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How Ontario’s cuts to public health will hurt our patients

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

We are a group of resident physicians – doctors training to be family physicians and specialists – in Ontario… we have been taught the importance of disease prevention as one of the most important tools to keep people well and out of hospital… If your government truly is committed to ending “hallway medicine” and providing the possibility of healthier lives, we urge you to reconsider the proposed significant budget cuts to Public Health.

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The Fallacy of Federal Advantage in Delivering Pharmacare

Friday, May 17th, 2019

… the 2019 federal budget proposed the creation of a new Canadian Drug Agency to conduct health technology assessments, negotiate prices and listing terms… That is, the new agency could substantially lower the national drug budget even if the federal and provincial/territorial governments are not able to agree on a single-payer government plan… Prescription drugs are an increasingly large component of total healthcare costs, and should be integrated with other areas of health spending and policies to control it.

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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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Alternatives for alternative medicines

Friday, May 10th, 2019

… we propose general guiding regulatory principles for CAM products and practitioners. Our paper also provides a framework for governments to structure the regulation of complementary and alternative medicines and develop appropriate institutions, such as a CAM advisory council, to provide independent advice to governments on appropriate standards… although many question the legitimizing CAMs, their growth indicates that consumer demand for them is here to stay.

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Don’t Make Pharmacare Completely Free

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Adjusting per-prescription charges is a logical way for provinces to respond to evidence of over-use and to fiscal pressures that might otherwise cause them to limit coverage in other ways, and in particular through rationing… Optimally, deductibles should be designed to put an income-dependent ceiling on out-of-pocket expenses depending on the individual’s state of health. These payments are not a bug in social insurance programs; they are a key feature that should be part of any universal pharmacare program.

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Getting Connected: Digital Health and Information Sharing under Bill 74

Monday, May 6th, 2019

After the first year of implementation, Ontario Health Team Candidates are expected to meet the following criteria: have a harmonized information management plan in place; increase adoption of relevant digital health tools; and
have plans in place to streamline and integrate point of service systems and use data to support patient care and population health management…  The backbone of integration will be the ability to share information.

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Should we cover the health bills of snowbirds and cross-border shoppers?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Anyone who is foolish enough to travel without first purchasing private health insurance faces the prospect of catastrophic medical bills, with or without this program. The OOC program is also highly inefficient. A lot of time, energy and money is spent making piddling payments: There are about 88,000 claims a year, and the average reimbursement is $127. Put another way, it costs $2.8-million to pay $9-million in claims and those payments cover less than 5 per cent of travellers’ medical bills.

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Ontario’s health system needs change. But has Ford got it right?

Friday, April 26th, 2019

In the next layer, you will find 10 public-health organizations, down from 35, and 10 ambulance organizations, down from 59. One might have thought that these 10 new service areas might have been married up with 10 health regions, but alas, no… it’s still a simpler structure than what it replaced. What’s not yet known is how the Ford health-care regime will work in real life and how it will get local health professionals to work together.

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Why The Most Common Developmental Disability In Canada Is Misdiagnosed Or Missed — And The Devastating Results

Friday, April 26th, 2019

There is no cure for FASD, but early intervention can offer critical strategies for symptoms ranging from mild speech and memory deficits to severe cognitive delays… Both FASD advocates and medical researchers are now trying to make sense of what’s been standing in the way of early detection and treatment — and whether emerging science might offer new solutions.

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Ontario Health Teams: Integrated Governance and Funding

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The self-assessment form requires each applicant… to demonstrate: a history of formally working with other providers or organizations to advance integrated care; a plan for physician and clinical engagement, including physician and clinical leadership as part of the team’s leadership and governance structure; a commitment to the vision and goals of the Ontario Health Team model; a commitment to a central brand; and a commitment to working together towards a single clinical and fiscal accountability framework.

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