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    The Medical Reform Group of Ontario (MRG) had its beginnings in the autumn of 1978 as an initiative by a small group of doctors who were concerned that there was no voice for progressive, socially-conscious physicians in Canada. They sought to create a forum to address the social dimensions of health and illness. Members were united around three principles which were adopted at the MRG’s official founding meeting in 1979:

    1. The universal access of every person to high quality, appropriate health care must be guaranteed. The health care system must be administered in a manner which precludes any monetary or other deterrent to equal care.

    2. Health care workers, including physicians, should seek out and recognize the social, economic, occupational, and environmental causes of disease, and be directly involved in their eradication.

    3. The health care system should be structured in a manner in which the equally valuable contribution of all health workers is recognized. Both the public and health care workers should have a direct say in resource allocation and in determining the setting in which health care is provided.

    The Medical Reform Group dissolved in 2014 after 35 years of advocacy work.

    Read the Connexipedia article about the Medical Reform Group here.
    To see news releases issued by the MRG between 1979 and 1995, see here.

    Listed below are all newsletters, magazines, and mailings published by the Medical Reform Group from 1979 through 2014. Many, but not all, are available online in PDF format: you can click on the links to view them. Print issues are available in the Connexions Archive in Toronto. The Connexions Archive would like to complete its collection of print and PDF issues of the MRG Newsletter, as well as MRG briefs and public statements. If you have materials, print or digital, which you could donate to Connexions, please contact Ulli Diemer via this contact form.

Issue No.
PDF Link
Date Volume No.

#1 July 1979
Content Contents
The Medical Reform Group: An Update
Second General Meeting
The Draft Constitution
Working Committees
Hamilton Chapter
Toronto Group

#2 August 1979 Hamilton Chapter Mailing
Content Title
Health Care Under Attack
Medical Reform Group
The Toronto meeting
Did You Know?
On the Horizon

#3 October 1979 Mailing
Content Title
Notice of October 14, 1979
MRG General Meeting
MRG Update
Working Groups: Opting Out and Cutbacks
Canadian Medical Group Seminar
Medicare in Crisis: A Conference
Doctors: Are You Happy with the State of Health Care in Ontario?

Issue #4 November 1979 Vol. 1, No. 1
Content Title
Who is on our mailing list?
Membership fees
The October 14 General Meeting
MRG Steering Committee
Steering Committee Meeting
The MRG goes public
The Working Groups
Organizational Activities
MRG Calendar

Issue #5 December 1979 Toronto Chapter Update
Content Title
Upcoming events
About the working groups
Economics working group
Environmental health working group
Health in the Third World working group
An Appeal
Occupational Health Seminar

Issue #6 January 1980 MRG Update
Content Title
Membership and Organization
Pamphlet of the Medical Reform Group
Working Groups:
Health and Underdevelopment
Occupational Health
Community Health Centres
Environmental Health
Brief to the Hall Commission
General Meeting
The MRG and the Media

Issue #7 March 1980 Toronto Chapter Mailing
Content Title Author
Calendar of Events
Presentation to the Hall Commission
Toronto Chapter meeting
Working Groups

Issue #8 April 1980 Toronto Chapter Mailing
Content Title Author
Calendar of Events
Presentation to the Hall Commission
General Update
Policy on Women
Organization and Publicity

Issue #9 April 1980 Vol. 1, No. 2
Content Title Author
Brief to the Hall Commission
General Meeting: May 23-24, 1980
Where Do We Go From Here?
From the Working Groups:
Community Health Centres
Environmental Health
Health & Underdevelopment
Occupational Health
Women & Health
An MRG Magazine?
From the Steering Committee
Medical Reform Group Brochure
Regional Reports
Outside Ontario
Introductory Package
Of Interest

Issue #10 May 1980 Toronto Chapter mailing
Content Title
Minutes of April 22, 1980 meeting

Issue #11 Summer 1980 Critical Condition #1
Content Title Author
Edification and Enlightenment
Thoughts on Occupational Health and Safety
Malnutrition and Starvation in Africa Ignored
Health Service Organizations: Criteria for an Appropriate Method of Funding Community Clinics Work Group
Much More Than “Opting Out”:
Resolutions passed at May 24th General Meeting
The Frontlines: Reports from the Working Groups

Issue #12 Fall 1980 Critical Condition #2
Content Title Author
East Side Story Nick Kates
El Salvadorean health workers protest rights violation
Barriers to Prevention Benjamin Loevinsohn
Letter to the Editor Mayor John Sewell
Jobs and Notices
Progressive Medicine: A Bibliography

Issue #13 November 27, 1980 Vol. 1, No. 3

Issue #14 April 20, 1981 Vol. 1, No. 4

Issue #15 Autumn 1981 MRG Magazine,
Vol. 1, No. 1
Content Title Author
Disappointment, Hope – and the MRG Magazine Gord Guyatt
World Health: Healthcare in the new Nicaragua
Community Health Centres:
An MRG Perspective
Community Clinics Working Group
The Toronto Health Advocacy Unit and the New Public Health Movement Trevor Hancock
The Toronto Occupational Health Resource Committee Brian Gibson
Why the MRG? Gord Guyatt
October Meeting: Decisions to be made

Issue #16 March 1982 Vol. 2, No. 1
Content Title Author
MRG Steering Committee
Hall Commission Brief
May General Meeting

#17 April 13, 1982 Mailing
Content Title Author

Issue #18 April 1982 Vol. 2, No. 2
Content Title Author
May General Meeting
Medical Aid to Nicaragua

Issue #19 April 1982 PoliticaLetter Vol. 1, No. 1
Content Title Author
What does the Weiler Report really say, or, many argue about it but few have read it cover to cover Debby Copes

Issue #20 August 1982 PoliticaLetter Vol. 1, No. 2
Content Title Author
Report on meeting with Ontario Health Minister Larry Grossman Debby Copes, John Frank, Gord Guyatt, Bob James, Barb Lent

Issue #21 August 1982 Vol. 2, No. 3
Content Title Author
Fall General Meeting of MRG
Membership fees
London chapter
Toronto chapter
Pamphlet being considered
Liberal Party Task Force

Issue #22 September 1982 Vol. 2, No. 4
Content Title Author
Notice accepted in principle at MRG General Meeting, May 16, 1982

Issue #23 January 1983 PoliticaLetter Vol. 2, No. 1
Content Title Author
The Canada Health Act Debby Copes

Issue #24 February 1983 Vol. 3, No. 1
Content Title Author
Canada Health Act

Issue #25 June, 1983 Vol. 3, No. 2
Content Title Author
Health care, the 80's and Beyond
Medical Supplies for OXFAM-Canada Projects Overseas
Highlights of the Spring General Meeting
Friday Evening Meeting – A Talk by Dr. Robert Chernomas Robert Chernomas
Saturday General Meeting
A Free-Standing Outpatient Abortion Clinic for Toronto?
Doctors' College Called Undemocratic
Review of the Spring General Meeting
Abortion & Abortion Clinics Miriam Garfinkle
Resolution on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and User Fees

Issue #26 September, 1983 Vol. 3, No. 3
Content Title Author
Notice and Agenda of October 1983 General Meeting
Differing Diagnoses on Health Care
The ailing credibility of doctors Jonathan Lomas
First things first
Letter to Ontario Minister of Health Keith Norton in support of medically insured free-standing abortion clinics

Issue #27 October, 1983 Mailing
Content Title Author
Fall General Meeting Agenda and Information

Issue #28 January, 1984 Mailing
Content Title Author
Canada Health Act
Drug Cost at Stake in Patient Law Battle Charlotte Montgomery
News Release on Canada Health Act December 13, 1983
The Danger of Travelling the U.S. Route on Medicare Cynthia Carver
Most Doctors Want to Stay in OHIP Rebel MD Says Hamlin Grange
Medicare Penalties Need More Teeth, Advocacy Group Says Robert Stephens
The Canadian Health Coalition Press Conference, December 14, 1983
Medicare System Envied in U.S. Paul Taylor

Issue #29 March, 1984 Vol. 4, No. 1
Content Title Author
Ontario Health Professions Legislation Paul Rosenberg
Ontario Health Coalition Conference, February 24-25, 1984 Fran Scott
The Canada Health Act
Extra-Billing is Tax on Sick, Doctors' Reform Group Says Bruce Ward

Issue #30 April, 1984 Vol. 4, No. 2
Content Title Author
Canada Health Act / Medicare
Doctors' Group Attacks Critics of Health Act Farrell Crook
Background of Medicare in Ontario
Doctors Lose Patience with Hospital Inc. Murray MacAdam
Health News in Brief Ulli Diemer
Discussion Paper on MRG Endorsement of Other Groups Phil Berger

Issue #31 June, 1984 Vol. 4, No. 3
Content Title Author
MRG Spring General Meeting Ulli Diemer
Steering Committee Report, Spring General Meeting
Opposition to OMA Scare Tactics Urged on 'Decent' Doctors
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Reform MDs Attack OMA Over New Act Pat Daley
GP Fights Bill that Gives File Access Ken Pole
Proposed Security Bill Threatens Patient Confidentiality Says CMA Secretary-General
MP's Remarks Anger CMA
Loophole in Health Act May Put an End to Premiums John Shaughnessy
OMA Mislead Members; Group Says Pat Rich

Issue #32 August 1984 General Meeting Notice Vol. 4, No. 4

Issue #33 September, 1984 Vol. 4, No. 5
Content Title Author
Medical Reform Group General Meeting and Fifth Anniversary
Second Submission of the Medical Reform Group to the Health Profession Legislation Review
Not Always What Doctor Ordered
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Medical Charges Assailed
Perform Group Overpublicized
Berger has His Say

Issue #34 November, 1984 Vol. 4, No. 6
Content Title Author
MRG General Meeting Report Ulli Diemer
A Brief Briefing Paper to the Medical Reform Group on the Support of the Health Research in Canada Carol Buck

Issue #35 January, 1985 Vol. 5, No. 1
Content Title Author
MRG Abortion Press Conference
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Abortion Faster Safer in Clinics MDs' Group Says Robert Sutton
Government Assailed on Abortion Policy Lorrie Goldstein
Abortion News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Bizarre Abortion Mess
Letters to Editor
Questioning the Test John Haslett Cuff
Where There’s Smoke, There's Money Robert Sherrill

