Ottawa’s cash transfer covers 37 per cent of the costs of hospital, diagnostics and physician services (which were $92-billion last year). Federal tax dollars also go to health via equalization payments and targeted programs… beyond the dollars, there needs to be discussion about why Ottawa transfers dollars for health care. It should be to ensure that there is a semblance of a national system, to ensure that all Canadians have similar and equitable to care, regardless of their ability to pay, and where they live.
Health Historyposted March 21, 2015 / No Comments
… psychiatry should not become a specialty that focuses just on the biological aspect of a patient’s illness. It needs to be pluralistic and include genetics and other sciences that impact the brain… Psychiatrists are physicians trained in the illness of the brain… the most expensive of health professionals and governments try to use their time in a more economical way… For talk therapy or cognitive rehabilitation or marital therapy, patients will be encouraged to use a less expensive social worker or psychologist or trained lay therapist do that work.
Health Delivery System Health Historyposted December 15, 2014 / 1 Comment
The clinic was created to serve the more than 4,000 migrant farm workers toiling at farms and greenhouses in the region south of Brantford. Designed to eliminate some of the systemic barriers migrant workers face in getting basic health care, the pilot project has been a resounding success — reducing visits by such workers to the Norfolk General Hospital by 80 per cent… about 60 per cent are Spanish-speaking patients from Mexico, the rest from various Caribbean countries.
Health Historyposted July 2, 2014 / 2 Comments
Most discourse about mental illness tends to be either medical or institutional — how to treat and what to do with those who suffer from it. Mad Pride Toronto 2014 offers the much needed opportunity to engage with people living with mental illness as equals within the community, their forms of cultural life, their singular history. Madness needs to go mainstream.
Health Historyposted April 12, 2014 / 4 Comments
Despite… the importance of addressing the socio-economic determinants of health, we have yet to heed Mr. Lalonde’s warning that the “traditional view of equating the level of health in Canada with the availability of physicians and hospitals is inadequate.” … We continue to spend on sickness care but we have savaged many social programs and made our tax system far less progressive.
Health Historyposted February 3, 2014 / No Comments
In some well-off Western countries, you’re likelier to get cancer. In less-developed countries, cancer is likelier to kill you… Canada… plac(ed) 12th in cancer incidence, with about 295 new cases for every 100,000 people and 64th in mortality, with about 103 deaths per 100,000… Lung cancer remains the most common – and deadliest – cancer in the world… Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women… The pattern of new breast cancer diagnoses and deaths in 2012 shows again that, when it comes to cancer, geography is destiny.
Health Historyposted June 29, 2011 / 1 Comment
Jun. 28, 2011
Douglas’s achievement in introducing medicare in Saskatchewan represented a deep conceptual shift that radically altered the provision of health care in Canada. He convinced a nation that in a civilized society, health care should be considered essential to individual and social well-being, and viewed both as a public right and a collective obligation. However, the events surrounding the birth of universal health insurance in Canada were full of irony on several levels
Health Historyposted November 22, 2010 / No Comments
November 22, 2010
He set an example of fiscal restraint (and, ironically, of limited government) that no other Canadian premier approached in the 20th century. In 17 years as premier, he produced 17 balanced budgets. From this perspective, he governed in a uniquely rational, disciplined and principled way… By reducing the debt, and thereby reducing interest costs, he was able to spend more on public services – without raising taxes.
Health History Health Policy Contextposted August 14, 2010 / 2 Comments
August 13, 2010
“We realized something needed to be done about mental illness,” he says. “In report after report on the state of the health-care system, it was barely mentioned.” The committee published a series of reports culminating with its final report in 2006, entitled Out of the Shadows At Last, which recommended the formation of an arms-length commission that would deal with the issue of mental illness “in a way that would create some kind of national focal point.”
Health History Health Policy Contextposted June 17, 2010 / 1 Comment
Jun. 16, 2010
While medical care has improved dramatically, the vast majority of those gains are due to pretty simple public health measures… The reality is that the economic and social conditions in which we live – income, housing, education, physical environment and support networks – ultimately have more impact on our health than genetics or lifestyle choices.