Generic drugs the right move for politicians

Staffing costs are notable and worth evaluation, in particular those within the system’s layered hierarchy.

Recently on the news I heard that Canadian premiers plan to band together to bulk buy generic drugs. Great idea.

According to the report, the cost difference between here and in the U.S. is considerable. Should the proposal actually get past political prattling and achieve savings of half the difference I’ll be impressed.

Should our cost be lowered beyond that I’ll be surprised and perhaps be prepared to revaluate my naysayer attitude toward political pledges, even if only modestly.

Given measurable success in that venture, rather than, as in the past, just throwing more money at the Canadian health delivery system, a group should be formed to delve deeply into other system processes in search of pooling or other tangible savings.

Staffing costs are notable and worth evaluation, in particular those within the system’s layered hierarchy.

As for frontline folk I’ve met in hospital, those usually first targeted for such reductions, I’ve found them to be pleasant, effective and worthy of every dime they’re paid.

Don Wilkes


Just Posted

No charges for three West Shore RCMP officers after woman’s jaw broken while in custody

After IIO investigation, B.C. Prosecution Service determined case did not meet its charge standard

All-female taxi service eyed for the West Shore

The goal is to help women feel comfortable

Elizabeth May arrested at Kinder Morgan protest

Randall Garrison, MP for Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, speaks out against pipeline

New Galloping Goose overpass at McKenzie could open next week

Drivers reminded to watch the road in McKenzie construction zone

Capital Region regular gas prices highest since 2008

Greater Victoria prices roughly 10 cents above the B.C. average

Vancouver Island’s Best Videos of the Week

A look at some of the best video stories from the past week ending March 23, 2018

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Vancouver Island pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions we received from around the region

MLA Report: Lowering the voting age to 16 in BC

By Andrew Weaver On March 13, I introduced for a third time… Continue reading

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

Comox Valley hospital operating above patient capacity

The new healthcare facility averaged a 110 per cent patient volume between October and February

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

Most Read