care Toronto Star, July 25, 2012
Health care of top importance to Canadians CTV News, July 25, 2012
New poll finds health care as the overwhelming top priority among Canadians CBC News, July 25, 2012
Private hospital told doctors to delay work to boost profits The Independent, July 21, 2012
Dr. Brian Day’s private “Cambie” clinic accused of illegal extra-billing, told to stop Toronto Star, July 19, 2012 RELATED MORE ON BRIAN DAY
Private MRIs coming to NB; Health critic warns it will lead to queue-jumping and drain specialists from public system CBC News, July 18, 2012
Editorial: Liberals caved in to drug industry Times Colonist, July 8, 2012
Nobel laureate joins Toronto rabbi group in condemning refugee health cuts Globe and Mail, July 7, 2012
Conservative Attack on Refugee Health Care, Numerous Media (April-July 2012)
Pull together for public health care Toronto Star, June 30, 2012
Premiers urge Harper not to agree to anything in CETA that would drive up drug costs Canadian Press, June 4, 2012
Canadians want “leadership” from feds to fix health care says new report commissioned by Harper government Postmedia News, May 22, 2012
Doctors stage sit-in over refugee health care cuts CBC News, May 11, 2012
Cuts to refugee health insurance dangerous, inhumane. Doctors say they want changes Media Coverage, May 7-11, 2012
Harper’s Cuts to Refugee Health Care: A violation of medical ethics and a disgrace to Canada Media Release, May 7, 2012
Coalition Supports Senate’s Call for Federal Leadership on Health Care Media Release, April 24, 2012
Ottawa turning its back on health care, coalition says The Guardian, April 17, 2012
Wildrose isn’t hip when it comes to health care Calgary Herald, April 17, 2012
Over-prescribing: a worrisome trend Montreal Gazette, April 4, 2012
Senate study says health-care system needs help Postmedia News, March 28, 2012
Drug shortage shows failure of leadership, critics charge Ottawa Citizen, March 26, 2012
I was part of Big Pharma’s big influence Globe and Mail, March 23, 2012
These high-income docs want the rich to pay Toronto Star, March 21, 2012
Interview with David Healy: Bad Medicine TVO, March 20, 2012
Warning: Health Canada’s proposed changes may be dangerous to your health. Don’t be fooled by double-speak! Hill Times, March 19, 2012
For-profit care hurts quality in long run Edmonton Journal, February 25, 2012
Québecers complain MDs charge cash for care; Patients fear losing doctors if they file complaint Ottawa Citizen , February 23, 2012
Québec doctors cashing in on long wait lists: minister CBC News, February 20, 2012
The worst of both worlds: high drug prices, low R&D Globe and Mail, February 6, 2012
Health budget math doesn’t add up, Toronto Star, January 20, 2012
Will any government stand up for Medicare Toronto Star, January 18, 2012
Harper’s plan would kill medicare in Canada The Hill Times, January 16, 2012
Why medicare needs Ottawa; There’s more to leadership than writing cheques, Globe and Mail, January 16, 2012
Stephen Harper’s hands-off stance could signal end to national health-care system: Romanow, National Post, January 8, 2012


2011

Feds walk away from health care reform Media Release, December 21, 2011
Privatization threatens public health care, Romanow warns Toronto Star, December 1, 2011
More coverage needed in Canada’s public health system, says Romanow Postmedia News, December 1, 2011
Support for public health care soars: 94% of Canadians – including Conservatives – choose public over for-profit solutions, Media Release, November 24, 2011
Parliament needs to address Canada’s Rx drug problem, Hill Times, September 26, 2011
Making patients pay won’t make healthcare system more affordable Hill Times, August 15, 2011
What the health care system can learn from McDonald’s Globe and Mail, August 13, 2011
Ontario stands to save $2 billion in drug reforms Toronto Star, August 3, 2011
A prescription for reining in drug costs Globe and Mail, July 18, 2011
Ontario facing serious shortage of hospital beds, new report warns Canadian Press, July 21, 2011
Perplexing silence hangs over proposed Canada, E.U. trade pact Globe and Mail, July 16, 2011
Watchdog fears trade deal will boost drug prices Toronto Star, June 26, 2011
Business as usual’ is not an option in Canadian healthcare Times & Transcript, June 25, 2011
Reverse decision on Therapeutics Initiative, Open Letter to the B.C. Premier, June 21, 2011
Health-care talks with provinces should top Harper’s list, poll finds Globe and Mail, June 3, 2011
Canada needs a universal drug plan Montreal Gazette, May 24, 2011
Read this report before you slag Canada’s healthcare system Toronto Star, May 18, 2011
There is hope for health care Ottawa Citizen, May 9, 2011
Conservatives refuse to debate the number one issue of concern to Canadians Media Release, April 6, 2011
Politicians must be clear on ‘federal’ health issues Globe and Mail, March 31, 2011
Canadians don’t share Harper’s zest for fighter jets, debt reduction, poll shows Globe and Mail, March 22, 2011
This just in: more contempt from the Harper Government The Hill Times, March 21, 2011
Harper starving health care, declares Shirley Douglas Toronto Star, February 25, 2011
Warning: Mulroney has another big idea for health care! The Hill Times, February 21, 2011
New York medical brokerage gains ground in Canada Post Media News, February 12, 2011
Tory MP opposes funding cuts to B.C. drugs watchdog Globe and Mail, January 25, 2011 RELATED
Private clinic opens doors to auditors Globe and Mail, January 24, 2011
Critics irked by federal drug talks Postmedia News, January 20, 2011 RELATED
A Bitter Pill. Consultations on drug safety stacked in favour of industry. Ottawa Citizen, January 19, 2011
Drug safety: Health Canada thanks you for not enquiring, The Hill Times, January 17, 2011
Privatization is not a quick fix for the health system Toronto Star, January 8, 2011


