Should we be taking money off Canadians’ paycheques for long-term care?

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

A public — not private — long-term-care insurance program could help pay for costly and unexpected expenses due to ill health or fragility that can be financially devastating… many will spend their later years living on a basic retirement income that likely won’t cover the thousands of dollars needed for health-related services, such as home care from private-pay personal support workers or nursing home “accommodation” co-payment fees. 

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Home-care services can’t keep up, audit finds

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Dec. 6, 2010
Auditor General Jim McCarter devoted a chapter of his annual report to home care, finding that the sector is unable to keep up with obligations in providing personal support, homemaking and therapy services. The sector doesn’t have the financial resources to meet the demand for personal support and homemaking services, the report noted. These services are often required by seniors and people discharged from hospital. And a shortage of professionals in occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech-language therapy is resulting in waiting lists for their services

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Poverty drives diabetes epidemic

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

November 3, 2010
… research shows that poverty is a leading predictor of the chronic disease, and its devastating side effects… Unmanaged by healthy eating, exercise and medication, diabetes can lead to amputations, blindness, kidney failure and heart attacks. These carry a tremendous personal cost… and impose an enormous financial burden on society. Experts say kidney dialysis, for example, can cost up to $80,000 a year. Diabetics can be on dialysis for decades… Today, 1.7 million Ontarians have diabetes, just over eight per cent of the population.

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Complaints overwhelm human rights watchdog

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Apr 17 2010
It is too soon to determine whether discrimination is on the rise or if this deluge is the effect of public awareness campaigns for the new system. But the Star’s examination of at least 50 public cases and dozens of normally private mediated ones gives a stark picture of rampant racism and discrimination. Tribunal decisions show that women, minorities and the disabled are most vulnerable to discrimination by employers, landlords and businesses. In some cases both the victim and the defendant belong to racial minorities but are from different backgrounds.

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