Friday, May 26, 2017

Eggland's Best Turns to Fans to Help Vote for the Ultimate Eggland's Best "Foodtographer"




CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J.,  /PRNewswire/ -- Eggland's Best (EB) is excited to announce the top five Breakfast/Brunch category semi-finalist photos in the 2017 Eggland's Best "Foodtography" Contest.  From unique bread pudding combinations to dessert-inspired breakfast sandwiches, the semi-finalist photos represent the most passionate EB fans who also happen to have an eye for taking beautiful photos of their delicious and healthy Eggland's Best dishes. 
"To celebrate 25 years of providing the only egg that provides better taste, better nutrition, better variety and better freshness, we asked our fans to submit mouthwatering photos of their favorite EB dishes," said Charlie Lanktree, President and CEO of Eggland's Best.  "The quality of entries was incredible.  We continue to be inspired by the creativity and passion of our fans and hope this will inspire others to create and share their own unique and nutritious Eggland's Best  creations."
From now through June 4th, EB is calling on fans to vote for their favorite Breakfast/Brunch category photo to help determine which of the semi-finalists will move on to the finalist round for a chance to compete for the Grand Prize.  Later, fans will have the opportunity to vote on semi-finalists in appetizer, main course, and dessert categories as well.  The Breakfast/Brunch semi-finalists:
  • Jessica G. (New Jersey) – The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich
  • Juliana E. (Florida) – Waffle Thyme Omelet
  • Lisa K. (Pennsylvania) – BLT Brunch Salad
  • Sarah C. (Illinois) – Overnight French Toast Bread Pudding
  • Thomas A. (North Carolina) – Polka Dot Eggs
Once finalists from each category are selected and announced, fans will once again have the chance to vote for the ultimate Eggland's Best Foodtographer!  The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $5,000 and a year's supply of EB eggs, and finalists will receive $1,000 and a year's supply of EB eggs.
"Entries in the Breakfast/Brunch category certainly shook up the competition with some unique twists, proving that you can easily create a dish that both looks amazing and is packed with nutrition," said Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. "The versatility and superior nutrition of Eggland's Best eggs make them a natural and smart addition to any dish, which is why they are the only eggs I recommend to my clients, and serve to my family."
Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs contain six times more vitamin D, 25 percent less saturated fat, more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E and more than double the vitamin B12.  EB eggs are also an excellent source of vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and vitamin B5.   EB's superior nutritional profile is due to its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  In addition, independent testing has revealed that Eggland's Best eggs have stronger shells than ordinary eggs, which leads to less breakage and helps them stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.
For Official Rules and to cast your vote, visit www.egglandsbest.com/foodtography.
About Eggland's Best EggsEggland's Best (EB) is the No. 1 branded egg in the U.S. and is an excellent source of vitamins D, B12, E, B5 and Riboflavin. EB eggs have six times more vitamin D, more than double the omega-3, 10 times more vitamin E and 25 percent less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. Independent testing has also confirmed that Eggland's Best eggs stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.
The distinctive "EB" stamp on the shell assures consumers and food service customers that the eggs meet the highest production and safety standards. Eggland's Best was voted "America's Most Trusted Egg Brand" by American shoppers in the BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, "America's Most Recommended™ Eggs" by women in the Women's Choice Awards, and has received numerous awards from Prevention Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Taste of Home, Women's Health, and many others. 
Eggland's Best was also awarded "Product of the Year" in the egg category by Product of the Year USA. Eggland's Best's hens are fed a strictly controlled, proprietary, high-quality all-vegetarian diet, which results in a better tasting, more nutritious egg that stays fresher longer. EB eggs are available in large, extra-large, jumbo, cage free, organic, hard-cooked, cage free hard-cooked, liquid egg whites, and are certified Kosher. For more information, visit www.egglandsbest.com.


