Tag: Canada
Capping Insulin Copays Won’t Cure Insulin Price Woes
In 1996, a vial of Humalog (roughly a month’s supply) cost patients about $25 per vial. By 2017, the anti-diabetes medication cost nearly $275. Insulin prices have only increased since then. A Business Insider article estimates that from 2017 to 2019 the average diabetic spent $300 to $400 for a month’s supply of insulin....
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Bernie Sanders’ Windsor Trip, an Infomercial for Government Monopoly Health Care
Bernie Sanders starts with a button and sews on a coat that is one size for all.
Senator Sanders, There Is No Right to Health Care in Canada
On Wednesday, I watched the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee’s courtesy hearing for Representative Tom Price, MD, whom President-elect Trump has nominated to be the next United States Secretary of Health & Human Services. As a game of “gotcha,” the hearing played out predictably. However, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stood out...
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Single-Payer Setback: Canadian Doctors without Contract for Two Years and Counting
Physicians in Canada’s largest province, Ontario, have rejected a contract negotiated between the Ontario Medical Association and the provincial health ministry. The more than two-year-old dispute shows no sign of ending. Every Canadian is covered by a provincial government health plan. Doctors therefore have only one plan with which they must contract. Individual doctors,...
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Why Are Prescription Prices Higher in the United States?
Jeanne Whalen of the Wall Street Journal has written a feature article comparing U.S. prescription drug prices to those overseas. Unsurprisingly, she find prices in other developed countries lower, and credits government price controls in other countries with (pretty much) all the difference. A vial of the cancer drug Rituxan cost Norway’s taxpayer-funded health...
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Canada’s Turn Left
It is not yet clear if the political sea change that has taken place in Canada will also be ideological. Under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, the 43-year old neophyte who has never held an executive post, the left-of-center Liberals have unseated Stephen Harper’s Conservatives with an overwhelming parliamentary majority that no poll or...
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Is the Canadian Middle Class Doing Better than the American Middle Class?
The New York Times made a splash last week with an analysis that purportedly shows that the U.S. middle class is declining relative to the middle class in other countries. Especially, the data make it look like Canadian median income surpassed U.S. median income in 2010, when U.S. median income was $18,700. This analysis...
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U.S. Ranks Third Lowest of Eleven Countries on Health Care Spending
Every year, scholars from the Commonwealth Fund report the results of a survey of eleven developed countries, which questions thousands of residents about their health costs and access to health care. The media invariably cherry pick the report to produce headlines like this: “We pay more, wait longer than other countries”. Perhaps there is...
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“Single-payer” Health Care Requires Evermore Patient Patients
Those hoping ObamaCare will soon lead to a “Single-payer” plan such as Canada’s might want to look through the most recent annual report on wait times for health care in Canada just released by the Fraser Institute. Among other findings in “Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2011 Report:” Specialist...
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“O(h no) Canada!” MTV Signature Song Banned
When I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, the stereotypical bowdlerizers of speech–the people excising “offensive” lyrics and literature—were the uptight blue-nosed sort who feared that “someone, somewhere, was having fun.” (H.L. Mencken). Now, the “progressive” Left has replaced the Puritanical Right as the great policer of speech. “Progressives” have always policed speech...
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