Issue #36 March, 1985 Vol. 5, No. 2
Content Title Author
Medical Reform Group General Meeting
Women and Health Care
Meetings, Publications and Other Notes of Interest
The Doctor's Office that's Drive In Bud Gordon
Good Communication is Essential The Patients’ Advocate
The Economic Illusion Robert Kuttner
Blood Testing an Ethical Trap
Ontario Group Wants Earlier, Easier Abortions
End Predicted to Medical Extra Billing
MRG: Enforcing Health Act Eliminating Premium Key
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #37 April, 1985 Vol. 5, No. 3
Content Title Author
MRG Spring General Meeting
Report: Health Disciplines Review
Notices and Announcements
Evolution of Health Care: A Working Option to OHIP Robert Frankford
Workers' Centre Fights for Healthy, Safe Workplace Virginia Galt
MD Broke an Oath at U.S. Protest, Lawyer Charges Glen Mackenzie
Brainwashing Protest
Asbestos Masks "Cosmetic" Says Firm Angela Singer
Vaccine Creator Walking Again
Abortion Pickets Miss the Point
Doctors Pressure Colleague Maureen Murray
Pushing Pills for Profit in Canada Joel Lexchin
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #38 July, 1985 Vol. 5, No. 4
Content Title Author
General Meeting Report Ulli Diemer
From Steering Committee
Report: Health Disciplines Review
Notices and Announcements
MRG Introduces "Generic" Speeches
Forum Discusses Nursing Report
Anne Coy on OARNA Review
The Doctors Who Care June Callwood
Group Calls for End to Opting Out of OHIP Hamilton Spectator
Extra-Billing Costs Ontario $44 Million Caitlin Kelly
Premier Writes Doctors Supporting Extra Billing Ross Howard
Extra-Billing Avoided as a Big Election Issue Murray Campbell
Abortion Foes Cite Historic Law
5 Doctors Get Abortion Training at Morgentaler's Toronto Clinic Robert Sutton
Doctor's Looking South Face Familiar Problem Caitlin Kelly
Health Care a Key Election Issue
Increase Price of Drugs to Pay for Research Inquiry Urges Joel Ruimy
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Shaving Costs of Medical Care by Toning Up The System Cynthia Carver

Issue #39 September, 1985 Vol. 5, No. 5
Content Title Author
MRG Tackles Drug Advertising Ulli Diemer
MRG Meets With Health Minister Gord Guyatt
Of Interest...
Notices and Announcements
Proposed Resolution on Maternal Health Care
First and Foremost in Community Centres: The Centre in Sault Ste Marie and the CHC Alternative Jonathan Lomas
A Letter to MRG Members From Nicaragua
Some MDs Expressing Alarm Over Drug Sales Campaigns Linda McQuaig
Critique of Multinationalists Rejected by Journal's Editor
Doctors' Rights Philip Berger
Case for Midwifery Gets Boost from Obstetrician Linda Hossie
Challenge of Health Acts is Criticized
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Letter to Michel Cote

Issue #40 October, 1985 Vol. 5, No. 6
Content Title Author
General Meeting
Former Judge Assails WCB Rudy Platiel
Company MDs Push Quick Return to Work, University Study Says Stephen Strauss
Stricken Workers Misused, Experts Say Ian Mulgrew, Gabor Mate
The Company Doctor May Be a Hazard to Your Health
Why U.S. Medicare is Unfair to Millions of Elderly Citizens

Issue #41 December, 1985 Vol. 5, No. 7
Content Title Author
General Meeting Report Ulli Diemer
Higher Limits Proposed for Work-Place Toxins
Notices and Announcements
Of Interest...
OMA has Taken a Fringe Position on Extra Billing, Says Reform Group Kathleen Harford
Doctors Denounce as Unfair Proposed Extra-Billing Ban Ann Silversides
Dr. Michael Rachlis Addresses Poverty Meeting
Labor Group Fights Medical Monitoring Virginia Galt
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Resolutions at Fall General Meeting

Issue #42 February, 1986 Vol. 6, No. 1
Content Title Author
Media Coordinator's Report Jan. 10, 1986 Michael Rachlis
Press Releases
The Myth That Extra-Billing is Good for All Michael Rachlis
MRG Continues Battle Against Extra Billing... Michael Rachlis
End of Extra-Billing: What do MDs Merit? Judy Steed
Extra-Billing: MD Claims Won't Wash Gordon Guyatt
OHIP Feud Centres on Freedom, Fairness Robert Matas
Privatization of Health Care Seen as No Solution to Problem of Cost Ann Silversides
Reformer Rips OMA 'Blunder' Linda Barnard
Medical News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #43 April, 1986 Vol. 6, No. 2
Content Title Author
MRG Spring General Meeting
Update on Extra Billing Michael Rachlis
MRG Press Statements
MRG Summary Sheet for CMA Task Force Report on the Allocation of Health Care Resources
Progress On Rational Use of Drugs
Coalition Warns Mulroney to Resist Drug Industry Pressure
Letter to College of Family Physicians
Against Dr. Barbara Lent Dahlia Reich
Reform Group Accuses Doctors of Burying Negative Report Linda McQuaig
Doctors' Group Supports Ban
Extra-Billing Stands Draws MDs' Ire Ann Silversides
Extra-Billing Worry for Senators Carolyn Dykeman
Doctors in Ontario Show Rare Unity in Extra-Billing Battle Pat Rich
Many Area MDs Back Call for Defiance Christine Cox
OMA asked for Apology Over 'False' Poster on Extra Billing
Labor, Women, Elderly to Rally in Support of Extra-Billing Ban Denise Harrington
OMA Plans Health Care Accessibility Week and Asks Members to Disobey Pending Law Kathleen Harford
Doctors' Groups Split Over Extra-Billing Law as MPPs Start Hearings Duncan McMonagle
Doctors' View of Civil Servants Insulting, Union President Says Susan Delacourt
Lincoln MDs Will Stage First Protest Dana Robbins
Ban Doctors' Extra Billing Gordon Guyatt
Patients Print Own Cards on Billing Ann Silversides
Practising What We Preach Lynn Lathrop
Abortion Doctor Breaks Silence in Call for Coverage by OHIP William Walker
OMA Fanatics Ruining Respect Doctors Earned Trevor Hancock

Issue #44 May 1986 MRG Social Invitation

Issue #45 June - July, 1986 Vol. 6, No. 3
Content Title Author
General Meeting Report Ulli Diemer
But this Doctor Talking Medicine, Not Politics Brian Porter
Doctor Defends Government on Extra Billing Issue
MRG in the Media Gord Guyatt
Group’s Claims on Health Care are Disputed Denise Harrington
Treating the Person, Not the Purse? Steven Rauchman
Lesson for Ontario Doctors in Two Western Facedowns Gabor Mate
The Sick Will Be the Ones Who Suffer Anita Elash
MD Remains at Work; Cities More Serious Challenge Ann Silversides
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Mock Trial Finds Abortion Laws Unjust Erika Rosenfeld
Doctors Resist Needed Reform Ken Pole
Drug Industry Warns New Bill Could Cost Ontario 2,000 Jobs Denise Harrington
Choice's New Face Susan G. Cole
This Doctor Supports Ban and Refuses to Stop Working Paul Benedetti
Doctor Criticizes OMS for Extra-Billing Stand Ann Silversides
Reformer Question OMA Tactics Alex Matheson
Doctor Opposed to Strike Says it 'Victimized' One Patient Kevin Von Appen, Emilia Casella, Louis Smirlis
MRG Resolution Approved at Semi-Annual Meeting May 3rd 1986
Extra Billing Gordon Guyatt

Issue #46 October, 1986 General Meeting agenda

Issue #47 September 1986 Vol. 6, No. 4
Content Title Author
Murray Elston to speak at MRG meeting
Extra billing is banned but extra charges continue
Select committee on health
Letter about situation in Chile
Letter to minister of consumer and corporate affairs regarding changes to Patent Act Robert Frankford for MRG
Drug prices: we can still fight to keep them under control Joel Lexchin
Ethics profs criticize MDs for striking a
Strike “disgusting” health group charges
Bravo for group of radical doctors
MD tired of rhetoric from his colleagues Fred Freedman
Doctors fear image may be tarnished forever
Our readers do battle
Doctors’ strike ‘petering’ out?
Extra-billing ban means little, patients find Ann Silversides
Public health body won’t back strikers
Doctor recalls when bills unpaid
Boycott rejected
Law that has MDs seeing red
Law practises bad medicine Nikki Colodny
Abortion doctor fights on
The Strain of Controversy
Letter to the Editor of Ontario Medical Review Bob Frankford for MRG Steering Committee

Issue #48 October, 1986 Vol. 6, No. 5
Content Title Author
MRG General Meeting
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Update on Proposed Changes to the Patent Act Joel Lexchin
Extra Billing: What's Up, Doc? Susan Stock
Labor Ministry Officials Sabotaging Laws to Protect Workers, Brief Says John Deverell
Laying the Blame for a Political Catastrophe Philip Berger

Issue #49 December, 1986 Vol. 6, No. 6
Content Title Author
MRG October General Meeting Ulli Diemer
Notices and Announcements
After the Doctors' Strike: Where Do We Go from Here? Ralph W. Sutherland
Get Consent for AIDS Test, Doctor Urges Craig McInnes
Medical Mistakes Slip Through Testing Net, Authors Say Ann Silversides
Job Threatened Over Studies of Cancer Links, MD Says John Deverell
Doctor Defends Toned-Down Study on Worker Health John Deverell
Power Shifts to Insurers in U.S. Medical System
Technology Serves the Rich While the Poor Wait for Care Ann Silversides
Community Clinics Called Sane Route to Health Services Ann Silversides
U.S. Leads the Way in Controlling Health Care Costs Ann Silversides
New Fees Allowed MDs Slammed by Medical Group Lillian Newbery
Women Get Worse Medical Care than Men, Female Doctor Says
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Submission to the Committee on Privatization from the Medical Reform Group of Ontario

Issue #50 February, 1987 Vol. 7, No. 1
Content Title Author
MRG Responds to Request from Evan Commission
Doctors and Strikes and Governments Haresh Kirpalani
Discussion Paper of Issues Related to the Physicians' Job Against Bill 94 Michael Rachlis
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
A Prescription for Profits Joel Lexchin
Abortions at Morgentaler Clinic Doubled Because MDs Refuse Referrals
Workers' Health and Safety Checkup Ellie Kirzner
Extra-Billed Patients Given $7,000 Ann Silversides

Issue #51 April, 1987 Vol. 7, No. 2
Content Title Author
Medical Group Spring General Meeting Background Psychiatry and Current Issue of Patient Rights
1986 Amendments to the Ontario Mental Health Act
Learning Political Science With the MRG Robert Frankford
Alternative Therapies - A Challenge Fred Freedman
The British Columbia Billing Numbers Dispute Haresh Kirpalani
Challenges to Hospitals Under Charter are Predicted Ann Silversides
The MRG Brief to the Parliamentary Committee on Bill C-22
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
A Nasty Replica of Question Period Joel Ruimy
Politicians Moving Cautiously on Abortion Rosemary Speirs
Mental Health Act Amendments: Review for the Spring 1987 Meeting of the MRG Don Woodside

Issue #52 June, 1987 Vol. 7, No. 3
Content Title Author
MRG General Meeting Ulli Diemer;
Book Review (A Savage Enquiry: Who Controls Childbirth?) Catherine Oliver
Women's Health Initiatives: Steps Forward or Sideways? Fran Scott
Health News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Hospitals' Bold Assault on City Treasury
Prognosis for Walk-In Clinics: Good Health Throughout '80s Stephen Nicholls
Prepaid Plans: Will Dentists Bite? Marina Strauss
Doctors' Blood Pressure Climbs When Income Drops; Study Finds
Health Care Field Provides No Cure for Gambling Urge
Keeping the Lid on the Health-Care Pressure Cooker Rosemary Speirs