CONTACT: Colleen Imler, Coyne PR, (973) 588-2000, cimler@coynepr.com


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hammond's Candies Reinvents Old-Fashion Caramel Corn with Tasty Flavor Combinations




Much-Loved Confectioner Adds Birthday Cake Flavor to Line of Perfectly Popped Snacks


DENVER, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hammond's Candies today announced the latest of a string of flavor innovations that it has made to its much-loved snack lines. The Colorado-based confectioner has made a very festive flavor addition to its fastest growing segment: Birthday Cake Caramel Corn.
Popped to perfection and full of flavor, Hammond's Caramel Corn line starts with classic flavors, but doesn't stop there. Surprising twists and combinations make treats memorable and leave snackers reaching for more. The newly launched Birthday Cake joins Caramel, Chocolate Caramel, Sweet & Cheesy, Churro and Sriracha Cheddar to round out the line. Retailers that stock their shelves with Hammond's Caramel Corn can rest assured that there's something to delight the full range of buyers' taste buds.  
"94% of Americans snack at least once a day.1 Since 62% of these snackers prioritize taste and flavor when choosing their next bite to eat, Hammond's ensures they have a range of options made with the highest quality ingredients and time-tested recipes," said Andrew Schuman, Hammond's President and CEO. "Birthday Cake Caramel Corn is just the latest of what will be many more innovative flavors that we launch to satisfy buyers' growing appetites. We can't wait to tell you what we're up to next."
Get a taste of the sweet new flavor at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago May 23rd-May 25th. Stop by booth 883 for a sampling of popular treats from Hammond's Brands, including products from its Hammond's Candies, Old Dominion Peanut Company and Mellow Snacks lines. For more information about adding much-loved Hammond's treats to your shelves, visit www.hammondscandies.com or call 888-226-3999.
About Hammond's Hammond's Candies began delighting candy lovers with artisan candy canes, beautifully spun ribbon candy, and larger-than-life lollipops when it was founded by the Hammond family in 1920, making it Colorado's favorite handmade confectioner for decades. In 2007, the company became the Hammond's Brands that it is today through its acquisition by current President and CEO Andrew Schuman, growing from a much-loved, local candy company to a leading gourmet sweet provider with national regard (and has doubled the number of employees). Since then, Hammond's has gone on to acquire such companies as McCraw's Candies in 2010 and Old Dominion Peanut Company in 2012 as well as to gain impressive recognitions for their brand packaging and product innovation.
Follow Hammond's Candies on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/hammondscandies and on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/hammondscandies/ to stay up to date on their latest releases. More information is also available at www.hammondscandies.com or by calling 1-800-CANDY-99 (1-800-226-3999).
Media Contact:Lynn Brainard
160459@email4pr.com
Telephone: 714-771-4397

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The case for HPV vaccinations for all Canadian children


The disparity in HPV cancer prevention and care is unacceptable. A huge gap in vaccinations exists in Canada's North


