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Overview of the Second Report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: Part III

Friday, September 20th, 2019

… the Council suggests that accurately capturing patient experience in all aspects of the health care system is paramount. When assessing value for money, the Council advises the government to  work to develop indicators that measure patient and overall population health outcomes against the cost of administering and delivering services in the most efficient way.

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Federal Election 2019

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

It is the role of the federal government to set the national direction for health care, providing both funding and national standards to ensure quality care for all… The federal government should ensure that people across Canada can access the same quality of public health care. It’s also time to adopt a public, universal pharmacare program and a national seniors’ care strategy.

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Smart health-care policy must include affordable housing

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The link between housing and health is clear: You can’t live a healthy life if you don’t have a roof over your head. Without stable housing, people die younger, suffer more and have more severe chronic illnesses, make far more emergency room visits, are more likely to be hospitalized and readmitted, and stay longer in hospital when they are admitted.

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Ford promised to fix hallway medicine. But it’s getting worse

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

… the Ford government has wasted more than a year when it had the power to do something about it… what we already know are the fixes to hallway medicine: more home-care services and long-term care beds… This past June was the worst June on record for hospital overcrowding since the province began collecting statistics more than a decade ago.

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Ontario boosts money for home and community care to alleviate hospital overcrowding

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Ontario’s government is putting $11 million more than planned into home and community care this year in a bid to lower the number of patients being treated in the hallways of overcrowded hospitals, says Health Minister Christine Elliott. The money is on top of $144 million announced in the spring budget and includes $45 million aimed at “high need” areas where problems are most severe…

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Ford’s slogans aren’t fixing health care

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

This past June was the worst June on record for hospital overcrowding since the province began collecting statistics in 2008 to track so-called “hallway medicine.” … the immediate needs of Ontario’s home care system, long-term care homes and hospitals are largely being ignored while the government focuses on a much-publicized but little-understood overhaul of health care.

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Worst June on record for ‘hallway medicine’ at Ontario hospitals

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Hospital overcrowding for the month of June hit a record high this year, according to the Ontario Hospital Association… the sector has been in austerity mode for more than a decade… At the same time, more than 4,500 patients were occupying hospital beds during the month even though they no longer required hospital care.

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Election 2019: The home stretch for universal, public pharmacare

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Only a universal, public pharmacare program would ensure that everyone in Canada can access the medications they need. Instead of adopting half-measures and band-aid solutions, it’s time to reform our broken system. Pharmacare is a key missing piece of Canada’s public health care system. This much-needed new program would save money and save lives.

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Ontario Health Teams should expand reforms to doctors’ Pay

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Extend the capitation principle so that primary-care providers also have a stake in the cost of drugs and secondary care their patients use – a healthcare system likely functions better when each patient has a “medical home,” with a provider who manages the overall care the patient receives.

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More than 100 Toronto emergency room professionals urge province to reverse public health cuts

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

“Our emergency departments and hospitals are under tremendous stress, and there is no end in sight for hallway medicine,” according to the letter… “Keeping people healthy and out of the emergency department is good for patients, our hospitals, taxpayers and ultimately the entire community.”

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