Issue #53 August 1987 Vol. 7, No. 4
Content Title Author
Steering Committee Update
MRG Second Annual Picnic
Toronto chapter meeting
Notices & Announcements
Health News Briefs
Free Trade and Health Care in Canada
Health & Safety committees need more teeth
Patients’ rights ‘lost in shuffle’ in health-care power struggle
Hospitals pitch harder for patients
The New York Experience: Marketing Blitz
Editor’s Lamenting Doggrell

Issue #54 October 1987 Vol. 7, No. 5
Content Title Author
MRG General Meeting announcement
Proposed Resolution for Fall General Meeting
Steering Committee Update
Agenda for Fall General Meeting
MRG Incorporation
AIDS Working Group Update
Toward a Shared Direction for Health in Ontario Ontario Health Review Panel
Doctors using administration fees to get around billing rules
Doctors’ group wants all party leaders to outline plans for ending extra-billing
Health Issues the candidates are ignoring Trevor Hancock
Questions to Political Parties
Ontario Liberal Party Response to MRG Questionnaire
Ontario NDP Response to MRG Questionnaire
Progressive Conservation Party Response to MRG Questionnaire
Close links between doctors, drug industry Joel Lexchin

Issue #55 October - November, 1987 Vol. 7, No. 6
Content Title Author
General Meeting Report Michael Rachlis
A Premier’s Council on Health: Is it a Benefit to Reform or Will It Be an Impediment to Change? Ted Ball

Issue #56 December, 1987 Vol. 7, No. 7
Content Title Author
The Schwartz Commission and Discipline
Doctors Using Administration Fees to Get Around Billing Rules: Report
Why Women's Groups Oppose Depo-Provera Marsha M. Cohen
A Review of "To Hurt and To Heal" Philip Hebert
Another Review of "To Hurt and To Heal" Haresh Kirpalani
AIDS and the Restriction of Liberties Philip Hebert
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Skid Row Revisited
Social Spending Can Avert a Recession
Utilization of Health Care in Ont. Partially Falls in Laps of Doctors Pat Rich
Hospitals Find Sidelines to Raise Money for Care Marina Strauss
Hospital in the Home
Ministers Differ on Linking of Trade, Drugs Christopher Waddell
Report Predicts Imports Will Flood Market Joan Breckenridge
Good Health Care: Is It a Legal Right? David Golden
Business Smells Profit in Bid for Clean Workplace Craig McInnes
Seizing the Unborn
Health Care System Cheaper than in U.S.
Rising Costs of Health Care Still Outstrip Medicare Gains Robert Pear
73 of 100 Sewage Staff Have Skin Complains, Study Says William Walker
Workers Get Right to Pock Own MD for Health Testing John Deverell
No Tests CMA Says
Doctors' Group Wants All Party Leaders to Outline Plans for Ending Extra-Billing
Media Omit AIDS Facts Gkenn Wheeler
Don't Punish the Sick with Deterrent Fees Haresh Kirpalani

Issue #57 March 1988 AIDS and Ethics meeting

Issue #58 February, 1988 Vol. 8, No. 1
Content Title Author
Editorial Haresh Kirpalani
Meeting on MRG Directions Ulli Diemer
Is Ontario Now Ready for H?O's? Robert Frankford
OCAC Response to the Proposed Women's Health Centres Catherine Oliver
Health Promotion & Pesticides the Nicaraguan Strategy Donald Cole and Merri Weiger
Free Trade - It's Effect Upon Women, the Health Care System and the Arms Industry
High Price of Health
Compulsory Obstetric Interventions

Issue #59 April, 1988 Vol. 8, No. 2
Content Title Author
Resolutions for Spring General Meeting
The Fetal Rights Debate Bob Kellermann
Abortion and the Law: What Now? Nikki Colodny
Marlboro Cowboy Rides Again in the East Jack Micay
Impressions of January 29th
AIDS and Medical Confidentiality
Refusal to Treat AIDS and HIV Positive Patients
Drugs and AIDS Denise Grady
The Price of Treating AIDS Joel Lexchin
Insurance Firms Breaking Law Joan Breckenridge
Will Ontario Meet Obligations in AIDS Fight? Philip Berger
Doctor Calls Education Programs Inadequate Lila Sarick
Doctors Opposing the Use of Placebo in Test of AIDS Drug Lillian Newberry
Doctors Continue to Extra-Bill Matt Maychak
News Digest Ulli Diemer
"Asylum": A Film Review Bob James

Issue #60 June, 1988 Vol. 8, No. 3
Content Title Author
Healthy Communities: Canadian Project Trevor Hancock
The Alberta Nurses Strike Trudy Richardson
MRG Spring General Meeting Summary Ulli Diemer
Steering Committee Report
Letter on AIDS Education and Care Philip Berger
Information Sheets for Immunization Robert James
Lawyers for Tobacco Firms Reconnoiter at Trial Morton Mintz
Tobacco Companies Mount Major Legal Effort in Trial Morton Mintz
Setting a Fairer Price for Medicare Judith Feder & Jack Hadley
Controversial Program Would Withold Treatment from Half of the 300 Patients
Good Medicine, Better Business Glen Kramon
Industry Helped at Expense of Research, Student Group Says Margaret Polanyi
Scholar Stresses Home AIDS Care Ann Silversides
Accord Viewed as Near on Medicare Bill Martin Tolchin

Issue #61 September, 1988 Vol. 8, No. 4
Content Title Author
Fall General Meeting
Report on the IV International Conference on AIDS Philip Berger
The National Health Service: Part I
The Medical Reform Group of Ontario, A Study of a Political Interest Group Don Woodside
"Healthy MRG 1989" Don Woodside

Issue #62 October, 1988 Vol. 8, No. 5
Content Title Author
Questions and Themes for the General Meeting Fred Freedman
Steering Committee Report Fall 1988 Don Woodside
Health Focus Group on CHOs Bob Frankford
Drug Use in Zimbabwe and Lesotho Norman Nyazema

Issue #63 December, 1988 Vol. 8, No. 6
Content Title Author
The MRG and Community Clinics Bob James
MRG Fall General Meeting Ulli Diemer
MRG Statement on Free Trade
Health Professions on Legislation Review Update
The Children of the Siege Haresh Kirpalani
Prescribing In Canada: A Review of the Literature Joel Lexchin
The Psychiatric Care of Detainees
Could Free-Trade Deal Lead to Bottom-Line Medicine? Jack Micay
Legalize Midwifery, Group Urge
Epp is Criticized for Veto of Research Using Fetuses Dorothy Lipovenko
Soaring Health Costs are About to Torpedo U.S. Corporate Profits Louis Rukeyser
Drug Patent Under Opposition Fire Janice Turner
Clinics Providing 'Front-Line Medicine' Ann Silversides

Issue #64 February 1989 Vol. 9, No. 1
Content Title Author
Introduction to this issue
Resource Allocation in Health and Health Care
Under-Funding or Resource Allocation? Mimi Divinsky
Medical Malpractice and Redress of Grievances by Law
The Review of Liability and Compensation Issues in Health Care J.R.S. Prichard
Pushing pills: who's to blame for so much poor prescribing? Joel Lexchin
MDs using Squibb drug in study receive computers for office use
Drug advertising’s bitter pill Jack Micay
Musicians’ clinic ready by October
Rocky Flats: Death Inc.
Crisis in the labour room

Issue #65 April, 1989 Vol. 9, No. 2
Content Title Author
Spring meeting to focus on resource allocation
Steering Committee report Mimi Divinsky
Proposed resolution: Resource allocation in health and health care
Community health clinics: a reply to Bob James Frances Kilbertus
Review: “Controlling Health Expenditures: The Canadian Reality” Haresh Kirpalani
News and Views with a Personal Slant Haresh Kirpalani
MRG meets with Health Minister Caplan and Deputy Minister Barkin Joel Lexchin
Comments on Malpractice Haresh Kirpalani
Proposed Resolution: Medical Liability and Compensation Haresh Kirpalani & Don Woodside
Malpractice Insurance: Is There a Better Way? Joel Lexchin
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Is anyone reading the fine print? Joel Lexchin

Issue #66 June, 1989 Vol. 9, No. 3
Content Title Author
Schwartz Dynamite? Don Woodside
Comments on the Schwartz Commission Bob James
Resource Allocation in the Health System Michael Rachlis
Re-Allocating Resources for Health
A National Health Program for U.S.? Robert Frankford
Book Review: "Second Opinion" Fred Freedman
Book Review: Worse than the Disease Robert Frankford
Radical Deficit Cutting Haresh Kirpalani
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #67 August - September, 1989 Vol. 9, No. 4
Content Title Author
Community Health Centres: Another View Jamie Uhrig
Fall meeting to feature proposed changes to Health Professions Act
Health Care Cutbacks at McMaster University Gord Guyatt
Issues in Home Care Bob James
Letter to Elinor Caplan on Home Care Bob James for MRG Steering Committee
Psychiatric Drugs: Letter from Phoenix Rising Phoenix Rising
Reply to Phoenix Rising Mimi Divinsky for MRG Steering Committee
Ontario plan transfers adults from institutions to group homes
What's Sauce for the Goose is not Sauce for the Gander

Issue #68 October, 1989 Vol. 9, No. 5
Content Title Author
Agenda: October MRG Meeting
Update on Occupational Health Issues Susan Stock
Impossible Choices
Proposed Resolution: Funding for Effective but Expensive Interventions Resource Allocation Working Group
Proposed Resolution: Closing & Building New Hospital Beds Resource Allocation Working Group
Proposed Resolution: Capping Health Care Expenditures Resource Allocation Working Group
Proposed Resolution: A Democratic Forum for Decision-making Resource Allocation Working Group
Book Review: Jim: A life with AIDS Susan Inwood
Book Review: Health Care in Canada Haresh Kirpalani
Corporate-funded research may be hazardous to your health Kathleen Hart
Funds end threatens information centre on health and safety Wilfred List
Health Care for All: With Limits Brian Johnston
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #69 December 1989 Vol. 9, No. 6
Content Title Author
MRG Fall Meeting: Resource Allocation Provokes Vigorous Debate
Comprehensive Health Organizations and Resource Allocation Bob Frankford
The New Health Professions Legislation scrutinized
Practical Ways to Provide Health Care to Homeless People Dilin Baker, Street Health
What the MRG Said About the Independent Health Facilities Act
The American disaster Gord Guyatt
Canada does well at controlling health costs Gord Guyatt
Not bad – for a start Joel Lexchin
The doctor’s part in community health Bob Frankford
News briefs Ulli Diemer
Let’s plug the gaps in Ottawa's drug safety laws Joel Lexchin
Round the world