By Gilla Shapiro,
Juliet Guichon
and Zeev Rosberger
MONTREAL, Que./Troy Media/ - The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine should be
 available to all Canadian children. However, the children of the North still don't have
 universal access to this life-saving vaccine.
Gilla Shapiro
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Now that Newfoundland and Labrador has announced funding for the 
HPV vaccine for boys, all children in Canada's 10 provinces have
 access to the vaccine that helps prevent cancer. This is great news.
 But unfortunately for children in the North, the governments of 
Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon have not yet made this 
disease-preventing and life-saving decision.
That no Canadian territory offers the HPV vaccine to boys is
 unjust for at least five reasons:
  • Boys need the HPV vaccine. The Canadian Cancer Society reports that the majority of head and neck cancer patients are male and the numbers are rising more quickly in males than females.
  • Boys have a special need for HPV prevention. Whereas females have Pap tests to detect early cervical cancer, there is no similar program for males to detect head and neck cancers. Consequently, the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Paediatric Society and Canadian Cancer Society, among other medical organizations, recommend males be vaccinated against HPV.
  • Children in the North don't have the same population with HPV immunity as in the south. Territorial government reports and parental surveys reveal that their girls are the least likely of all Canadian girls to be vaccinated against HPV. Territorial low female vaccine coverage rates reduce the likelihood that boys will be protected through herd immunity - the protection offered to non-vaccinated people by those who are vaccinated.
  • The territories' people have a greater need for HPV prevention. Research demonstrates that aboriginal people have a higher prevalence of HPV infection and disease than non-aboriginal peoples. Although data is limited and differences among First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations are rarely identified, it appears that the larger HPV disease burden in aboriginal peoples results from unequal access to prevention and screening service.
  • Cancer prevention is especially important where there are great distances between people and tertiary cancer care, as exist in the North.
Provincial and territorial governments usually make vaccine funding decisions. The territories' relatively small populations and vast land mass present unique funding challenges, not least because the territories have the lowest gross domestic product per capita. The federal government could help advance equity in health outcomes across Canada by funding HPV vaccination for boys.
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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report called on Parliament to close the health gaps between aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities in a number of areas, including chronic disease, life expectancy and the availability of appropriate health services. The federal government can help reduce chronic disease and increase life expectancy by making available to all children an appropriate preventive health measure. Such a decision would reduce the need for people to seek medical care, reducing health spending.
The disparity in HPV cancer prevention and care is unacceptable. Canada can do better. If Canada were to vaccinate all boys and girls against HPV, it would join Australia, Austria, Israel, Italy and Switzerland in taking such measures to prevent HPV-related cancers in a generation of children.
Zeev Rosberger
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Former NDP leader and medicare's founding father Tommy Douglas said, "My dream is for people around the world to look up and to see Canada like a little jewel sitting at the top of the continent." It's time for the federal government to help all Canadian children avoid the suffering of HPV-related disease by funding vaccination for Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon boys.
Gilla Shapiro is a doctoral candidate at McGill University and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. Juliet Guichon is assistant professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Zeev Rosberger is an associate professor, department of psychology and faculty of medicine, McGill University and Jewish General Hospital.
© 2017 Distributed by Troy Media

Monday, May 22, 2017

BRAVO Presents New Catering To-Go Menu: Delicious, Unforgettable Cuisine Made Easy!




COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Perfect for parties of four
 to 50, BRAVO Cucina Italiana's new Catering To-Go menu is a spectacular option
 offering delectable cuisine, presenting only the freshest ingredients. Including Catering
 Pans, Family Bundles, Catering Bundles and Create Your Own Pasta Station options,
the menu boasts fare certain to impress any small or large party.
Tweet this : Dads, grads, and everyone in between! Enjoy easy entertaining this season
with @BravoItalian's delicious new catering to-go menu! #mybravo

