• You are on the front lines of mental illness — let’s talk

    Navigating health-care systems and finding great resources is a huge help. But even more basic is the ability to say three simple words whenever our loved ones begin to open up… 1. Tell 2. Me 3. More… allowing the vulnerable soul in front of you to slowly and safely process their thoughts is no lightweight task… being there is worth a lot… make an offer to help and see what comes back.

  • Type 2 diabetes can be cured in four months — if you cut calories and exercise, research shows

    After just four months, 40 per cent of patients were able to stop taking their medication because their bodies had begun to produce adequate amounts of insulin again. The researchers said the program worked because it gave the insulin-producing pancreas “a rest and decreases fat stores in the body, which in turn improves insulin production and effectiveness.”

  • The Canadian miracle in cystic fibrosis care takes centre stage — and it seems to be real

    A new study had disclosed that Canadian patients with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that impairs the lungs and snarls other bodily functions, have a median lifespan 10 years longer than that of Americans with the disorder… there is no simple explanation.

  • The public interest in binding arbitration for doctors

    … it has been argued… that government should not agree to arbitration for physicians, because this would result in unwarranted and unreasonable compensation increases for physicians… contrary to this bald assertion, the experience in provinces where binding interest arbitration for physician compensation is in place… is that, where physicians are treated fairly and respectfully, they have proven themselves to be more than willing and responsible partners in working with government to improve the health care system.

  • Stop assaults against nurses and other health-care workers

    … underfunding and understaffing are “significant contributors” to workplace violence… unions recommend that the ministry of labour audit all of Ontario’s health-care facilities to make sure effective protections are in place; ensure that workplaces have safeguards such as personal monitors, alarms and identification of violent patients; and ensure adequate staffing levels and the presence of trained security personnel where needed.

  • Provinces get their cash, but do we get better health care?

    In the end, both Ottawa and the provinces/territories will be getting almost exactly what they asked for at the negotiating table… nobody really compromises and everyone saves face. What matters in the end is not whether we have one health accord or 13 health accords. What matters is: Will the transfer of these monies result in better health care?

  • If you like Canada’s liquor, transit and electricity monopolies, you’ll love the medicine cartel

    The [CMAJ] study… claims billions of health dollars could be saved if Canada were to adopt universal public coverage of prescription medications, aka, pharmacare… Nobody would argue that Canada’s pharmaceutical system is cheap or the most efficient. Thanks to a balkanized regime under the control of provincial jurisdictions with a heavy federal oversight, the dominant structure is one of central planning, not market forces.

  • Ontario welcomes new 10-year health accord with Ottawa

    Ontario will receive an additional $2.3 billion for home care — including money for infrastructure improvements — and $1.9 billion more for mental health initiatives over the next decade… “The burden of mental illness and addictions is one and a half times that of cancer and seven times that of all infectious diseases” … “Helping Ontarians maintain their mental wellness, cope with daily mental health challenges or diagnosed illnesses can drive cost savings for the entire health system.”

  • Well-planned mental health investments will help long-term

    The MHCC’s newest report… Strengthening the Case for Investing in Canada’s Mental Health System: Economic Considerations, reinforces how investing in evidence-based services and mental health programs can provide long-term cost savings and better outcomes… they largely reflect the priorities laid out in the various provincial, territorial and national addictions and mental health strategies — with the added benefit of a projected return on investment.

  • Abortion pill rollout deeply flawed

    … why should abortion still live in the realm of charity? It is legal. It is a basic human right. When women don’t have this right, some of them die… The drug, legalized 15 years ago in the U.S. and decades ago in countries like France and China, is included on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. But in Canada, women in small towns will have to travel to make the request.