U of A health economist outlines pros and cons of proposed federal drug plan.

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Canadians are finally ready to tackle the “unfinished business” of medicare, according to University of Alberta health economist Christopher McCabe.

“The fact that we don’t have equal access across the country to drug-based health care is not consistent with the principles that led to establishing medicare,” said McCabe, who also heads Alberta’s Institute of Health Economics.

He predicts the debate around a proposed pharmacare plan will be pivotal to this fall’s federal election. Here’s what you need to know to understand the issue. 

What’s the problem?

Canadians have had universal access to hospitals and doctor care since the early 1960s, but the final piece of the medicare puzzle that was recommended at the time—a national drug plan—was never implemented. 

When Canadians fill their prescriptions, they face a patchwork ...

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Regulatory heft needed to curb false promises on stem cells, says health law expert

Government, physicians and advertising regulators need to team up to protect the public from marketing of unproven treatments, argues U of A health-trend skeptic Timothy Caulfield.

The legal and regulatory tools designed to protect the public from the marketing of unproven stem
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2019
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Fish DNA in lake sediment can help determine native species, study shows

New research by U of A biologists could aid fish conservation efforts in provincial parks in Alberta and British Columbia.

A new technique developed by University of Alberta biologists can determine whether certain fish
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2019
| 13:30 America/Tegucigalpa

U of A student discovers unusual new mineral inside a diamond

Curious chemical signature of new mineral named goldschmidtite poses questions about Earth’s mantle.

A PhD student at the University of Alberta has discovered a new and curious mineral inside a
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2019
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New piece of Alzheimer’s puzzle found

Researchers discover that two short strings of amino acids could pave the way to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Two years after discovering a way to neutralize a rogue protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease,