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13 of 425 are essays by David Gratzer

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A single-tiered Canadian fantasy

A report card on the Canadian health care system reports failing grades, even in the area of equal access to health care. Originally published in the Halifax Herald
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A paralysis has gripped Canada's health-care debate while the medicare system continues to weaken. While bureacrats and social activists defend the status quo and demand more money for it, and while politicians duck the underlying problems of a sick health care system, polls show that most Canadians will consider new ideas for health care delivery. Originally published in the Globe and Mail. Republished with the permission of the author.
Canadian and U.S. Health Care Systems Have the Same Ailment

Fear-mongering about the American health care system is a popular attack on proposals to overhaul Canada's medicare. The author argues that, in fact, the two health care systems are more similar than people think and suffer from the same fundamental problems: consumer overindulgence and excessive government intervention. The article originally appeared in the Financial Post. 696 words.
Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System

The introduction to David Gratzer's book Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System, winner of the Donnor Prize as an outstanding book on public policy.
Hey, What About Health Care?

The shortcomings of the Canada Pension Plan is not the only longer-term issue worthy of public consideration. Looming problems with Canada's health care system also deserve more attention. Previously published in the London Free Press, December 8, 1998.
Manitoba Test of Campus Rules

Academic tenure and unionization make universities unmanageable, and excellence in education difficult to achieve. First published in the National Post, November 9th, 1998. Re-published with the permission of the author.
Moving Beyond the Medicare Orthodoxy

Why is it that Canada's two main political parties have virtually identical positions on medicare, while the public is now looking for new options?
Pearls before swine?

Canadian Robert Mundell's Nobel prize-winning supply-side economic ideas fall on deaf ears at home. Originally published in the Halifax Herald.
Private Health -- It Works for Sweden

Contracting out of health services, and other forms of private participation in health delivery, are working well in social democratic Sweden. Civil discourse about such options is required in Canada. Originally published in the National Post. Republished with the permission of the author.
Public Policy Hasn't Solved Homelessness

Public policy is not only failing to solve the homelessness problem, it is a significant cause of the problem in the first place. Previously published in the London Free Press, December 22, 1998



The Great Divide

Are traditional ideologies of Right and Left on the verge of a radical shift:? Originally published in the Halifax Herald.
The Money Myth

The conventional wisdom is that medicare's current problems stem from federal cuts to transfer payments in the mid-1990s. That conventional wisdom is wrong. Originally published in the Medical Post. Republished with the permission of the author.
Waiting Lists Can't Be Ignored

There is a danger to putting positive spin on health care woes. First published in The London Free Press, November 17th, 1998. Re-published with the permission of the author.