Issue #70 April, 1990 Vol. 10, No. 1
Content Title Author
MRG Directions, Media Strategy, and Resource Allocation Policies to be General Meeting Themes
The MRG Dilemma Ralph W. Sutherland
A Glut of Doctors Don Woodside
What Kind of Primary Care Model? Bob James
What’s Wrong With Primary Care (and What Can We Do About it?) Brian Hutchison
Inside HMOs - From the USA Steffie Woolhandler
MRG Submission on ‘Fetal Rights’ Mimi Divinsky
Review: Inside Ciba-Geigy Olle Hansson
My Summer Vacation Clayton Ruby
B.C. Heart Patients Await News on Bid to Clear Surgery Backlog Deborah Wilson
The Spectre of Two-Tier Medicare Christie Wilson
Ontario MDs Alarmed by Panel's Proposal for Cap on Medicare Christie McLaren
Study Question Need for Clinics Geoffrey York
Group Urges Review of Costly Medical Technologies Christie McLaren
Health Plans Found to Cut Hospital Costs Joan Breckenridge
MDs Consider Limiting Tests for Dementia Paul Taylor
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Shortage of Nurses in Parts of Canada Stirs New Look at Pay Christie McLaren

Issue #71 July, 1990 Vol. 10, No. 2
Content Title Author
"Warning: Poverty is Hazardous to your Health" Havi Echenberg
Poverty - What's Being Done About It? Janet Mosher
SARC Update Cathy Crowe
Facts and Fallacies - Resource Allocation H. Kirpalani and A. Oxman
The MRG Health Policy Menu Ralph W. Sutherland
How You Responded to the Questionnaire
Medical Reform Group of Ontario General Meeting Minutes Ulli Diemer

Issue #72 September, 1990 Vol. 10, No. 3
Content Title Author
Medical Reform Group Press Release Regarding Provincial Elections
Questionnaire Responses from Progressive Conservative and New Democratic Parties
Primary Care
Steering Committee Report August 1900
MRGers Meet With Ontario Medical Association Representatives
Speaking Up for the OMA Bob Frankford
The OMA and the MRG Fred Freedman
MRG's Relationship to OMA Barbara Lent
Letter on Administrative Fees
What the American Medical Press is Saying: Recent News from the NEJM Gord Guyatt
Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals in Western Canada Sue Inwood
Letter on Community Care Eugene Vayda
The Medical Reform Group of Ontario Searches for Purpose Lynne Cohen
Letter to CMA Journal: Our Principles are Still a Beacon
Life After Extrabilling: A Brief Comment Haresh Kirpalani

Issue #73 October, 1990 Vol. 10, No. 4
Content Title Author
MRG Fall Meeting Looks at Primary Care
The Medical Reform Group under an NDP government

Issue #74 February, 1991 Vol. 11, No. 1
Content Title Author
MRG Representatives Meet With Ontario's New Health Minister John W. Frank
Lively Discussion of Life Under NDP Government Ulli Diemer
Abortion Law Policy Mimi Divinsky
The MRG and the Crisis in American Health Care Gord Guyatt
Book Review: Privatization of Health Care: The Case of Ontario Nursing Homes Jane Aronson
Is Access to Health Care an Issue for MRG Members? Dilin Baker, Kathy Jardill, Cathy Crowe
MRG Debated in Canadian Medical Association Journal
Primary Care, NDP Government Main Topic at MRG General Meeting Ulli Diemer

Issue #75 April, 1991 Vol. 11, No. 2
Content Title Author
“The Third Principle” focus of MRG Spring General Meeting
Democratizing the health care system: A proposal for discussion Resource Allocation Group
Summary of presentation to the Standing Committee on Health and Welfare, Social Affairs, Seniors, and the Status of Women Michael Rachlis
Health Care Reform: Issues for the 1990s
Steering Committee Activities
Payment of Physicians Michael Rachlis
About Chain letters, memberships, and surveys
Gulf statement called undemocratic Fred Freedman
Meet aggression with force Fred Freedman
Letter motivated by desire to avert war MRG Steering Committee
Necessary to fight for peace Brian Mulroney
Journal review Gord Guyatt
The view from Queen's Park Bob Frankford
Foreign medical graduates seek recognition
Request for assistance on psychiatric drugs/withdrawal Don Weitz
The MRG and the State of Maine Gord Guyatt
Groups join to fight for medicare
Health-care crisis forecast in Mass.
Universal health care advocates look to Canada
Court overturns OHIP billing decision
Canadian Abortion Rights Action League present Dr. Etienne Baulieu

Issue #76 August, 1991 Vol. 11, No. 3
Content Title Author
Cap On High Billers is a Step in the Right Direction
Patented Medicines Review Board Joel Lexchin
College Looks at Physicians' Relationship to Pharmaceutical Industry Gord Guyatt
Relationship Between Health Science Faculties and the Canadian Pharmaceutical Industry George D. Sweeney
Medical Residency Policy Concerning the Pharmaceutical Industry Gord Guyatt
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Meeting Explores Ideas for Democratizing Health Care Ulli Diemer
Action for U.S. Health Plan Continues Gord Guyatt
No Pot of Gold at the End of U.S. Rainbow, Doctors Warned
Black Masks Against Blue Cross

Issue #77 October, 1991 Vol. 11, No. 4
Content Title Author
Canadian-Style Health Care More Cost Effective
More Questions than Answers... (sigh!) Joel Lexchin
Steering Committee Activities Ulli Diemer
The MRG and the OMA Fred Freedman
Thoughts and Opinions on the OMA
Stop the War Against Women

Issue #78 December, 1991 Vol. 11, No. 5
Content Title Author
MRG 'David' Vows Continued Alternative to OMA 'Goliath' Ulli Diemer
MRG Warns Lankin on Indiscriminate Cost-Cutting
Moves Afoot to Re-Create an Ontario Health Coalition
Letter to Health Minister
Reflection on Speaking Tour in the United States Gord Guyatt
MRG in the USA Haresh Kirpalani
Drug Licensing Changes May Be Imminent
Mothers’ Milk Threatened By Free Trade Pact
User Fees Lead to Two-Tiered Health Care Mimi Divinsky
Time to Look at Medical Resource Management
Concern About Bill 135 E.E. Daniel, Ph.D.
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
OMA Debated at Fall Meeting Ulli Diemer
Excellence in Medical Care Award

Issue #79 April, 1992 Vol. 12, No. 1
Content Title Author
Spring Meetings to Look at the Future of Medicare in Britain and Ontario
Procedures May Be Cut from OHIP
Who Should Decide and How Should Decisions Be Made
MRG Comments On Policy Statements By Health Minister Gordon Guyatt
Orser Commission Report Looks at Health Planning in South Western Ontario Fran Scott
Midwifery in Ontario Karyn J Kaufman RN
Organizational Changes in the Ministry of Health
Patients Without Health Cards Refused Service
Efficiency and Resource Allocation Gord Guyatt
Administrative Costs in Health Care in Canada and the USA Gord Guyatt
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #80 May, 1992 Vol. 12, No. 2
Content Title Author
Medicare is in Danger: What We Can Do to Save It
Future of Medicare On the Line
Delisting Haresh Kirpalani
Resource Allocation Questions
Proposed Delisting of Procedures David Haslam
MRG Responds to Proposals to Re-Direct Long-Term Care
The National Health Service Haresh Kirpalani
Steering Committee Activities
Medical Care in the USA: A Case of Terminal Disease Haresh Kirpalani, Gord Guyatt
Changing the Last Dinosaur Analyzing the Reform of the National Health Service Reg Race

Issue #81 September, 1992 Vol. 12, No. 3
Content Title Author
The MRG, McMaster University and Direct Billing of Patients Gord Guyatt
De-Listing Gets Further Examination Mimi Divinsky
Physician Resource Management: A Debate Which is Crucial to Future of Health Care
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #82 November, 1992 Vol. 12, No. 4
Content Title Author
Physician Reimbursement: A Point-by-Point Analysis
Fall Meeting to Debate the Alternatives
Further Analysis on Payment
Family Physicians' Group Looks at Alternate Payment Mechanism
Whither HSOs? Rosana Pellizzari
Steering Committee Activities

Issue #83 December, 1992 Vol. 12, No. 5
Content Title Author
MRG Meeting Favours Capitation, Salary Over Fee-For-Service for Primary Care MDs Ulli Diemer
Medicare Under Attack: Time for a Popular Campaign Janet Maher
Drug Benefits Plan Undegoes Reform Mitch Levine
Pharmaceuticals Bill Will Drive Up Costs
Patent Greed Ruth Scher
Canadian Health-Care System Superior to U.S. Model, Group Told Adrian Humphreys
MRG Debates How MDs Should Be Paid Ulli Diemer
Attack on Canadian Health Care System Called Very Misleading Gordon Guyatt, Haresh Kirpalani

Issue #84 March, 1993 Vol. 13, No. 1
Content Title Author
Drug Benefit Changes Have Consequences For Low-Income Patients Mimi Divinsky
Science Suports Case for Brand Name Drugs John T. Edward
Higher Costs for Health Care, Higher Profit for Industry Gordon Guyatt
USA Today: Organizing for Health Care Rosana Pellizzari
National Health Care Gets Boost Joan M. Mazzolini
Renumeration of Physicians: Another Opinion J.V. Frei
De-Institutionaliation A Noble Concept That is Often Abused Stephen Date
Take Two Big Doses of Humanity and Called Me in the Morning David South

Issue #85 May, 1993 Vol. 13, No. 2
Content Title Author
Ways to save money without compromising quality of care MRG Resource Allocation Committee
Ontario’s NDP goverment: part of the problem, or part of the solution?
MRG: Lapdog of the NDP? Haresh Kirpalani
Pharmacists’ skills wasted John Hill
Doctors, drug companies still blur guidelines Stephen Rauchman
McMaster U. sets its own policy for residents
Canadian health officials testify in Montpelier on Benefits of Single-Payer System
News briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #86 June, 1993 Vol. 13, No. 3
Content Title Author
The Doctors' Dilemmas Michael Rachlis
Cruelty to Interns Vera Tarman
PAIRO Condemns NDP Government's "Assault On Freedom to Practice"
NDP's Promises Revisited
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Fair Shares
Ten Reasons to Oppose NAFTA

Issue #87 October, 1993 Vol. 13, No. 4
Content Title Author
U.S. Health Care Business Chasing Profits into Canada David South
Marketing Health Care to Americans? Paul Huras
Who's Padding the Costs of Health Care? Ernie Lightman
Doctors Get Off Lightly, MRG Says Gord Guyatt
Solving Improper OHIP Buildings Gordon Guyatt, Haresh Kirpalani
Get Active in Health Care Battle, Reform Group Urges Craig Sumi
Looking at Canada's Health Care: It's 'Poised to Self-Destruct' Jerome C. Arnett, Jr.
Canada’s Single-Payer Health Care Scheme A Singular Success Gordon Guyatt, Haresh Kirpalani, Mimi Divinsky
NDP Government Flailed at June Meeting Ulli Diemer
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Science Sells Out To Low Bid Maude Barlow, David Noble
Timely House Call for Health System Michael Rachlis

