Home care best kept public

By Pete Hudson Manitoba’s Home Care program was launched in 1974 under the guidance of the late Evelyn Shapiro. It is publicly funded and publicly delivered. It aims to avoid or delay the more expensive forms of chronic …

Mothering Project: Effective prevention with vulnerable families

By Carole O’Brien  “The root causes of neglect—including poverty, poor housing, food insecurity, and substance abuse—lie beyond the scope of the child welfare system to resolve. But a collaborative approach, working with parents and harnessing the collective resources …

How affordable is affordable housing?

By Josh Brandon Despite high demand for housing in Winnipeg, some new non-profit housing projects are having difficulties filling some of their suites. Housing that has been officially designated as “affordable” is sitting vacant. Frontline housing advocates are …

Upstream thinking, healthy society and reviving Canadian democracy

By Dr. Ryan Meili Social factors play a significant role in determining whether we will be healthy or ill. Our health care is but one element of what makes the biggest difference in health outcomes. This has been …

Federal Off-loading Hurts Us All

PDF version by Molly McCracken Federal funding cuts will be top of mind at the Premiers’ annual in-person meeting July 25th to 26th in Niagara-on-the-Lake. However it remains to be seen if Premiers will address the off-loading of …

FAST FACTS: Federal cuts put refugee health care in danger

PDF version By the Immigration Matters in Canada Coalition, Winnipeg Manitoba On April 25th, 2012 the Federal government announced cuts to most healthcare benefits for refugees that are currently provided by Canada’s Interim Federal Health (IFH) program, effective …

Cuba: Going beyond borders to scale up access to universal health care

PDF version by Rebecca Fries I have just read Errol Black and Jim Silver’s review of the book Revolutionary Doctors (“Revolutionary Health Care,” CCPA-Manitoba Fast Facts, January 4, 2012). I agree with what they say about the important …

Lean Hospitals – Lean Healthcare

By Errol Black During the recent discussions on changes to the formula for federal contributions to health care spending, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall signalled that his province (which is flush with resource revenues from potash and oil) could …

Revolutionary Health Care

PDF version by Errol Black and Jim Silver Each of us read Steve Brouwer’s Revolutionary Doctors (MR Press, 2011) the same week the media reported average gross fee-for-service earnings of Manitoba doctors at $298,119. The media also reported, again, that …

Experimenting with Home Care Privatization – Did we learn our lesson?

by Shauna MacKinnon There has been much talk about privatization in these days leading up to the October 4th election. While nobody but Hugh McFadyen knows for sure what he will do if elected, the NDP have shown …