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Assessing Ottawa’s New Health Mandate

Friday, January 10th, 2020

… why not identify and put your emphasis on issues squarely in the federal jurisdiction, such as the socio-economic determinants of health? Addressing poverty and other deleterious conditions in certain populations would be the greatest contribution your government could make to better health of Canadians.

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Resolution on social housing benefit provides hope for many in 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

There are few things more important to health than a roof over one’s head. Life expectancy for a homeless person is substantially worse than for the general population and 57 per cent of homeless people in Toronto have a chronic medical condition… living in ill-maintained housing increases the risk of accidents due to unsafe structures, infestations such as mice, cockroaches, and a variety of infections…

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Just what the doctor ordered: How AI will change medicine in the 2020s

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Perhaps the principal short-term impact for deep learning and AI tools would be to liberate doctors and patients from keyboards, their common enemy that markedly detracts from real human interaction… with smartwatch algorithms… common, non-serious conditions that can be diagnosed by patients with algorithms will grow, cultivating more autonomy for willing patients and, as a result, less requirement for doctor visits.

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My brain tumour has returned, my drug plan has not

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

… in its current form, our country will remove a tumour and leave the medication on the back of the patient (to say nothing of teeth, vision care and mental health, which are curiously not covered by our “universal” system)… To those of us directly affected, it’s a crisis and daily failure of a country that prides itself on socialized medicine to step up and protect us. We don’t need this in 2027 — we have prescriptions that aren’t being filled now.

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Ontario’s mental-health crisis, Part 3: Solving the problem will mean more beds — and more political will

Friday, December 13th, 2019

… on any given day, there are approximately 2,300 patients who are awaiting transfer to a more appropriate bed… Of these 2,300 patients, 9 per cent, or approximately 200 people, are awaiting transfer to a more appropriate care setting for a mental-health issue… The provincial government has pledged to do more for mental health and to expand the long-term-care system generally. But that will take years and sustained political will.

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Is a national pharmacare program any closer to reality?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

it’s delusional to think the Liberals will act anything other than slowly. While the purported savings are compelling, shifting spending from private drug plans to the public treasury is much less so. Not to mention that the provinces are, at best, lukewarm about the idea… The premiers want the escalator to increase to 5.2 per cent before they even consider pharmacare.

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Equitable pharmacare deal requires Trudeau to strike deal with wary premiers

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Every province operates some form of public drug plan for seniors and the poor. All premiers would be pleased to have Ottawa take on part of that financial burden. But they don’t want to be hosed again, as many feel they were with medicare… That’s why the premiers insist that any national pharmacare scheme must have “adequate and sustained” federal funding.

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A lack of nutritious food is harming Canadians

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

One of the fundamental principles of our medicare system is that every Canadian should have access to evidence-based treatments. But we are failing Canadians when it comes to one of the most essential medicines — access to nutritious and healthy food. We can no longer divorce the health of Canadians from nutrition in our health care system. Our health as a nation is depending on it.

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End of HIV epidemic is within our grasp

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

… 19 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with HIV are not accessing treatment. Compared to all other G7 countries that have published figures on this measure, Canada ranks last. What sets us apart? For one, we are the only high-income country in the world with a public health-care system that lacks a country-wide pharmacare program… What are we waiting for?

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Getting to a People-Centred Health System

Friday, November 8th, 2019

… the basic purpose should be to foster wellness, the preservation of good health in addition to its restoration… we must expand its reach. Hospitals and physicians provide essential services but so also do nursing and retirement homes, rehabilitation and mental health facilities, the providers of home care and other community services, including housing, income and personal security, respite, community support, and other health determinants.

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