Issue #88 November, 1993 Vol. 13, No. 5
Content Title Author
Drug Reform Mistakes Mimi Divinsky
Saving Low-Volume Emergency Departments Fletcher R.D.
Did Doctors Get a Sweet Deal from the Social Construct Rosanna Pellizzari, Gord Guyatt
Not All Doctors Got Off Lightly Bob James
NDP Performance Diverges from Principles Gord Guyatt
What Does Federal Election Mean for Medicare Vera Tarman
Different Vision of Health Care Steve Roedde, Janet McLeod
Steering Committee Update
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
Bitter Harvest in Vietnam

Issue #89 February, 1994 Vol. 14, No. 1
Content Title Author
Primary Care Alternatives Scrutinized Gord Guyatt
Practice Guidelines Discussed Ulli Diemer
Marcel Masse Was Right the First Time Bob Frankford
Bill 50: Tinkering With the Non-System
De-Listing: Flawed Process, Wrong Focus
MRG Critical of Proposed Delisting Rosana Pellizzari and Mimi Divinsky
What Moves a Doctor
Bush Visit Protested
Prescription Drug Reform: Maybe Universality? Bob Frankford
CHCs Defended Dennise Albrecht
CHC Approach Long-Term and Preventative Margot Morgan
HSOs Cost-Efficient and Progressive Fred Freedman
Community Health Centres Not the Enemy Rosana Pelizzari
On Liberals, Tories, and NPD - All Birds of a Feather Haresh Kirpalani
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #90 April, 1994 Vol. 14, No. 2
Content Title Author
MRG Spring Meeting Goes Multi-National
The Struggle for National Health Insurance in the U.S. Dr. Quentin Young
Julian Tudor Hart Bob Frankford
Canadian Health Coalition Initiates Process to Define Principles for Health Care Reform Stephen Leary
Draft Proposals Only: Principles for Health Care Reform
HSOs and CHCs: Divide and Conquer? Bob James
Budget Consultation with Ontario’s Treasurer Gordon Guyatt
CMA's 'Anti-Doctor Bias' Angers Some Doctors Matt Borsellino
Academic Medicine and Pharmaceutical Industry: A Cautinary Tale Gordon Guyatt
Doctors and Drug Companies in France Jean-Michel Normand
Reform of Canada’s Primary Health Care System John Forster, Walter Rosser, Maggie Grogan
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #91 July, 1994 Vol. 14, No. 3
Content Title Author
Holdback Formula Penalizes Low Billers, MRG Says
Giving Birth to Propaganda Haresh Kirpalani, Rosana Pelizzari
The Political Use of Patients
Welcome Nurse Practitioners Rosana Pellizzari
Questionable Tactics on Nurse Practioner Use Alba Mitchell
2% Billing Holdback Undemocratic: MDs Suzanne Morrison
Costly Drugs Overprescribed, Study Finds Rod Mickleburgh
A Triangular Concept of the Ethics of Health Care Delivery: Access, Autonomy, and Cost Containment Jason J S Barton
New Challenges for Vietnam Jamie Uhrig
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #92 September, 1994 Vol. 14, No. 4
Content Title Author
Fall General Meetings Asks: What Does “Medically Necessary” Mean? Ulli Diemer
User Fees Hurt Sick, Poor, MRG Says
Getting to the Core of Comprehensiveness Rosana Pellizzari
How Should We Decide Where Resources Should Go?
More Traffic Means Less Health James Munro
Health Care and Nafta Cindy Wiggins
News Briefs Ulli Diemer
NAFTA and De-Insurance
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #93 December, 1994 Vol. 14, No. 5
Content Title Author
Support for Nurse Practitioners as Members of Health Care Team
Clawback Magnifies Fee-For-Service Distortions
Can We Define "Medical Necessity"? Do We Want To?
Quicker Care is Better Care Gordon Guyatt, Murray Enkin
Eight Alberta Horror Stories
The Alberta Experiment Kathleen Connors
The MRG and Health Care Reform in the United States Gordon Guyatt
California Dreaming: A Fall Reflection from an American Health Care Reformer Clifford Rosen
Galloping Toward Oligopoly: Giant H.M.O. or Giant H.M.O. 'B'? Steffie Woolhandler, David Himmelstein
Forum on Primary Health Reform
Completely Healthy, Utterly Unattainable? Simon Dyson
Cold Hearts and Coronaries Sonja Hunt
Leave Well-Being Alone David Seedhouse
General Meeting Tackles "Medical Necessity" Ulli Diemer
News Briefs Ulli Diemer

Issue #94 April, 1995 Vol. 15, No. 1
Content Title Author
OMA Suspends Negotiations With the Government: Good Riddance
Ontario Medical Association's "Social Contract Days" Penalize Patients
Sparks Fly Call to Lobby Patients
Family Physicians Group Encourages Unethical Behaviour in Its Members
College of Family Physicians Responds to MRG Media Release L. Cheryl Katz
Doctor-Patient Relationship Shouldn't Be Used for Politicking Mimi Divinsky, Gord Guyatt, Rosana Pellizzari
GPs Urged to Fight Nursing Plan Jane Coutts
Incorporation for Ontario Physicians
Public Health Services are Essential Services
Aberman, Rachlis Face Off Over Ontario Health-Care Funding Pat Rich
Maintain the Principles of Equal Access Regardless of Income
Ensuring a Healthy Canada: Where Should the Money Come From?
Federal Budget Makes Tragic Choices for Canada's Future John Loxley
New Zealand Government Rations Life and Death With Attack on Health Care Felicity Coggan
Warning: This Budget is Dangerous to Your Health
Will the Liberal Government Betray Medicare?
The Eugenics of Health Care in the U.S. Johnny Townshend
Privatization Not the Answer Bob Frankford
Draft Policy on Insured Services
Ten Steps to Better Health in Canada Canadian Health Coalition
When Health Becomes a Weapon Melissa Jameson
Medicare Under the Knife

Issue #95 October, 1995 Vol. 15, No. 2
Content Title Author
The Common Sense Revolution Ian Scott
The Determinants of Health: How can we pay for them? Ian Scott
Values Gap
Ontario Medical Association’s advocacy of Privatization betrays medicare
Strategic planning for the Medical Reform Group
Ontario should consider B.C.’s cost-saving drug plan
Privatizing Health Care: No Debate Needed
A Capitation-based Primary Health Care System: A Major Step Forward
Medical Reform Group Challenges Marleau to Stand Firm on Medicare
Medicare works best if affluent are forced to defend it Philip Berger
The doctor won’t see you now Rosana Pellizzari
Why doctors flirt with giving medicare the kiss-off Lisa Priest
Ten Reasons to be concerned about Block Funding
Welfare fightback
An experience not to be missed Bob Frankford
Canadian Council on National Issues Ian Scott
Linda McQuaig’s Shooting the Hippo Ian Scott
Unemployment may kill, doctors say
OHA under scrutiny over Blue Cross sale
PNHP broadens its agenda Gordon Schiff
Telling the Truth About Medicare Diane Lardie
Doctors check national pulse Jane Coutts

Issue #96 December, 1995 Vol. 15, No. 3
Content Title Author
Universality: Condition Critical Gordon Guyatt
Semi-Annual General Meeting November 18th
Emmet Hall Dies
Medical Reform Welcomes Letters
Doctors Split on Capitation Alternative
Tax Cuts to Ride on Back of Poor and Sick
A Warning for Mike Harris
Harris' Budget Disaster for Ontario's Health
Omnibus a Prelude to US Style Health Care
Letter Sent to Premier Mike Harris
Letter Send to Calgary Laundry Workers
MDs, Patients Differ on Health Views Jane Coutts
Hospitals Preferred Over Tax Relief: OHA Plans to Show Survey Findings to Tory Government Bent on Restraint Michael Grange
More Patient Education is Urged Robin Harvey
Hamilton May Be Off Limits to New Doctors Suzanne Morrison
Critique of Alberta Medical Association Proposal Fee for Comprehensive Care Michael Rachlis
Ontario HSO Program: A Capitation Island in a Fee-For Service Sea Bob James
Southern Exposure: Managing Patients in a Managed Care Environment Clifford Rosen
Dial a Doctor: Dialing for Dollars Rosana Pellizzari
Jake's Life - A Film by Laura Sky

Issue #97 March 1996 Vol. 15, No. 4
Issue #98 June 1996 Vol. 16, No. 1
Issue #99 - 100 September 1996 Volume 16, No. 2-3
Issue #101 December 1996 Volume 16, No. 4
Issue #102 March 1997 Volume 16, No. 4
Issue #103 June 1997 Volume 17, No. 1
Issue #104 Volume 17, No. 2
Issue #105 Volume 17, No. 3
Issue #106 March 1998 Volume 17, No. 4
Issue #107 June 1998 Volume 18, No. 1
Issue #108 September 1998 Volume 18, No. 2
Issue #109 Volume 18, No. 3
Issue #110 Volume 18, No. 4
Issue #111 Volume 19, No. 1
Issue #112 September 1999 Volume 19, No. 2
Issue #113 January 2000 Volume 19, No. 3-4
Issue #114 April 2000 Volume 20, No. 1
Issue #115 Volume 20, No. 2
Issue #116 Volume 20, No. 3
Issue #117 Volume 20, No. 4
Issue #118 Volume 21, No. 1
Issue #119 Volume 21, No. 2
Issue #120 Volume 21, No. 3
Issue #121 Volume 21, No. 4
Issue #122 Volume 22, No. 1

Issue #123 Fall, 2002 Vol. 22, No. 2
Content Title Author
Apocalypse No, The Myth of Againg and a Health Care Crisis Gordon Guyatt
A Small but Important Difference
Canadian "Medicare Refugee Myth" Debunked in Major US Study Charlotte Gray
Ontario Needs Another Urgent Government Policy Reversal
Premiers Call for New Funding Partnership for Health Care for Canadians
New Study by the Conference Board on Fiscal Imbalance in Canada
Canada's Health Ministers Progress on Health Care Renewal and Healthy Living
Shelter from the Storm
Update on Coalition Building in Saskatoon
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee Needs Your Support
Campbell Cuts Threaten Quality of Care in British Columbia
Yuppie Scans Would Allow Queue-Jumping
Yuppie Scan Open Door to Us For-Profit Care
Tough Issues for Romanow Commission
Consumer Choice
Your Money and/or Your Life
Developing Healthy Prescribing Habits in Young Doctors
Mary Robinson: A Woman of Courage
Canada Strengthens Its Response to the Rich-Poor Gap in Global Health Research Vic Neufeld

