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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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Toward Healthcare’s Culture Change

Friday, November 8th, 2019

… contemporary needs demand the system’s expansion to encompass two additional imperatives: a) meeting the changed needs of people, many of them aging, who suffer from multiple, chronic conditions that are amenable to wellness-enhancing treatments provided in their own homes and communities by multi-professional teams of care givers; and, more fundamentally, b) motivating and educating people in ways to maintain life-long good health.

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New Liberal minority must keep national pharmacare promise

Friday, November 8th, 2019

In August, 67.8 per cent of respondents to a Mainstreet poll called for national pharmacare, agreeing that the federal government should create a system through which it pays for prescription drugs, regardless of the cost to government. In an Angus Reid pre-election poll, 78 per cent of voters supported a national pharmacare program. Even the 57 per cent of Canadians who intended to vote for the Conservatives, whose platform included no pharmacare plan, supported either the Liberal or the NDP plan.

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As diabetes rates surge globally, obesity is no longer the sole culprit. It can start in the womb

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

This work brings the immune system living inside the gut to the centre stage as a new area that really needs to be investigated further.” At the very least, “it reinforces the idea of having a healthy, balanced diet, because it impacts the bacteria and the immune cells in the gut.” Others are exploring whether our personalities, and not just what we eat, may put us at greater risk of diabetes.

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Med school needs more students, dean tells Sudbury chamber

Friday, October 25th, 2019

“Health care in Northern Ontario is in greater turmoil than it is in any other part of the province,” she said. “In some places, we’re one doctor away from a crisis. We’re one sub-specialist away from a crisis.” … One of her concerns is the cap on the number of students at NOSM. “Is it enough to have 64 physicians in a part of the province where the need is greater?” she asked. “It makes me crazy. We need to expand this medical school.”

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A (little) bit of welcome news on the opioid crisis

Friday, October 25th, 2019

… “evidence-based strategies” … includes improved access to harm reduction and overdose prevention, such as safe consumption sites; increased resources to treat addictions and mental health conditions; and better access to alternative treatments for chronic pain… There were more than 4,500 opioid-related deaths in Canada last year. Ontario needs to do its part to make sure those numbers decline.

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Voters beware: National pharmacare is unnecessary, bad for privately insured Canadians and costly for taxpayers

Saturday, October 19th, 2019

… it would be less disruptive and less expensive to just fill the gaps caused by public formulary exclusions… CHPI’s model doesn’t require shifting the full cost of existing provincial public drug plans onto the federal budget, nor require the government to cover privately paid costs, so it reduces the burden on the federal budget by $14.1 billion compared to the PBO’s model.

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Who deserves mental health? It should be everyone

Friday, October 18th, 2019

As the Canadian Mental Health Association’s research has shown, more than half of us consider depression and anxiety to be at “epidemic levels” and yet 1.6 million Canadians feel they’re going untreated. The CMHA has called for a federal parity act to bring mental-health spending “into balance” with spending on physical health (right now, only 7.2 per cent of health-care spending goes to mental health).

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Civil servants get the Rolls Royce of pharmacare while party leaders can’t even muster a decent plan

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

… opinion polls show most Canadians do support a national insurance scheme for prescription drugs. Will election promises bring the benefits Canadians need?… Unless whoever forms the federal government after the election provides: adequate resources for good-quality national pharmacare, a guarantee of long-term funding, and a roadmap for integrating it with existing provincial programs, Canadians hoping for improved access to medicines are unlikely to be satisfied.

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