These new catering offerings feature the delicious flavors guests have come to know
 and love when dining at BRAVO. Now, through the restaurant's quick and simple
 online ordering platform, food can be ordered in a few clicks. All catering orders
come with serving utensils, disposable plates and silverware and sturdy packaging.
BRAVO will be offering 20% off Catering To-Go. Guests may use the discount
 code TGO5003 at checkout or show at the restaurant upon pickup. This offer is
 valid May 18 through June 5, 2017 and is not valid with other offers, discounts
 or rewards. The discount does not apply to third party delivery services.
Catering Pans (serving six to eight people), feature a la carte appetizers, salads,
 and ecaterntrées that allow mixing and matching. The pans include focaccia bread and dipping oil.
  • Appetizers and salads, ranging in price from $24–$32, include BRAVO
  •  Chopped Salad, Caesar Classica, Insalata Della Casa, Crispy Shrimp Napoli,
  •  Artichoke + Spinach Dip, and Crispy Mozzarella Ravioli.
  • Twelve entrée choices, priced from $62–$85, range from Sausage Tortelloni to Chicken Scaloppini to Grilled Salmon.
  • To finish off a wonderful meal, BRAVO also offers divine desserts, including tiramisu ($36) and one dozen mini cannoli crumbles ($42).
Family Bundles (serving four people), include focaccia bread, dipping oil and
 choice of either a Caesar or Chopped Salad, and are priced at $49.
  • Ten options, ranging from Pasta Woozie to Chicken Fra Diavolo to Shrimp
  •  Fra Diavolo
Catering Bundles (serving 10 people), include choice of Campanelle Alfredo
or Campanelle Marinara, focaccia bread, dipping oil and choice of either a Caesar or Chopped Salad.
  • Six options, ranging from Grilled Chicken + Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese to
  •  Mama's Lasagna Bolognese to Grilled Chicken Marsala. Pricing ranges from $120–$140.
  • Plus, a dessert tray of tiramisu for ten (10) can be added for $20.
Create Your Own Pasta Station (serving 10 people), includes choice of salad, focaccia bread and dipping oil, chafing racks, sternos, serving utensils and plates. $12 per person. Choose up to:
  • Two pastas (rigatoni, campanelle, linguine or gluten free pasta)
  • Three proteins (grilled chicken, romano crusted chicken, meatballs, sausage or shrimp — add $1 per person for shrimp)
  • Three sauces
  • One salad
  • Plus, a dessert tray of tiramisu for ten (10) can be added for $20.
"BRAVO's Catering-To-Go offers an easy way to impress guests with truly delicious
 made-to-order cuisine, using the freshest ingredients," said BRAVO Culinary Director
 & Chef Brian Harvey. "Leave the work to BRAVO, and allow yourself to enjoy your event!"
To place a Catering To-Go order, visit catering.bravoitalian.com. For a list of Catering
To-Go participating locations, please visit catering.bravoitalian.com/locations.
About BRAVO Cucina ItalianaBRAVO Cucina Italiana is a "polished casual" restaurant offering classic Italian food
amongst the shadows of Roman ruins. The subtitle "Cucina Italiana" means Italian kitchen,
in which all cooking is done in full view of the guest, creating the energy of a live theater.
BRAVO's popular entrees include grilled steaks, chops, and fresh seafood, as well as
 flatbreads, pizzas and salads, similar to what one would find in an authentic "ristorante"
 in Italy. BRAVO is part of Columbus-based BRAVO I BRIO Restaurant Group. Founded
in 1992, BRAVO I BRIO Restaurant Group currently operates more than 100 restaurants
in 33 states including BRAVO Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro.
 Please visit BravoItalian.com for a list of locations, and to follow the restaurant on
Twitter (@bravo_italian) and Facebook (facebook.com/bravoitalian).

About BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc.BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBRG) is a leading owner and
operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO Cucina Italiana and
BRIO Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary
destinations that deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent
 of fine dining restaurants at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments,
 a combination known as the upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG's
 brands provides its guests with a fine dining experience and value by serving affordable
cuisine prepared using fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods,
 combined with attentive service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be
 the best Italian restaurant company in America and is focused on providing its guests
 an excellent dining experience through consistency of execution.
For more information, visit www.bbrg.com.

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954-723-9350 T
160156@email4pr.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

BRIO's New Catering Packages Bring Delectable Tastes to Any Event Through a Simple Online Ordering Platform




COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Memorable events require delicious cuisine,
 and for those with a busy schedule, BRIO Tuscan Grille offers the perfect solution to make
 any event with four to 50 guests unforgettable. BRIO's new Catering Packages, presenting
only the finest and freshest ingredients, include Catering Pans, Family Bundles, Catering
Bundles and Create Your Own Pasta Station options.
With an increased demand from guests, BRIO now offers its time-honored cuisine in
ready-to-go packages, complete with serveware, utensils, and sturdy packaging.
The best part? Food can be ordered in a few clicks from the restaurant's easy
online ordering platform.
For a limited time, BRIO will be offering 20% off Catering To-Go and Carryout.
 Guests may use the discount code TGO5003 at checkout or show at the restaurant
upon pickup. This offer is valid May 18 through June 5, 2017 and is not valid
 with any other offers, discounts or rewards. The discount does not apply to
third party delivery services.
Catering Pans (serving six to eight people)
  • Appetizers and salads, ranging in price from $26–$32, include BRIO Chopped 
  • Salad; Caesar Classica; Tomato Caprese; and Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Eleven entrée choices, priced from $60–$89, range from Chicken Milanese to
  •  Shrimp Mediterranean to Gorgonzola Crusted Beef Medallions
Family Bundles (serving four people), include choice of one salad, one entree,
sourdough bread and flaxseed crackers. $49.95