Issue #124 Winter, 2003 Vol. 22, No. 3
Content Title Author
Investor Owned Private For Profit Health Care Facilities Are To Die For PJ Devereaux
Kirby Wrong to Dismiss Our Findings Philip Devereaux and Gordon Guyatt
Kirby Report: Three (or more) Steps Forward, One Step Back
Trade Deals Spell Danger for Canadian Health Care
The Romanow Report's Funding Plans Gordon Guyatt
The Romanow Commission: Cautious Steps in the Right Direction Michael Rachlis
Romanow on Primary Care: The Same Ol'? Ted Haines
Was Homecare A Hit or A Miss for Romanow?
The Pharmacare Promise
Romanow Gets An A
2002 Fall Members Meeting
Message to Manley: The Cupboard Isn't Bare Armine Yalnizyan
Beyond Ronamow: Why $3.5 Billion is Not Enough
Accountability: Why Strings Need to be Attached to Health Care Dollars
Auditor's Report Wake-Up Call for Lax Liberals
Tories Ignore Local Input on Primary Care Reform
Harper or Romanow, Who's on the Real Dinosaur?
Public Health Care is the Choice of Big Business
Lots of Reasons to Think Twice About Cancer Screening
New May Not Be Better When It Comes to Drugs
Drug Firms' Power a Challenge for Canadian Pharmacare
The Doha Declaration and Access to Drugs

Issue #125 Spring, 2003 Vol. 22, No. 4
Content Title Author
Next Steps on Romanow Rosana Pellizzari
PJ's Very Excellent Adventure Janet Maher
Critique of the NDP Health Platform Gordon Guyatt
The Liberals: Style or Substance Ted Haines
Let Ontarians Do the Math Janet Maher
Americans Study Canada: The AMSA Comparative Health Policy Tour Gary Bioch
Canada's Drug Regulators - Working For You or for the Industry?
Want to Run a For-Profit MRI: Donate to Provincial Tories
Federal Government Showing the Right Stuff
Principles and Policy Statements of the Medical Reform Group
Why Leave the MRG? And Why Re-Join the MRG? Haresh Kirpalani
Tories Target Hospital Audits, Ignore Their Own

Issue #126 Summer, 2003 Vol. 23, No. 1
Content Title Author
Moving Forward On Public Health in Canada: Spring Members Meeting
More Spendings Doesn't Always Mean Better Health Care
Is Medicalization a Threat to Health?
How to Keep a Healthy State of Mind
Getting High Quality Information on What's Going on in Iraq
The Costs of Medical School: Are Rising Tuition Fees Going to Affect Health Care Delivery? Irfan Dhalia, Jeff Kwong and Ian Johnson
A Medical Career: Soon to be: "The Inaccessible Dream"
An Open Letter to First Ministers of Health
Solution to Federal-Provincial Bickering Over Health

Issue #127 Fall, 2003 Vol. 23, No. 2
Content Title Author
Can an Ontario Election Be Good for Our Health? Rosana Pellizzari
McLellan Public Health Announcement Rosana Pellizzari
Canada Health Act on Trial Steven Shrybman
Do Not Be Deterred by the Resistance of the Provinces
Politicians Benefit Personally from Supporting Investor-Owned For-Profit Care
Evidence-Based Medicine is Changing Medical Practice
Bad News for Ontarians: Boutique Medicine Arrives in Toronto
Letters of Inquiry to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Ontario's Private For-Profit MRI and CT Scanners: Saviour or Scourge? Bradley MacIntosh and Ted Haines
Explaining Mysterious Government Policy
Brampton's P3 Hospital: What the Candidates Have to Say Bradley MacIntosh
Medical Necessity and Yuppie Scans
Poaching by Private, For-Profit MRI Clinics Threatens Hospital Care
New Research and Campaign News from Physicians for a National Health Program
Equity VS. Equality: MRG Principles Go Under the Knife Gary Bloch

Issue #128 Winter, 2004 Vol. 23, No. 3
Content Title Author
Romanow Report Remains Unfulfilled Promise Gordon Guyatt
MRG Prescription Drugs Brief: A Summary Bradley MacIntosh
Brief to House of Commons Standing Committee on Health: Executive Summary Joel Lexchin
Boutique Medicine Irfan Dhalia
Holding the New Ontario Government Accountable for Its Promises
Keeping the Promise
P3S Are Not the Only For Profit Health Care Services We Need to Guard Against
Funding Hospital Infrastructure: Why P3S Don't Work, and What Will Summary
Profits from Pain: A Story of Health Care in the U.S. - Fall Members Meeting
Toronto Student Chapter Launches
National Health Council: The On-Going Saga
Canada Health Council Plan a Disaster, Must Change
Second Letter to Health Minister McLellan on Health Council September 29, 2003
Citizen Engagement Janet Maher
Will the Health Care Watchdog Have Teeth
Advocating National Health Council to the Provinces
Street Nurse Cathy Crowe Honoured in Amsterdam

Issue #129 Spring, 2004 Vol. 23, No. 4
Content Title Author
Health and Human Rights Ahmed Bayoumi
A Question of Priorities Rachelle Sender
Health-care wait is worth it Gordon Guyatt
Intervening on Ontario Bill 8
Brief to the Justice Committee on Justice and Social Policy on Bill 8 MRG Brief
MRG student chapter is born Aaron Rostas
University of Toronto tuition fee rally Philip Berger & Ahmed Bayoumi
Prescription for Excellence: How innovation is saving Canada’s health care system Michael Rachlis
Industry and health a deadly mix
CHC Urgent Action Alert
Two-tier medicine threatens equitable health care delivery
Canadian Health Coalition calls for federal moratorium on public-private partnerships Canadian Health Coalition
Health Ministry sit-in first step in escalating campaign to stop the private hospitals Ontario Health Coalition

Issue #130 Summer, 2004 Vol. 24, No. 1
Content Title Author
Revisiting the 2004 Ontario Liberal budget Brad MacIntosh
Simple, Appealing, and Wrong Gord Guyatt
Supreme Court delays decision in important Medicare case Brad MacIntosh
PFI’s: Implications for P3s in Canada Ted Haines
No good reason to allow for-profit independent health facilities Irfan Dhalla
The New Red Book: Required Reading Yves Talbot
Merchants in the Temple?
Implications of the NAFTA and GATS for Canada’s Health Care System
Drug makers deceive doctors Gordon Guyatt
Attack provinces to save medicare Gordon Guyatt
Why try to fix what is not broken?

Issue #131 Fall, 2004 Vol. 24, No. 2
Content Title Author
Your money and your life:
The consequences of investor-owned private for-profit health care delivery
P.J. Devereaux
MRG to Premiers: Abandon the Firewall MRG media release
Public funding, not for-profit delivery: Help for Ujjal Dosanjh MRG media release
The Premiers' annual theatrical performance: Consensus masks confusion Michael Rachlis
Are there hard data on waiting lists?
MRG urges College of Physicians and Surgeons to eliminate boutique medicine Irfan Dhalla
Pharmacare in the public interest Canadian Health Coalition
Can we get national Pharmacare now? Joel Lexchin
Is there a logic to delisting? Ahmed Bayoumi
Public health and women’s reproductive health rights Rosana Pellizzari
New book on social determinants of health
All our children Anne Mullens
Cathy Crowe: Progress Report Cathy Crowe
“Why should I trust you?”

Issue #132 Winter, 2005 Vol. 24, No. 3
Content Title Author
Block fees undermine accessibility to health care: Doctors’ group calls on government to ban patient charges Irfan Dhalla and Gordon Guyatt
College of Physicians and Surgeons should vote down policy permitting patient charges MRG media release
Nearsighted physicians reject deal with government MRG media release
Smitherman right to play tough with doctors MRG media release
Serious limitations in health care deal MRG media release
A new Liberal version of primary health care Rosana Pellizzari
Recruitment call: sexual and reproductive health
Steering Committee 2004 - 2005
Premiers should not give up on Pharmacare MRG media release
How to build a national Pharmacare program Brad MacIntosh
Experts discuss national Pharmacare: Reports of Fall 2004 Members’ Meeting
The Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme: A Universal Scheme Doctors Reform Society of Australia
Introducing Medicare’s Newest Child: National Pharmacare Brad MacIntosh
Message to Premiers on the Eve of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meetings Rosana Pellizzari for MRG
Threats to Academic Freedom should worry public MRG media release
Medicare criticisms simplistic Gordon Guyatt
HMOs drive up U.S. health costs Gordon Guyatt
Health crisis in Nigeria Anthony Okwuosah

Issue #133 Spring, 2005 Vol. 25, No. 1
Content Title Author
What Can We Learn From The Primary Care Reform Process in Latin America?
Getting Beyond the Spin: Federal Budget 2005 and What It Means for Addressing the Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor Janet Maher
Block Fees and Bill 8
Canada Health Council Report: Governments, Please Listen, and Respond
Ontario Liberals Shortchanging Health Care
For-Profit Nursing Homes Short-Change Patients
Narrow Self-Interest Driving Doctors to Question OMA Deal
What are Ihins and What Will They Mean to Toronto Health Organizations
Money Well Spent Gordon Guyatt
Prescription for Excellence: Some Ideas Whose Time Has Come Gordon Guyatt
Seeking Accountability on Canada Health Act Violations
Canada Global Health Initiative: Where are the Women? Cathy Nangini
Reproductive Health Working Group to Meet
Camping in Nathan Phillips Square

Issue #134 Summer, 2005 Vol. 25, No. 2
Content Title Author
Personal Attack, Political Weapon Gordon Guyatt
Boutique Medicine, Block Fees and Other Strategies to Implement Two Tier Medicine by Stealth: Update on the Ontario Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act Janet Maher, Brad MacIntosh
Home Free? Home-Bound? Or Homeless? Putting Home Care Back on the National Agenda John Maher
Ontario Health Coalition Calls for Vigilance on Caplan
Supreme Court Throws a Curve on Chaoulli
Canadian Health Coalition Action Alert on Chaoulli Decision
Chaoulli Decision Protects Only Those Who Can Pay
Student MRG Health Initiative: Where is Canada? Cathy Nangini and Brad MacIntosh
Working Group on Reproductive and Sexual Health Janet Maher
The Plan B Fiasco: How Canada Has Made Emergency Cantraception Harder to Get Rosana Pellizzari

Issue #135 Fall, 2005 Vol. 25, No. 2
Content Title Author
MDs' Group Should Stand Firmly By Medicare: Canada's Doctors Have Chance To Let Us Know If They Stand For Equal Treatment For All Irfan Dhalia
The Canadian Medical Association and Private Care
A Friendly Debate on the Chaoulli Decision
Klein Way the Wrong Way, Doctors Say
Ideology Trumps Evidence
CMA President Betrays Canadians
A Cautinary Tale: Britain's Experience with Private Health Care
Which Doctors Want Private Health Care?
Hamilton Health Coalition Plans for Plebiscite on For-Profit Health Care
Dr. Mimi Divinsky Awarded the Norman Bethune Medal (1st Class)!
Heroes in the Special Diet Campaign Janet Maher
Making Advocates of Physicians
Some Resources for the Raise the Rates Campaign Janet Maher
Medical Reform Group Joins the Hunger Campaign
The City Replies to the First Letter
Another Letter to the City of Toronto
Toronto Health Care Provides Enumerate Front Line Concerns With City Rule Changes
City of Toronto Councillor Mihevc Responds to Renewed Queries: Same Answers for Different Questions
The Experience of a Lifetime
MRG Joins Canadian Women's Health Network To Improve Access to Emergency Contraception: Update on Plan B Rosana Pellizzari

