Tag Archives: Michael Rachlis

Rachlis tireless in myth-busting around health care sustainability

It’s good to see Dr. Michael Rachlis on the opinion pages of today’s Toronto Star.

Rachlis has been tireless in his myth-busting around the sustainability of health care.

As he points out today, total health care costs as a percentage of the economy have been falling for the last two years. Not only that, but they have also been falling as a percentage of provincial expenditures across Canada. Falling, not rising.

On average, provinces are now spending 38 cents on the dollar for health care, a far cry from the 50 cents or 70 cents that Don Drummond, Brian Mulroney and David Dodge have been projecting to scare Canadians into accepting something less.

Rachlis also states that public reform – not privatization – can go much further to increase access to family doctors, specialists and elective surgeries.

Between 2000 and 2011 Canadian governments (provincial and federal) cut taxes by nearly six per cent of the size of our economy. That means there is $100 billion less to pay for services that Canadians rely on. When Canadians hear that, he says, they are ready for Medicare to cover drugs and continuing care.

“The medical profession, almost all the provinces, and most of the Canadian elite opposed Medicare 50 years ago. Fortunately, the Canadian people strongly supported Medicare then and they still do,” writes Rachlis.

Rachlis will be speaking November 18th at the upcoming Ontario Health Coalition Action Assembly/Conference weekend. He will be joined that day by economist Hugh Mackenzie and Osgoode Hall tax law professor Neil Brooks.

Click here to go to Dr. Michael Rachlis’ website.

Roy Romanow to speak at CHC event Nov 30 in Ottawa

Roy Romanow, the former Chair fo the Commission of the Future of Health in Canada, will be the keynote speaker November 30 at a free Canadian Health Coalition event in Ottawa.

The two-hour event at the Fairmount Chateau Laurier includes two panel discussions, one looking at threats to Medicare, the other looking at what the way forward should be.

Globe and Mail health reporter Andre Picard will moderate the panel discussions.

Panelists include Diana Gibson (Parkland Institute, Alberta); Dr. Marie- Claude Goulet (Médecins Québécois pour le Régime Public); Allan Maslove and  Marc-André Gagnon (Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration); Natalie Mehra (Ontario Health Coalition); John Abbott (Health Council of Canada); and Dr. Michael Rachlis (Independent policy analyst) and Sharon Scholzberg-Gray (Past-President Canadian Healthcare Association).

This event takes place in the Adam Room of the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Not in Ottawa? You can watch it streamed live at http://healthcoalition.ca . To register to attend this free event, e-mail brad@healthcoalition.ca or call 819-770-1626.