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Political offers pour in for Canadian MD who defended medicare in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Political offers have been pouring in for a doctor who enthusiastically defended the reputation of Canada's medicare system during some tense exchanges in the U.S. Congress. Dr. Danielle Martin said she's been courted by political parties at the municipal, provincial and federal level since her appearance last month enjoyed a moment of viral celebrity. But it's clearly not something the Toronto physician, health-policy professor and vice-president of the Women's College Hospital wants to discuss.

Provinces want U.S. pharma company to lower price for cystic fibrosis drug

TORONTO - Provincial and territorial governments are banding together to pressure a U.S.-based manufacturer to finalize a reasonable price for a lifesaving drug that treats a rare form of cystic fibrosis. They're asking the chief executive of Vertex Pharmaceuticals to meet with the health ministers of Ontario, Alberta and Yukon and explain why Canadians have to pay a premium for Kalydeco, which costs patients hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Events to be held across the country to mark expiry of health accord

OTTAWA - Canadians in some parts of the country may face bed shortages and more expensive drugs now that a health-care deal between Ottawa and the provinces has expired, an advocacy group warned Monday. Provinces with declining populations, such as New Brunswick, are already feeling the fallout from the expiry of the 10-year, $41-billion health accord struck in 2004, while growing provinces like Alberta stand to gain, said Canadian Health Coalition executive director Michael McBane.

United Church calls on members to sign pledge for new medicare accord

EDMONTON - The United Church of Canada is asking its members to take a stand on the future of medicare. The church wants its members to sign a pledge to support a campaign by the Canadian Health Coalition, which is lobbying the federal government to sign a new agreement with the provinces to improve the public health system. Right Rev. Gary Paterson, moderator of the church, said Canadians shouldn't take medicare for granted. "I am really concerned as a Christian and a church leader that health care is crucial for our population," Paterson said Tuesday in Edmonton.

Patient group warns Ontario against moving services from hospitals to private clinics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government is putting community hospitals and medicare at risk with a plan to turn a wide range of services over to private clinics that will extra bill patients, a health care advocacy group warned Monday. The Ontario Health Coalition said taking such things as diagnostic services, physiotherapy and operations like cataract surgeries out of hospitals and having them provided by private clinics is a direct threat to publicly-funded medicare.

Alberta medical group puts off decision on rules for private clinics

EDMONTON - Alberta's College of Physicians and Surgeons has put off making a decision on rules for private clinics that charge for uninsured medical services. College registrar Dr. Trevor Theman (THEE'-muhn) says the college first needs a clear definition of an uninsured medical service. He says a working committee made up of the Alberta Medical Association and other groups is to come up with a recommendation, hopefully by March.

Ottawa gets low marks from doctors' group on commitment to health care

OTTAWA - A national doctor's association has given the Conservative government low marks on health care and is calling on Ottawa to show leadership in setting national standards as it confronts an aging population. The report from the College of Family Physicians of Canada rates the government's efforts on several fronts and finds them lacking. Among the areas of biggest concern are the absence of a national home-care program, primary care supports and an immunization strategy.

Health and education top Saskatchewan to-do list in throne speech

REGINA - In an effort to cut emergency room backlogs, the Saskatchewan government is planning to focus on helping people who repeatedly show up in hospital ERs. The throne speech Wednesday outlined "hot spotting" pilot programs for Saskatoon and Regina as one way to tackle new pressures that growth has put on health care and education. In a news conference before the throne speech was read in the legislature, Premier Brad Wall said the top five users of emergency rooms accounted for more than 500 visits to ERs last year.

Nearly half of Canadians facing major illness struggle financially:poll

TORONTO - Nearly half of all Canadians facing a major health crisis, such as cancer or a stroke, are struggling financially as a result, according to the latest research from Sun Life Financial. The company's annual health index found that 40 per cent of those surveyed reported feeling financially strapped after a serious health issue or diagnosis, while 53 per cent of 45- to 54-year-olds said they`d been hit hard by unforeseen health-care costs.

Brakes on U.S. health spending go beyond the recession: studies

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Slower growth in the pace of U.S. healthcare spending reflects a fundamental change in the use of medical services that could save the country nearly $800 billion in the next decade, according to two new studies released on Monday.
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