Canada lacks the hospital capacity it needs

Politics Insider for January 10: How Does America’s Health Care System Compare to Canada’s? Canada Updates Approaches to China and Russia; and Quebec’s liquor store vaccination policy seems to be working

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Radio-Canada Alexandre panetta has an interesting dive into the differences between the health systems in Canada and the United States as the two countries struggle to cope with the pandemic. We tend to think that the low capacity of Canada’s intensive care units has posed challenges, but the data shows that some states face greater challenges than Canadian provinces. Overall, it is not certain that the American system is doing better.

This pandemic revealed different deficiencies in each country. In Canada, it is the predominantly public system with fewer hospital beds per capita than in the United States, and far fewer than some European countries, with far fewer nurses. In the United States, it is the predominantly private system that costs significantly more than that in Canada, leaves about 10 percent of the population uninsured, and results in lower life expectancy and more premature deaths.

One thing is clear in both countries: Health workers, especially nurses, have been pushed to the brink.

Lack of funding: Still at CBC, Aaron Wherry has a good analysis of the upcoming political debate. It seems clear that we don’t have the hospital capacity that we should have.

Françoise Woolley, an economist from Carleton University, predicted that COVID-19 would expose the fragility of the system in March 2020. As Woolley wrote, Canada has second lowest number of acute care beds per capita among the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and almost all of these beds tend to be filled. While the total number of acute care beds has declined significantly in advanced economies over the past 50 years due to changes in technology and care, the particularly low number in Canada can be attributed to “failed levels of care. funding to keep pace with the population. growth, ”argued Woolley.

The best role for the federal government in the future, however, is up for debate. Some are in favor of increased transfers, others want a greater role for private delivery, and some are proposing an expansion of federal support for pharmacare and long-term care.

Shortage of doctors: At Vancouver sun., Daphne Branham has another interesting column on the bureaucratic hurdles that prevent internationally trained physicians from seeing patients in Canada, even though we have a physician shortage.

Better masks: the World has a good history on N95 masks, which offer better protection against infection than the masks most Canadians have worn throughout the pandemic. Although they are better, they cost more, which is perhaps why not all provinces adopt them.

Too far: Robyn Urback, in the World, has a column claiming that it would be wrong to deny health care to unvaccinated COVID patients.

No referendum: Philippe J. Fournier, Maclean’s Resident poll expert, takes a close look at a survey on regional resentment. He thinks that Alberta separatism continues to probe better than Quebec separatism, which would seem to pour cold water on a theory that some have on the political projects of François Legault.

This data should help silence persistent rumors online that Francois Legault perhaps secretly preparing a third referendum on the independence of Quebec. Although polls have shown Legault to be perhaps the most beloved premier of recent decades in Quebec, his popularity and nationalist attitude have not translated into additional support for sovereignty.

Can fight: major-general. Dany Fortin may continue a legal fight being reinstated as the head of the Canadian Vaccine Deployment Task Force will go ahead, CBC reports.

The government, represented by the attorney general, had sought to shorten Fortin’s appeal, arguing that it was “moot” – that the role he once occupied no longer exists. The Federal Court of Canada ruled in October last year that Fortin should use the military grievance process to advance his case, but his legal team appealed the decision later in the month. Fortin’s legal team argued that the military grievance process is not the right place due to the time it takes to resolve cases. CBC News reported last month that some soldiers waited almost a decade for the Department of Defense to deal with their grievances.

Fortin was removed from his post as head of the vaccine task force in May 2021, and days later military police referred an investigation into allegations of sexual assault to the Quebec prosecution service. He was formally charged in August with one count of sexual assault linked to an alleged incident in 1988. Fortin maintains he is innocent.

Chinese strategy: Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly told Global Sunday that she is work on a new strategy for China, which will be unveiled in the coming weeks and months: “There is an increasing influence of China in the world and every country has to make a decision about its relationship with China. That’s why I was given the mandate to develop a strategy, which is called an Indo-Pacific strategy, because we have to see, yes, China, but also the region as a whole.

Ukrainian strategy: In an interview with CTV, Joly did not rule out the possibility that Canada is sending arms to Ukraine as Russia builds up troops threatening its neighbor: “The most important thing right now is really to work with them. Ukrainians to deal with their security threats. This is what we are going to do.

Arizona Ally: Canada could find an ally in Arizona in its fight with Joe Biden’s government over protectionist auto policies, reports CP.

Coups for the SAQ: New York Daily News took note of the surge in first-dose vaccinations after Quebec announced that only vaxés will be able to shop in provincial liquor and weed stores.

Ratio: Manitoba Cabinet Minister Jon Reyes took a beating online after he tweeted a photo of his wife shoveling snow, reports CBC.

– Stephen Maher

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