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Unions and co-operatives have a long and bumpy history, despite their common commitment to community action and mutual aid. Yet the record of the health care sector shows how co-ops can be vehicles...
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Might health care co-ops be another way to erode Medicare? Just the opposite. By enabling citizens to get out and close local gaps in the delivery of publicly-insured services, co-ops make Medicare...
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A primary purpose of health care reform must be to reduce the unconscionable disparities in health experienced by different groups of Canadians. It's an agenda that has more to do with social and...
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While a terrific money-saver, centralization has hamstrung health care in many small towns. Now what? Not much, unless residents do it themselves. In Port Alberni and Nelson, B.C. citizens have...
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Given the way private, for-profit business - in the guise of clinic chains, for example - is encroaching on the health care system, you might think there's only one way to fix it. In health care co-...
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The role communities should play in Canadians' health is a really old issue, stretching back to the days of smallpox epidemics. Since then - and usually at the public's behest - charities, Western...
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What would a "patient-centric" system of health care actually look like? Not like our current one, whose measures of self-evaluation are so much about the cost of care, not its effect on patients'...
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For two groups devoted to community engagement and well-being, community health centres and CED practitioners do a lot of work beside, but not with each other. They should. With the trend towards a...
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Communities have a perfect right to own specialized assets and know how to finance them. Unlike recreation centres or cultural complexes, however, health care assets sometimes trip people up. They...
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The debate over the future of Canada's health system has bogged down into a stand-off between two options: the public or the private sector as designer, provider, manager, and insurer. Neither is...