Where do the parties stand on pharmacare and drug prices?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

“Instead of announcing that the recommendations of the national advisory council would be implemented if the Liberals are re-elected, they’ve instead used softer language,” said Nav Persaud, a family doctor and a University of Toronto professor who holds a Canada Research Chair in health justice. “That raises the concern that they’re not prepared to stand up to the pressure.”

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‘Nobody can afford this’: Family left helpless after Health Canada approves official version of prescription eye drops

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

“You can argue, ‘There’s not many patients,’ ” Dr. Midgley said. “Well, we’ve probably just signed off on a million dollars-worth a year of eye drops … for the first 10 patients… We need to provide [patients] with adequate medication and we should be grateful that there are companies taking that up. But it’s going to add to the cost spiral, and it will make health care, sooner or later, unaffordable.”

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Ontario’s top court rules religious doctors must offer patients an ‘effective referral’ for assisted dying, abortion

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The Court of Appeal for Ontario is now the highest court in the country to have ruled on the thorny question of how the conscience rights of doctors should be balanced against the rights of patients to access publicly funded health services – a question that became more pressing after the legalization of assisted dying three years ago.

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Pharmacare panel offers no prescription for how the new program would work

Friday, March 8th, 2019

The interim report called for a new, arm’s-length drug agency to oversee the health-technology assessments (HTA) that evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new medicines; spearhead negotiations with pharmaceutical companies; and manage a “comprehensive, evidence-based national formulary,” which is a list of drugs covered for everyone.

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Alexandra Park slated for revitalization

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Apr. 23, 2010
As part of a dramatic plan that will revitalize the decrepit environs of Alexandra Park, Toronto Community Housing is proposing to turn the 1960s-era housing project into a mixed-income community through which Augusta would extend. In what is a Canadian first, the TCHC will use revenue from newly constructed condos to cover the full cost of new rental units for social-housing tenants.

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