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Demonstrators hold a vigil marking the death of Joyce Echaquan, who recorded insults hurled at her by staff at the Joliette, QC, hospital while she was there for treatment. The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

Joyce Echaquan’s death: How a decolonizing approach could help tackle racism in health care

Joyce’s Principle seeks to shift the way health services are provided to Indigenous communities and ensure they are free of discrimination.
Instead of returning to “normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada should adopt a health-care system that focuses on prevention and the social determinants of health. (Pixabay, Canva)

No ‘back to normal’ after COVID-19: Health care should shift focus from treatment to prevention

COVID-19 has shown the flaws of a reactive health-care system designed to care for people who are already sick. A preventive approach would be more equitable, less expensive and keep us healthier.
A nearly deserted street in the city of Nice, France, on May 6, the 51st day of lockdown there. Europe’s method of reopening is markedly different from the U.S. plan. Getty Images / Valery Hache

What US states can learn from COVID-19 transition planning in Europe

As the US prepares to reopen from weeks of social distancing, it’s worth noting what other countries are doing.
A health-care worker prepares for the opening of the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Ottawa, during a media tour on March 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)

Coronavirus: Canada’s response hits a turning point

As response to COVID-19 moves from a learning phase to an operational phase, lessons from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic can inform Canada’s action plan.
A national licence to practice may be one way to help address the lack of doctors in some regions, and to encourage telemedicine consultations. (Shutterstock)

A national licence for doctors in Canada: Is it really possible?

In Canada, regulation of professions usually falls under provincial jurisdiction, but there may be feasible models for a national licence for health-care professionals.
Several Democrats running for president in 2020 support some version of Medicare for all. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

How the US could afford ‘Medicare for all’

There’s a very simple way to give Medicare to all: delete six words from the legislation that created the program in 1965.

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