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Lead Consultant:

Tim Lynch

Publications:

Executive Summary
BC 2003 Forest Fires: A Test of Quality Management in Health Services Delivery

January 30, 2004
Prepared forThe Ministry of Health Planning Victoria, BC & The Interior Health Authority Kelowna, BC
(PDF file size 125Kb)

Full Report
BC 2003 Forest Fires: A Test of Quality Management in Health Services Delivery

Released May 12, 2004
Visit the Interior Health Authority web site.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF SARS:
A QUANTUM LEAP OR A PARADIGM SHIFT?

Risk Management in Canadian Health Care
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 6
DECEMBER 2003
(PDF file size 469Kb)

SARS in Toronto - Acting locally, reacting globally
Submitted on April 11th 2003 to International Travel Insurance Journal

The Romanow Commission: An Opportunity Lost
Hospital Quarterly Journal Spring 2003
(PDF file size 120Kb)
Background Information

Vaccination Programs in Canada:
Summary of a study conducted by Info-Lynk Consulting in October 1989

Health insurance - don't leave home without it
ITIJ Journal Spring 2002

Primary Care Reform in Ontario: The Emperor Has No Clothes
www.hospitalquarterly.com

Medicare in a modern world
The Vancouver Sun, March 14 2002

American / Canadian relations, post September 11th: accommodation or surrender?
ITIJ Journal
Nov/Dec 2001

Choice in health care
The Globe & Mail
Nov. 12 2001

London, UK Travel Insurance Conference Regulations of Canadian Travel Industry
May 2001

Vancouver Hosts Insurance Summit, Report on meeting of the International Insurance Society 2000 seminar, Vancouver B.C.,

DEBATING THE DATA: Is there an entrepreneurial option to primary-care reform? Medical Post
-May 4, 1999-

HEALTH CARE DELIVERY: Rewarding excellence is the solution
Medical Post
-February 9, 1999-

A Book Review: The Billion Dollar Molecule,
Toronto Biotechnology Initiative, (TBI) Bioscan, June 1998

 

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"The Romanow Commission: An Opportunity Lost"

It is assumed that you have arrived at this site as a consequence of reading my article "The Romanow Commission: An Opportunity Lost" Hospital Quarterly Journal Spring 2003

By way of explanation:

When I heard the Prime Minister, Jean Chretien announce that his good friend Roy Romanow, was to be a one-man Commission on the future of Canada's health system I immediately saw a "White Elephant."

A retired New Democratic Party Premier from the province of Saskatchewan just didn't come across as having the "moxie" necessary for organizing medicare in a modern world.

On the last day for making a submission to the Commission I received a Spam Email asking for comments with respect to the four main themes of the Commission. I could not resist the challenge. Within two hours I had completed a letter to Mr. Romanow discussing his four themes.

A day or so before Mr. Romanow arrived in Vancouver to begin his cross-country tour I received a telephone call asking me to present at the Commission hearings. I doubt Mr. Romanow would remember my presentation. In comparison with the theatrics displayed just ahead of me by Michael Walker of the Fraser Institute and Alexa McDonough of the New Democratic Party (NDP) my presentation must have come across as being boringly technocratic.

Certainly there was no interest in discussing my concluding quote of Lloyd J. Detwiller, one of B.C.Ős healthcare architects in early 1970s who said, "Health care delivery and finance programs cannot be optimized if they become the battleground for irreconcilable ideologies."

When I heard Mr. Romanow, just before the release of his document, make his "battle cry" that there is "no evidence" of for-profit health care being better than not-for-profit health care, I knew he had been influenced by Canadian Academic Health Interests that has monopolized all health care thought in Canada over the past thirty years. Given the sustainability of this powerful influence relative to the transient nature of political office, it is these interests that are largely responsible for the limitations of Canada's health services today.

After Mr. Romanow brought his tablet down from his Saskatchewan Mountain I was repeatedly being asked to express some opinion on his effort. I always began by saying "I am disappointed -- "It was this sense of disappointment that caused me to write the article that appeared in the Hospital Quarterly Journal of Spring 2003.

Tim Lynch
Email: tim@infolynk.ca

 

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