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Ontario’s response to the opioid crisis? Offer less help, and fewer answers

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Using Orwellian doublespeak – plus a dash of Trumpian random capitalization – the government was not announcing that it was “continuing to build a connected mental health and addictions treatment system”, but rather that it was cutting the legs from under four badly-needed overdose prevention sites, rejecting two others, and continuing to drag its feet on funding of additional sites.

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Tilting at windmills won’t solve our health-care woes

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Almost all health services are contracted out to private providers – doctors (most of whom are corporations), hospitals (which are not-for-profit corporations), pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers (for-profit corporations), home care and long-term care facilities (a mix of non-profit and for-profit corporations) and so on…. we have the least-universal universal health-insurance system in the world. More than 30 per cent of care is paid for privately.

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Sex-ed critics fear that it may ‘give kids ideas.’ But that would be a good thing.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The fundamental complaint of those who oppose modernizing sex-ed seems to be that it will “give kids ideas” – in other words, that teaching about sexuality will lead to sexual experimentation… Parents absolutely have a right to inculcate values on their offspring. But that does not extend to imposing ignorance on others. That is especially true because we know that unawareness and naïveté do not prevent young people from having sex – it simply makes them more likely to make poor choices.

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Following New Zealand’s lead on generic drugs would cut costs, study show

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Sep. 28 2012
Ontario could save an additional $250-million a year if it changed the way it buys generic drugs, and nationally, that figure could hit $1-billion… [by] switching to a tendering system under which generic manufacturers would bid to offer the best price to the drug plans that provide prescription medications to seniors and social assistance recipients.

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New CMA President: A view shaped by best and worst of care

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

15 August 2012
Dr. Reid said that the health-care system has become so big and complex that “we sometimes stray from what it is to be a healer”… the patient voice and the patient experience and the patient perspective has been so far from people’s minds for such a long time that it will take time for things to change… physicians face big challenges, including crushing workloads, scarce resources and loss of autonomy, but they cannot allow themselves to lose their identity as physicians and their primordial duty to patients. “Patient-centred culture does not cost a penny more”

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‘Real inequalities’ a threat to Medicare’s mission, incoming CMA chief says

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

12 August 2012
“We need equitable distribution of health care resources and services so that… everyone has equal access to important health-care services,” Dr. Reid said. Beyond pushing for universal access to essential medical care, she said she will use the CMA presidency to raise awareness about the role of the socio-economic determinants of health, and the need to focus on marginalized groups like aboriginal people, those with mental illness and the isolated elderly.

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India is showing Canada the way with action on health care

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Jul. 09 2012
Canada has been talking about national pharmacare for decades. There has been little action and an endless litany of excuses, foremost that the constitutional division of powers is an impediment. It’s hard to imagine that our constitutional quirks are harder to overcome than the complex regional, religious and political divisions in India. Yet India is forging ahead with fundamental health reform to ensure a healthy population and a healthier economy, while Canada continues to futz around.

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The importance of picking a vocabulary for dying

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Jun. 19 2012
Gloria Taylor, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, won the right to end her life at the time of her choosing… What do you call the right she won? Physician-assisted suicide? … there are many more variations, each loaded with legal and moral baggage… The language we choose tends to reflect where we stand on the underlying question of whether grievously and irremediably ill people should have the right to choose to end their lives rather than let an illness take its course. Ultimately, the fundamental legal issue is choice…

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Dragging medicare into the 21st century

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

May. 24, 2012
Regardless of political allegiance, there is near unanimity that a universal health system is a good thing – for reasons of economics and social justice. That’s why every Western country save one has a universal system. When it comes to health care, only the United States is morally bankrupt and economically inept… The reality is that every other developed country has universal health care that is better, fairer and cheaper than ours. We are big on grand pronouncements such as, “Medicare is what defines us as Canadians.” But we are laggards on the practical side.

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Harper’s disregard for aboriginal health

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Apr. 09, 2012
The abysmal health status of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples is Canada’s greatest shame… There’s a disturbing pattern here. The government has also cut funding to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. And the First Nations and Inuit Health branch at Health Canada oversees what is without question the worst health system in Canada, making every effort to slough the responsibility off onto the provinces and territories… “The Conservatives want out of the aboriginal business.”

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