Issue #136 Vol. 25, No. 3

Issue #137 Spring - Summer, 2006 Vol. 25, No. 4; Vol. 26, No. 1
Content Title Author
Ontario Budget 2006 - No Relief for the Poorest Despite Improved Revenue Picture Janet Maher
Advocates Want Province to Address the Social Deficit Too
The CMA Supports Public Health Care System - Or Does It? Norman Kalant
Canadian Doctors for Medicare Karen Troliope Kumar
Student Petition Attracts 1,000 Signers Janet Maher
Say It Again - No to P3S
Medical Writers Threaten Boycott of CMA Editors' Dismissals Explained
MRG vs. Big Pharma. Ontario's Bill 102 Janet Maher
Neglected Disease Research and Development
Emergency Contraception Update
National Pharmacare Strategy Janet Maher
Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks - Rearranging the Desk Chairs? Karen Troliope Kumar
Money and Medicine: In For-Profit Health Care, Investors Have No Contact With Parents, Profits Leave the Facility and the Incidence of Physician Fraud is Starting Gordon Guyatt
Medical Reform Group Challenges New Health Minister
Mr. Harper, We Will Forgive You If You Drop Your Guaranteed Wait Time Promise
MRG Provides Input on Federal Budget
Health Providers Against Poverty Janet Maher
McGuinty Government Forced to Correct Disability Privacy Breach
Poverty - An Issue for the OMA? Mimi Divinsky
Queen's Park Ignoring Looming Health Crisis
Special Diet Allowance Action Kit: Fighting Poverty to Improve Health
Poverty Leads to a General Increased Risk of Developing Health Problems
A Path Wisely Avoided: For-Profit Boutique Clinics and the Road to the Destruction of Medicare Natalie Mehra
Valuing Health Protection
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Issue #138 Fall, 2006 Vol. 26, No. 2
Content Title Author
CMA Moves Toward Private Health Care At Annual Meeting Irfan Dhalia
BC Medical Association Lines Up Behind Two-Tier Advocate - A Discredit to the Profession
Message to the CMA: Choose Public Interest, Not Self-Interest Gordon Guyatt
A Doctor is 'Saddened' by the Choices of his Profession
Medical Students Across Canada Speak Out Against Two-Tier Medicine Larissa Liontos
Medical Students Urge CMA to Support Medicare
The Struggle Continues... An Update from Health Providers Against Poverty Gary Bloch
Ontario Raise the Rates Lobby
High Costs and Hard Choices
Bill 102 - Big Pharma Wins Again Morman Kalant
Court Challenge of Direct to Consumer Drug Advertising Steven Barrett
National Pharmacare Strategy a Hard Sell with Premiers
A Status Report From the Premiers' Meeting from BC Government
Plus Ca Change - Reflection on 1986

Issue #139 Winter, 2007 Vol. 26, No. 3
Content Title Author
Canwest Set to Challenge Ban on DTCA Alicia Priest
Some Considerations for Today's Progressive Physicians Haresh Kirpalani
Ontario's Finances in Better Shape than Liberals Let On, Says Ontario Alternative Budget
Ontario Must Treat Health Centre Staff Fairly Miriam Garfinkle and Sharon Gazeley
Ontario Health Coalition Releases Analysis of Bill 140 - Ontario Long Term Care Act
Ontario Health Coalition Key Issues - November 25, 2006
Medical Reform Group Lauds Alberta Health Care Turnaround
Medical Reform Group Congratulates Harper on Dropping Wait Times Guarantee
Two-Tier Health Clinic Opening in Kingston Today Contravenes Law: Ontario Health Coalition Calls On Ministry to Take Action
Ontario Health Coalition Honours Devereaux
Engaging the Canadian Medical Association on the Public-Private Interface

Issue #140 Spring, 2007 Vol. 26, No. 4
Content Title Author
Friend, Activist, Advocate, Mentor: Dr. Miriam (Mimi) Divinsky 1953 - 2007 Mimi Divinsky
Drug Benefit Changes Have Consequences for Low-Income Patients Mimi Divinsky
Take a Stand Against Delisting Mimi Divinsky
Drug Reform Mistakes Mimi Divinsky
Users Fees Lead to Two-Tiered Health Care Mimi Divinsky
MRG Critical of Propoosed Delisting Mimi Divinsky
Not Just Tourists Toronto
Activists Lobby Toronto Board of Health Mimi Divinsky
Memories of Mimi Divinsky
Brian Day's Activities "Shameful" Says Medical Reform Group
Health Care and the New Federal Budget
Ontario Budget 2007 - The McGuinty Poverty Budget Disappoints the Poor Most of All
Health Providers Call on Premier and Finance Minister to Ensure Provincial Budget Recognizes Links Between Poverty, Food Security and Health
Keeping an Eye on City Hall
Commentary: Science Scandal or Ethics Scandal? Olivieri Redux Arthur Schafer
Submission to the Standing Committee on Government Agencies Re: The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board Carol Kushner

Issue #141 Summer, 2007 Vol. 27, No. 1
Content Title Author
What Will Bring Sanity to the Debate on Drug Costs?
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Emergency Contraceptive Pill Plan B Now Available Without a Prescription in BC
Update on Women and Health Protection Emergency Contraception File Janet Maher
Spring Members Meeting Janet Maher
Health Providers Against Poverty Janet Maher
Monitoring Toronto's Response to the Special Diet Campaign
Alliances with Other Groups Norman Kalant
Health Canada Cost Recovery Initiative Janet Maher
Open Medicine Off to a Great Start: Canadian Health Care Far Better Deal Than U.S.
MRG to Harper: Push Back to Quebec
Charter Challenge Against Single-Tier Health Care in Ontario
Tory Health Platform A Recipe for Privatization: Ontario Health Coalition Bracing for Confrontation in Ontario Election
Ontario's Income Gap at All-Time High
Safer - Improving Women's Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Issue #142 Fall, 2007 Vol. 27, No. 2
Content Title Author
Self-Interest Over Public Interest Gordon Guyatt
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Canadian Medical Association Chooses Narrow Self-Interest Over Public Interest
Lessons from the Special Diet Campaign Gary Bloch
Strengthening the Mandate of Ontario Public Health Units Rosana Pellizzari
Safer Visit
Pushing the Boundaries of Direct to Consumer Advertising
Claude Castonguay: On the Road to Damascus or Road to the Bank? Norman Kalant
Pharmacare: Equity, Efficiency and Effectiveness, We've Waited Long Enough Joel Lexchin
Completing the Vision: Achieving the Second Stage of Medicare Michael Rachlis
Safer Visit to Democratic Republic of the Congo Brad McIntosh

Issue #143 Winter, 2008 Vol. 27, No. 3
Content Title Author
Time to Add Dental Care to the Basket of Health Care Services Hazel Stewart
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
A Poverty Elimination Strategy for Ontario
Pharmacist Prescribing: What's Below the Water Line? Wendy Armstrong and Verna Milligan

Issue #144 Spring, 2008 Vol. 27, No. 4
Content Title Author
Operationalizing Health Equity: How Ontario's Health Services Can Contribute to Reducing Health Disparities Michael Rachlis
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Reviewing the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Tougher Regulation Needed for Drug Industry
Student Chapter at University of Western Ontario
Student Cry Foul on Doctor Shortage
Medical Reform Group Decries Exclusion of Non-For-Profit Providers from Home Care Building
Medical Reform Group: CMA Using An Axe Instead of a Scalpel
Castonguay Report: Ideology, Self-Interest Trumps Evidence, Public Good
P3 (Public-Private Partnerships) Hospitals: What Can We Learn from Others Norman Kalant
Medical Reform Group Bylaw Proposed by-law Amendments
Another Charter Challenge?
News on Emergency Contraception

Issue #145 Fall, 2008 Vol. 28, No. 1 - 2
Content Title Author
Achieving Equity in Health Ahmed Bayoumi
Working with Ontario's Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction Janet Maher
Consulting with Ontarians on Poverty Reduction
Ontario Government Consultations on a Poverty Reduction Strategy Gary Bloch
Building On Ontario's Strength: Submission to the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reaction
Unhealthy Approach to Hospitals
Ontario Health Coalition Commissions a Panel on Home Care
Constitutional Amendments
MRG Joins Advocacy on Bill C-484, Private Member's Bill on Unborn Victims of Crime
Morgentaler Appointed to Order of Canada
Tougher Regulation Needed for Drug Industry
Bill C-51 Keeps Consumers in the Dark
MRG Suggestions for Improving Federal Bill C-51 Amendments to the Federal Food and Drug Act
A Health Care Lesson for Canada Irfan Dhalia
MRG Responds to BC Government Threat to Abolish Therapeutics Initiative
Where is the International Response to Depravity and Sexual Violence in Dr. Congo? Brad MacIntosh

Issue #146 Winter, 2009 Vol. 28, No. 3
Content Title Author
MRG Steering Committee Endorses Jeff Turnbull for CMA President
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Doctors' Group to Government: No Health Care Cuts
Eroding Public Medicare Natalie Mehra
Acknowledging the New Minister of Health and New Liberal Leader
Lobby Letter on Federal Budget
Recession Relief Fund
Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired
Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy Janet Maher
Equity for Newcomers to Ontario
P3 Disaster Demands Change, Doctors Say
Home Care: Change We need
Couillard Ethics Big Problem: MDs
Fall Meeting Report

Issue #147 Spring, 2009 Vol. 28, No. 4
Content Title Author
It's Time to Act - Students for Medicare Organize to Fill Gaps in their Education Janet Maher, Malika Sharma
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Provincial Budget Janet Maher
Bill 152 and the Ontario Government Commitment to a Transparent Poverty Reduction Process Janet Maher
Member Profile: Rosana Pellizzari, Community Medicine Specialist Janet Maher
Update on Special Diet Janet Maher
MRG Calls on the Premier to Honour Spirit of His Poverty Reduction Targets
Federal Budget 2009 Janet Maher
Europe Yes, Privatization No, Say Doctors
Catastrophic Drug Coverage is Not Enough Janet Maher
Ontario Government Relents a Little on OHIP for Immigrants and Refugees Janet Maher

Issue #148 Summer - Fall, 2009 Vol. 29, No. 1 - 2
Content Title Author
A Canadian Physician's Perspective on the U.S. Health Care Debate Ritka Goel
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
A Canadian Doctor Diagnoses U.S. Healthcare Michael Rachlis
Healthy Citizens Start with Healthy Doctors
Reimbursement For Primary Care Physicians: Is Capitation the Answer? Rachelle Sender
Concerns on Bill 179
Some Lessons from the UK
Incoming CMA President's Apocalyptic Rhetoric Unfortunate, Misleading, Says Doctors
Doctors Welcome CMS Leadership Change
A Mid-term Assessment of the McGuinty Government On Health Janet Maher
Health Insurance a Human Right? Janet Maher
Fair Pay and Reduced Delay Janet Maher
Recession Sidelines Polices to Dress Women's Poverty: Study