  • Salad choices: BRIO Chopped Salad, Caesar Salad
  • Eight entrée choices, ranging from Pasta Pesto to Grilled Chicken Marsala
Catering Bundles (serving 10 people), include choice of salad, pasta, entrée,
 sourdough bread and flaxseed crackers. $120
  • Salad choices: BRIO Chopped, Caesar Salad
  • Entrée choices: Grilled Chicken Marsala, Lasagna Bolognese, Chicken Milanese,
  •  Shrimp Mediterranean (add $70), Chicken Limone (add $10), Gorgonzola Beef Medallions (add $70)
  • Pasta choices: Campanelle Alfredo, Campanelle Marinara
  • A dessert tray for ten (10) can be added for $20.
Create Your Own Pasta Station, includes choice of one salad, two pastas,
three sauces, three proteins, sourdough bread and flaxseed crackers, chafing racks
 and sternos. 10 or more: $120; 20 or more: $240; 30 or more: $360; 40 or
 more: $480; 50 or more: $600. Choose up to:
  • One salad (BRIO Chopped, Caesar)
  • Up to two pastas (rigatoni, campanelle, spaghettini)
  • Up to three sauces (alfredo, diavolo, Bolognese, marinara)
  • Up to three proteins (grilled chicken, romano crusted chicken, sausage or shrimp 
  • — add $1 per person for shrimp)
  • A dessert tray for ten (10) can be added for $20.
To finish off a wonderful meal, BRIO also offers divine desserts for six to eight people.
These include Tiramisu ($36) and BRIO Cheesecake ($42).
"With BRIO's Catering Packages, planning an event can be even easier," said BRIO
 Tuscan Grille Chef & Culinary Director Alison Peters. "BRIO's delicious, made-to-order
 cuisine, and the range of choices available for catering, make BRIO an undeniable choice."
To place a Catering Package order, visit order.brioitalian.com. For a list of participating
locations, please visit order.brioitalian.com/locations.

Tweet this : Introducing @BrioItalian's new catering to-go menu, bringing delicious flavor
 and easy entertaining to guests in a few simple clicks! #mybrio
About BRIO Tuscan GrilleBRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") is a "polished casual" restaurant serving authentic,
 northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, "Tuscan Grille" is descriptive in the menu that features
 oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic
 ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO's philosophy is "to eat well, is to live well;" which is why it only
 uses the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa
to the American city. BRIO is part of Columbus-based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group
(BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 100 restaurants including
 BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro. Please visit the website for
 BRIO locations at www.brioitalian.com and follow the restaurant on Twitter (@brioitalian)
and Facebook (facebook.com/brioitalian)
About BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc.BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBRG) is a leading owner and
operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO Cucina Italiana and BRIO
Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary destinations that
deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent of fine dining restaurants
at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments, a combination known as the
 upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG's brands provides its guests with a
 fine dining experience and value by serving affordable cuisine prepared using fresh
 flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods, combined with attentive
service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be the best Italian restaurant
company in America and is focused on providing its guests an excellent dining
experience through consistency of execution. For more information, visit www.bbrg.com.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

La formulation de HAIRHEALTH Women et de HAIRHEALTH Men


La formulation de HAIRHEALTH Women et de HAIRHEALTH Men a été conçue spécifiquement pour fournir au corps des ingrédients largement reconnus et étudiés scientifiquement qui favorisent la pousse de cheveux sains, encouragent la réparation des follicules pileux abîmés et ralentissent les processus qui provoquent la perte des cheveux. Par ailleurs, HAIRHEALTH appuie la résistance et la croissance appropriée des ongles, réduit les poussées d’acné hormonale et minimise les effets de l’hirsutisme(pilosité du visage non voulue chez les femmes).



