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We can’t wait for a national pharmacare plan

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

… five separate commissions have called for a national pharmacare program…  nine in 10 Canadians support implementation of universal, public pharmacare now… Canadians and the health-care workers who serve them desire — and deserve — a health-care system that does not abandon patients the moment they receive a prescription. The time for commissions, studies and reports must be behind us.

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We can re-define Canada’s health systems because we already have

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

We know we can build better health care because we did. When the pandemic forced us to pivot, our health systems learned quickly. This must continue… The best solutions are often the simplest, rooted in both evidence and common sense. We have seen care models that are trauma and culturally informed, offered by people who have roots in the community. We have seen a smarter use of existing resources, including a leveraging of virtual care. 

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Resolution on social housing benefit provides hope for many in 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

There are few things more important to health than a roof over one’s head. Life expectancy for a homeless person is substantially worse than for the general population and 57 per cent of homeless people in Toronto have a chronic medical condition… living in ill-maintained housing increases the risk of accidents due to unsafe structures, infestations such as mice, cockroaches, and a variety of infections…

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Active federal participation in health care remains essential

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Apr 14 2012
the 2012 federal budget cut Health Canada, and said nothing about meaningful change. The only nod to improving the system was a three-year, $6.5-million study on cost-effectiveness in health care. But that ignores the mountains of evidence we already have about how to improve our health-care system while making it more efficient. It’s becoming baffling to Canadians as to why our federal government wouldn’t co-ordinate a national pharmacare system that could save billions.

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CMA’s welcome, if belated, change of heart on medicare

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Aug 06 2010
This week, the CMA released its latest prescription. Gone are the calls for private insurance and for-profit delivery. Gone are the illogical defences of queue-jumping. Gone is the innuendo that equity, the key principle that underlies the Canada Health Act, is not a legitimate objective. Instead, we see an embrace of the principles that underlie medicare, so much so that in a watershed moment, the CMA has rightly called for those principles to be extended to prescription drugs and long-term care.

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