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For those with intellectual disabilities, a decades-long wait for a home and care

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Apr. 10, 2012
… the quest to find a home and services starts early and can last decades – something that becomes more pressing as parents age and their ability to physically and financially support their adult children fades… The housing crisis follows the closure over the years of institutions that cared for them from cradle to grave… That has left parents across the country caring for their aging intellectually disabled children with the daunting realities of trying to cobble together housing and care-giving, not to mention an enormous price tag that is only partly offset by government… 73 per cent of working-age adults with an intellectual disability who live on their own live in poverty.

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My doctor threatened to fire me for going to a walk-in clinic. Why?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Jul. 24, 2011
The reason has nothing to do with concerns over the quality of medical care your son received at the walk-in clinic. It simply comes down to money. When you go to a walk-in clinic, instead of a hospital emergency department, your doctor gets financially dinged for it. If that clinic billed Ontario for an intermediate assessment done on your son, for example, your doctor would lose $33.10 from his so-called access bonus because he’s in a family health network; or in a family health organization or on a blended salary model.

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Make rich seniors pay for drugs: health care report

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

May. 27, 2010
Today’s report… proposes 10 recommendations to make Ontario’s $46-billion system more efficient while maintaining quality. While the report focuses solely on Ontario, it has lessons for other provinces. It comes against the backdrop of a looming deadline – the April 1, 2013, expiration of agreements governing three major transfers to the provinces that cover social programs, equalization and health care, costing Ottawa about $54-billion annually. “You just can’t get your spending down if quality is diminishing over time,”… “And you’ve got a problem with sustainability.”

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Infant mortality figures vary across Canada

Monday, May 24th, 2010

May. 22, 2010
Canada ranks 24th in infant mortality, according to OECD figures, with a rate of 5.1 per 1,000 births in 2007. Some provinces, however, are faring better than others… Ontario’s rate of 5.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007 reflects the Canadian average. The province says it has set out a program called BORN – Better Outcomes Registry and Network – which works with women and families, health-care providers, hospitals and others to improve Ontario’s maternal-infant health services, and to get children and families off to the best start.

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Canada’s reputation for low infant mortality takes stunning decline

Monday, May 24th, 2010

May. 22, 2010
The death rate of infants less than one year of age – 5.1 per 1,000 live births – has been called “shockingly high” and translates into 1,881 mortalities in 2007, according to the most recent data collected by the OECD. About three-quarters of those deaths occurred in the first 27 days of life. The drop in ranking below countries such as Sweden, Japan, Finland, France, Ireland and Greece has prompted a prominent doctors group to request an urgent meeting with the federal Health Minister to push for a national birthing strategy.

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Ontario to announce $115-million in health-care research projects

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Apr. 29, 2010
By using genetic and molecular data to drive research, it will translate into more effective, less toxic treatments for patients and potentially lead to the creation of tests that can be commercialized… The goal would be new tests or targeted treatments that are not only good for patients and could save the health-care system money, but possibly lead to new commercial ventures.

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Ontario paying more for doctors than other provinces, report says

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Apr. 15, 2010
“Based on per capita calculations we spend $2.2-billion more on doctors in Ontario than they do in other provinces,” said Tom Closson, president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Hospital Association, which wrote the report with two other groups. “So we feel that it is an area that requires specific attention.” Proper wound management, preventing medical errors and having better crisis care available to keep the mentally ill out of emergency wards are just a few ways the province could save millions, according to the report,

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