2010

B.C.’s drug assessments taking the wrong path Vancouver Sun, December 15, 2010
Leaked document shows two-tier Alberta health plan Canadian Press, November 30, 2010
Want fast care? Slip an MD some cash Montreal Gazette, November 27, 2010
Social media play key role in defending medicare Toronto Star, November 18, 2010
Private health care is risky for all of us Globe and Mail, November 12, 2010
Medicare is a good system with lax management Toronto Star, November 12, 2010
Legal challenges may imperil medicare, public health care advocates say Canadian Medical Association Journal, November 11, 2010
Health care myths debunked Winnipeg Free Press, October 27, 2010
Remembering Julie Mason Canadian Health Coalition, October 19, 2010
Federal scientists go public in face of restrictive media rules Globe and Mail, October 18, 2010
Healthcare pulls away from economy as top national issue Nanos Research, October 5, 2010
Health care not a typical consumer product Montreal Gazette, September 25, 2010
The Greatest Canadian honoured with statue in Weyburn Weyburn this Week, September 17, 2010
Health Minister’s no-show is a monumental snub for medicare Globe and Mail, August 26, 2010
Provinces to team up on drug purchases Globe and Mail, August 7, 2010
NDP Leader Jack Layton calls for national pharmacare program Canadian Press, June 4, 2010
Public health care as sustainable as we want it to be Toronto Star, June 1, 2010
Health Coalition co-ordinator calls for national public drug plan Charlottetown Guardian, May 14, 2010
Bankrupt beacon of privatized health-care Toronto Star, May 11, 2010
Reality check on health-care costs: Despite the rhetoric about unsustainability, privatization and user fees are not the answer Toronto Star, April 4, 2010
Liberals urged to overhaul Medicare due to rising costs Canadian Press, March 27, 2010
Canada Health Act Annual Report: Parliament kept in the dark. No accountability or transparency on health funding Media Release, March 25, 2010
Harper’s Canada: decentralization, protecting big business, walking away from Medicare The Globe and Mail, March 11, 2010


2009

Canadian Health Coalition celebrates 30th Anniversary Gala Webpage, November 17, 2009
Harper should honour National Medicare Week by acting on private clinics, initiating Pharmacare Media Release, November 17, 2009
New Poll: 90% of Canadians Support Public Health Care Nanos Research, November 4, 2009
Supreme Court Showdown for Private Clinics The Tyee, September 7, 2009, 2009
Editorial: Doctoring Medicare Toronto Star, August 16, 2009
Canadians back ‘public solutions’ to improve care, poll finds The Globe and Mail, August 12, 2009
Public health care scores big in poll as MDs study privatization Toronto Star, August 12, 2009
U.S. debate reminds us our medicare is worth it The Globe and Mail, July 30, 2009
Medicare groups worry as private clinics grow The Globe and Mail, July 20, 2009
CMA backs private care: MDs The StarPhoenix, July 16, 2009
Private health care slips under radar The Globe and Mail, July 16, 2009
Health care edges out economy as No. 1 issue in poll The Globe and Mail, June 9, 2009
Debunking Canadian health care myths Denver Post, June 7, 2009
Health care is good for the economy National Post, May 14, 2009
U.S. health care lies about Canada Financial Post, May 13, 2009
Canadians star in U.S. ads attacking health care National Post, May 8, 2009
Don’t listen to the myth of a European model for health care The Hill Times, April 20, 2009
Coalition launches national campaign to save public health care Media Release, April 15, 2009
There’s a fly in the ointment of Ouellet’s health-care cure Medical Post, April 7, 2009
Public being misled by marketing of medical scans Download Report CCPA, March 30, 2009
The real health care lessons from Europe Ottawa Citizen, March 17, 2009
P3 bailouts expose health-care hypocrisy The Globe and Mail, February 12, 2009
CMA pushes Europe-style health care National Post, February 10, 2009
The Hip Bone’s Connected to the Wallet Ottawa Citizen, February 8, 2009
In this P3, taxpayers are the ones who paid The Globe and Mail, February 5, 2009
Canada Health Act breaches ignored, groups charge CMAJ, November 18, 2009


2008

Suit seeks to open Canadian health care to privatizers Winnipeg Free Press, September 24, 2008
CMA to set up patient advocacy group Health Edition, August 29, 2008
Québec’s 2-Tiered system a massive subsidy to Big Pharma Montreal Gazette, August 25, 2008
Health Accord: Unhealthy apathy Vancouver Sun, June 18, 2008
Healthy Canadians: A federal report on comparable health indicators Media Release, May 21, 2008
Lack of Federal Leadership in Pharmaceuticals Means Canadians Pay More and Get Less Media Release, January 30, 2008

Older News

Harper’s Health wait-times a gimmick, critics say National Post, April 5, 2007
Our health care serves up profits The Hill Times, December 1, 2005
The war on medicare: Advocates of two-tier health care prepare to take on medicare, confident that now they can win Toronto Star, November 19, 2005
Frankensteer CBC’s Passionate Eye, August 2005
For-profit health care would drive up costs by $7.2 billion a year: study Canadian Press, June 7, 2004
Health law may protect Ottawa The Globe and Mail, November 10, 2003
Senator Kirby’s Conflict The Hill Times, October 28, 2002
Higher Death Rates in For-Profit Hospitals Canadian Media, May 28, 2002
GM Food: Good PR is Growing THIS Magazine, May/June 2002
GM Food Labelling: A Growing Debate CBC Marketplace, March 6, 2002
The Real Dope of Beef Hormones Calgary Herald/Montreal Gazette, 2001
Health Protection Branch – A Very Nasty Business Ottawa Citizen, November 21, 1998