• Why stop with pot? Let’s decriminalize all drugs

    The war on drugs has been an abject failure on many levels and none more so than the fact that, in our society, there is much more abuse of drug users than there is abuse of drugs. That needs to stop, for economic and health reasons. Decriminalization is not, as some contend, giving up on people. On the contrary, it is about giving them responsibility along with rights.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • With universal drug coverage, Canadians could save billions: study

    “The benefit of having a universal plan is to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks of our currently fragmented private and public drug coverage system”… basing a universal drug program on an evidence-based list of essential medicines could be a good starting point… the data clearly show it would benefit Canadians without a massive price increase. “It just takes political leadership,”

  • Paying MDs more won’t help

    Some access and wait-times are better since the 1980s, but not because there are more physicians getting higher fees. Success has mainly come through common-sense reorganization and by replacing physician-centred models of medical care with patient-centred models, often involving fewer physicians but other more appropriate professionals… other factors matter more to our health… security in housing and food, good education, adequate income.

  • Physician incomes at heart of dispute with province

    The public would take doctors a lot more seriously if, along with their demands for more money, they called for a redistribution of wealth in the form of far more robust social programs, which collectively influence health to the same degree than all medical interventions combined.

  • A sad day for Ontario doctors, patients

    … they claim they are advocating on behalf of patients who are suffering because the Liberals “are driving health care into the ground.” Few people are buying that argument, though. One of those is Bob Rae, the former Ontario NDP premier, who tweeted this week that the “OMA is a union fighting for higher incomes for docs. Period.”