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Innovations in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

The now viral Twitter-based #caremongering campaign is a great example of how Canadians come together during times of crisis to look after one another… one of the most striking examples of virtual #caremongering is displayed by OpenLab’s Friendly Neighbour Hotline… the unbelievably rapid response to creating new international randomized trials of different therapies for COVID-19 is like none we have ever seen before.

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Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Deaths of Despair sheds important light on how the loss of manufacturing jobs and the rise of graduates have been two sides of the same coin in a US that has deindustrialised at breakneck speed in some regions, while shifting at a similar pace to a tech-focused “knowledge economy” in others. The economic, social and political consequences have been momentous… What Case and Deaton’s book vividly demonstrates is that, in the context of a malfunctioning form of capitalism, the myth of educational “meritocracy” can seriously damage people’s health.

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A rescue package includes expanding medicare

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

… as we are seeing an unprecedented collective effort to protect Canadians in the acute phase of this crisis, we also have an opportunity to ensure that every person living in Canada has access to the essential medications and dental care they need, regardless of employment status, to protect them against ongoing and future instability… On dental care, Canada has one of the least accessible systems in the developed world. Only 5 per cent of all spending on dental care is publicly funded

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When does social distancing end? These graphs show where we’re heading and why

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

… how and when to emerge from the current state of isolation[?] It’s a decision that means weighing the serious health risk that the new coronavirus poses against the crushing impact of prolonged social distancing on the economy, jobs, education and public life. It will also depend crucially on how long individuals are willing to maintain social-distancing practices.

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A tale of two public health crises — science is being used to stem coronavirus but not opioid deaths

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

The scientific evidence derived from the evaluation of these facilities is both comprehensive and clear: they save lives. Yet despite the mountains of evidence that’s been compiled about their effectiveness, this health intervention continues to be controversial for those who don’t know, or willingly choose to ignore, the science. Not a single death has been reported in a supervised consumption site.

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Shut it down: It’s time for Canada to get serious about social distancing

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Canada needs to embrace social distancing… early implementation [of six social-distancing measures during past flu pandemics] delayed the peak in the number of infections, relieving the burden on health-care systems by spreading out the cases over a longer period of time… we can’t afford to become Italy, a country that was slow to act and is now paying a massive price, with more than 10,000 cases, 600 deaths and a collapsing economy.

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Ontario sets up locations for COVID-19 assessment centres and postpones public health cuts

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

This move “recognizes the considerable time and resources necessary for public health units to effectively respond to COVID-19”… Parts of Ontariot serviced by the assessment centres will be served by hospital emergency wards. The province is also boosting resources for Telehealth Ontario, which has seen high call volumes and long waits as people call in with questions about the new coronavirus.

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The public lab that could have helped fight COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

… our willingness to go along with the privatization cult in recent decades has left us weaker and less protected than we could be. Not only do we no longer have Connaught Labs, but Canada spends $1 billion a year funding basic medical research at Canadian universities, yet relies on the private marketplace to produce, control — and profit from — the resulting medical innovations… With a surge in future global pandemics expected, it might well be time to rethink Canada’s foolhardy attachment to the notion “the private sector always does things better.”

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Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ plan isn’t Canadian-style. It’s much more radical

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

Total health-care spending here in 2019 was $264.4 billion. The public share was about $184 billion. A Sanderian-style approach would thus bring about $80 billion in annual private spending — namely, private insurance and out-of-pocket spending — on to government balance sheets… Medicare for all may be a popular slogan among left-wing activists in the U.S, but it… goes far beyond the public insurance model in Canada and elsewhere…

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On mental health, words come easily. Action less so

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

It’s been almost exactly 10 years… since a select committee report on mental health titled “Navigating the Journey to Wellness: The Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Plan for Ontarians” was issued… Chief among the committee’s eventual recommendations… was creation of Mental Health and Addictions Ontario, an umbrella organization to ensure that a single body was responsible for designing, managing and co-ordinating the system, as well as a “core basket of services in all regions” and “access to a system of navigators.”

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