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What Canada can learn from Australia on health care


There are elements to adapt and ones to avoid, from pharmacare, to home care, to hospital efficiency and funding, to a mix of private and public health delivery



By Stephen Duckett
Expert Adviser
EvidenceNetwork.ca
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MELBOURNE, Australia/Troy Media/ - A recent conference in Toronto addressed whether Australia has anything to teach Canada about how Canadian medicare might evolve. It's a useful question to explore.
Australia and Canada share many characteristics, but Canadians may not know that one of them is that Australia's universal health insurance scheme, Medicare, was modelled on Canada's - albeit adapted to account for constitutional differences between the countries.
There are a number of areas where Australia's experience might prove helpful. The first is the public funding of pharmaceuticals.
Australia has had a national Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme since the late 1940s. It provides comprehensive coverage against the cost of pharmaceuticals for the whole population. The scheme, though, requires patients to make a modest co-payment for each prescription. For people on income support (retirees, the unemployed) the co-payment is $6.30; for the rest of the population, it's $38.80. There is a safety net, which drops the price to zero or $6.30 after 50 to 60 prescriptions a year.
The upside of the scheme is obvious: medicines - even the most expensive of the new formulations - become affordable to most people.
Drugs are listed on the scheme only if they've been shown to be cost-effective. This helps to ensure the costs are commensurate with the benefits. The scheme pays more than some countries for listed drugs - for example, New Zealand and the United Kingdom pay less. But the prices paid in Australia are about one-third of those paid by Canadian provinces.
One downside of the Australian design is the mandatory co-payments. About one in 12 Australians who used medication say they have deferred filling or did not fill a prescription because of cost. Among the 20 per cent of Australians with the lowest incomes, that rises to one in 10.
Another area where Canada can learn from Australia is in-home care. Australia has a national home care program that aims to keep people in their own homes as long as possible, and out of more expensive residential aged-care facilities.
The program has grown over the past 50 years, with a major enhancement in the 1980s. It provides funding support for a wide range of services, from low-intensity programs such as meals on wheels through to intensive in-home nursing care. The program is being transformed, so funding will no longer be provided to organizations but rather to individuals who need what is described as "consumer directed care."
A third area where lessons may be learned is in efficiency. The Australian hospital sector is more efficient than Canada's, and further efficiency is being driven by national adoption of activity-based or case-mix funding.
Under this arrangement, hospitals are paid for the work they do - up to a cap. The price per patient reflects average national costs, with marginal adjustments for such factors as whether a patient comes from a remote area. Case-mix has replaced a variety of schemes such as area funding, which was problematic in metropolitan areas where a significant number of patients came from outside the local area, and global budgets, which were associated with substantial variations in efficiency between hospitals, with no evidence that higher-cost hospitals were providing higher-quality services.
Canadians should not get the impression, however, that all is rosy in Australia. Australians pay relatively high out-of-pocket costs for pharmaceuticals and medical services. This hits the poor hardest.
Australia also has a mixed public and private system, with physicians permitted to work in both sectors. Private health insurance for private hospital care is subsidized - at about 25 per cent of the cost of premiums - and there are tax penalties on middle-to-high-income earners who don't have private insurance.
Contrary to the original political justification for the subsidies, there's no evidence that subsidizing private care has had any benefit on the public hospital system. In fact, waiting times for public hospital care and proportion of care in the private system are directly rather than inversely related. In other words, more private care is associated with more public waiting.
Canadians can learn from Australia's health care policies - both in what to adapt and what to avoid.
Stephen Duckett is an expert adviser with EvidenceNetwork.ca and director of the health program at Grattan Institute, an independent public policy think-tank based in Melbourne, Australia. He's a former head of the Australian government Department of Health and was the inaugural president and chief executive officer of Alberta Health Services.
© 2017 Distributed by Troy Media