Issue #149 Winter, 2010 Vol. 29, No. 3
Content Title Author
Health Reform Canada and US: What Does the Evidence Tell Us? Gordon Guyatt
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Jeff Turnbull, Marginalized Populations in Canada and the CMA Blueprint for Health Care Transformation Ritika Goel
More Evidence Health Care Equity and Efficiency Go Hand in Hand
Nurse Practitioner-Physician Collaboration: A Solution to Achieving High Quality Accessible Primary Health Care in Canada Alba DiCenso
Conflict of Interest at the CIHR Governing Council
Dr. Bennett Responds to Pressure on the Commons Health Committee
MRG Calls for Withdrawl of Prigent Appointment

Issue #150 Spring, 2010 Vol. 30, No. 1
Content Title Author
Ontario's Big Pharma Drug War
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Three Steps to Make Pharmacare a Reality for All Irfan Dhalia
Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award for Olivieri Gordon Guyatt
Maintaining Pressure for Equity for Parents at the OMA
Letter for Premier McGuinty
Ontario Budget 2010 Janet Maher
Building a Culture of Patient-Centered Care
Myth: Most Physicians Prefer Free-For Service Payments
Reality Check on Health-Care Costs Michael Rachlis
NHS Has Seen Little Benefit from Market Reforms Says Think Tank Zosia Kmietowicz
15 by 15: Early Human Investment in BC

Issue #151 Fall, 2010 Vol. 30, No. 2
Content Title Author
Paying for Health Care in Canada
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Expanded Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners
How to Heal Health Delivery Michael Rachlis
Canada Playing in Wrong Health League Michael Rachlis
Accountability on the Social Assistance Review
Where Are We on Poverty Reduction?
Canadian Health Coalition Campaigns
Ontario Hospital Association Model By-Laws Will Muzzle Critical Doctors Says Medical Reform Group
Letter to OHA on New Prototype Hospital By-Laws
A Quick Way to Ease Poverty
Students Seek to Better Education on Health Care Issues Ritka Goel

Issue #152 Winter, 2011 Vol. 30, No. 3
Content Title Author
Organizing for Medicare Janet Maher and Ritika Goel
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
National Pharmacare Strategy Janet Maher
Psychiatry and Anti-Poverty Work
Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy Update Janet Maher
Health Care Experts Propose New Ways to Publicly Fund Health Care
What Can Be Better in Canada's Health Care System
For All Our Sakes, BC Must Reverse Course On Drug Review Policy
Private Home Care Demand On The Rise
2010 Ontario Auditor General Focuses On Health Care Gaps Janet Maher

Issue #153 Spring, 2011 Vol. 30, No. 4
Content Title Author
Alternative Federal Budget 2011: Rethink, Rebuild, Renew
Editorial Notes John Maher
Federal Budget: The Government's Plan
Other Election Resources: The Economic Case for Universal Pharmacare
Ontario Budget Janet Maher
Put Health Care on the Ballot
Liberal Party Platform Highlights
NDP Platform Highlights
Green Party Platform Highlights
First Ministers' Health Care Agreement

Issue #154 Summer, 2011 Vol. 31, No. 1
Content Title Author
Content Without Context: Education of Canadian Health Professionals Lacks Teaching on Canada's Health Care System
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Student For Medicare Hosts CMA Student Townhall
Spring Members' Meeting: Armine Yalnizyan on Federal Funding Issues Janet Maher
False Positive: Private Profit in Canada's Medical Laboratories
Poverty, Health and Social Assistance: Submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
User Fees and Extra Billing Janet Maher

Issue #155 Fall, 2011 Vol. 31, No. 2
Content Title Author
Primary Care Reform: Where We Are Now and Where We Need to Go
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Closing Libraries Bad for Your Health Says Doctors' Group
Pre-Election Survey on Health Care Issues
The Double Standard: Why Canada Continues to Export Asbestos
The Truth About Medical Savings Accounts
Public-Private Partnerships in Ontario: A Disastrous Way to Develop Hospitals Jilian Alston
Health for All Michaela Beder

Issue #156 Winter, 2012 Vol. 31, No. 3
Content Title Author
Progress in Evidence-base Medicine: What we have learned in 20 years Gordon Guyatt
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Western Medicine: The Influence of Pharmaceutical Industry on Physician Behaviour Ritika Goel
Safe Injection Site Decision: Triumph of Evidence over Ideology MRG media release
Secure the Future of Medicare: A Call to Care Canadian Health Coalition
25 in 5's Evaluation on Poverty Reduction: Good Effort, but Incomplete
Doctors Call for More Equitable Approach to Economic Health MRG media release

Issue #157 Spring, 2012 Vol. 31, No. 4
Content Title Author
Drug Shortage Joel Lexchin
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Harper’s Federal Budget and the Alternative Federal Budget
A Welcome Voice from Doctors, says the Medical Reform Group MRG media release
Let’s agree on the diagnosis before prescription, say doctors MRG media release
Doctors’ Group supports freeze on doctors’ income MRG media release
Provincial Budget: Strong Action for Whom? Janet Maher
Pre-budget Brief to Ontario Finance and Economic Affairs Committee MRG Brief
Letter to Provincial Leaders on Budget Ritika Goel for MRG
Budget Measures Jeopardize the Health of Ontario's Poor, says Physician Group MRG media release
Social Assistance Review: Commission running out of steam? Janet Maher
Legal action against the Catalan government by the Coalition of Citizens affected by health care cuts Carles Muntaner
Students for Medicare conference

Issue #158 Summer, 2012 Vol. 32, No. 1
Content Title Author
Oral Testimony to Ontario Finance and Economic Affairs Committee Ritika Goel
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Ontario Budget 2012 Ritika Goel for MRG Steering Committee
Letter from Premier McGuinty to Ritika Goel
OMA encouraging coercive behaviour, says doctors’ group MRG media release
Evidence and Efficiency should guide fee schedule changes says Medical Reform Group MRG media release
Doctors demand repeal of cuts to refugee health care MRG media release
The Physician as Advocate Philip Berger
Follow-up on Ontario Government Helpline Janet Maher
Refugee Health: Debate on gutting of the federal interim health benefit Philip Berger
Put Food in the Budget Campaign Philip Berger

Issue #159 Vol. 32, No. 2

Issue #160 Winter, 2013 Vol. 32, No. 3
Content Title Author
A new relationship for the OMA and the Ontario government? Fall members meeting report Janet Maher
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
OMA and government reach tentative agreement on fee schedule Janet Maher
Health Care Cuts Backgrounder and Quick Facts Ontario Health Coaltion
Fill the IFH Gap: A Call to Action in the Liberal Leadership Campaign Health for All
Progressive doctors support deal between Ministry of Health and Long Term and the OMA MRG media release
Ontario Poverty Reducation Strategy: Modest Targets – Modest Results Janet Maher
Butchering Refugee Health Care is Lose-Lose for Canada Ritika Goel
Trade Agreements: Will CETA tie our hands permanently on Affordable Drugs?
Wong decision

Issue #161 Spring 2013 Vol. 32, No. 4
Content Title Author
A Fond Remembrance of Clyde John Frank
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Ritika Goel: Health Advocacy for the 21st Century Ritika Goel & Janet Maher
MRG urges Ontario to ‘Fill the Gap’ left by federal IFHB cuts Ahmed Bayoumi
Midwifery Founder Awarded Order of Canada Debby Copes
MRG congratulates Kathleen Wynne on Leadership Win Ritika Goel
New Premier must ensure Ontario provides healthcare for refugees MRG media release
User Fees for Home Care? Ritika Goel for MRG
Constitutional Challenge on Interim Federal Health Program Changes
Access without fear Ritika Goel fro MRG
Standing Up for Refugee Health

Issue #162 Summer-Fall, 2013 Vol. 33, No. 1-2
Content Title Author
Public health care expenditures are affordable Brian Hutchison
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy Janet Maher
Home Care: What We Need to Know Janet Maher
MRG engages in 2013 federal pre-budget consultations
A step in the wrong direction for drug policy MRG News release
Bridging the generation gap Andrew Bresnaban
Canadian physicians call for release of Emergency Physician arrested in Egypt MRG media release
Why do doctors still think Pharma doesn’t influence them? Ritika Goel
Health Care consulation on plasma donations in Canada MRG submission
Calling on Ontario to deny approval for paid plasma donors Gordon Guyatt
Matthews’ reply on paid plasma donors Deb Matthews
MRG calls on Premier to commit to fairness and inclusiveness for social assistance recipients MRG news release
Doctors applaud City of Toronto’s support for health care access for all MRG media release
Ontario Minister of Health responds to MRG on home care fees Deb Matthews
No Jets Toronto
Injured workers issues Ted Haines & Janet Maher

Issue #163 Winter, 2014 Vol. 33, No. 3
Content Title Author
Prelude to a systematic review of activity-based funding of hospitals Karen S. Palmer, Danielle Martin, Gordon Guyatt
Editorial Notes Janet Maher
Research team at St. Michael’s Hospital to study income-security intervention Andrew Pinto
Another face of the Medical Reform Group Reed Siemieniuk
There are hidden costs of moving care out of hospitals Jeremy Petch & Danielle Martin
Doctors urge caution on impacts of downtown airport expansion MRG media release
The health of Canadians up for sale in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal MRG media release

Issue #164 Vol. 33, No. 4

Issue #165 Fall, 2014 - Final Issue Vol. 34, No. 1
Content Title Author
Contribution to the Archives
Gordon Guyatt Gordon Guyatt
Danielle Martin Danielle Martin
Joel Lexchin Joel Lexchin
Rosana Pellizzari Rosana Pellizzari
Cathy Crowe Cathy Crowe
Ritika Goel Ritika Goel
Ahmed Bayoumi Ahmed Bayoumi
Haresh Kirpalani Haresh Kirpalani
Philip Berger Philip Berger
Janet Maher Janet Maher
Fran Scott Fran Scott
Wrap-up party

MRG Selected Documents
Content Medical Reform Group of Ontario Connexipedia
MRG Media Releases 1979 - 2013
September 1978 Letter September 1979
Announcing the Medical Reform Group March 17, 1979
Reform Group Formed April 1979
Founding Meeting Minutes May 26, 1979
Community Clinics Study 1979
The Crisis in Health Care: Brief to the Hall Commission April 1, 1980
Consolidating the Gains of the 1970s: Do or Die for Ontario's Health Care System April 1983
Brief on the Canada Health Act February 7, 1984
Brief on Pharmaceutical Industry August 1984
MRG Brief to the Senate Standing Committee September 1984
Brief to Legislature Standing Committee March 4, 1986;
Proposals for Maternal Health Care October 20, 1986
Brief on Bill C-22 January 1987
Prescribing in Canada September 1988
Brief on Bill C-91 November 1992
Health News Briefs from Medical Reform Group newsletter 1987 - 1991 Ulli Diemer
Health News Briefs from Medical Reform Group newsletter 1992 - 1994 Ulli Diemer
Brief history of the Medical Reform Group (to 1994) Gordon Guyatt

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