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This is the Liberals’ pharmacare plan?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

They say they would be “guided by” the recommendations of the Hoskins panel. But they don’t explicitly endorse them. That panel called on Ottawa to move ahead with legislation to create a national, universal pharmacare plan even if not all provinces were onside… Monday’s announcement by Trudeau makes no mention of timelines. Second, the Liberal announcement provides only the scantiest estimates of costs.

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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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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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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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Ford government must act now to prevent opioid overdoses

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

… last year, alone, more than 1,200 people died in this province from opioid overdoses. Many of them could have been saved if Ontario had more supervised prevention sites… At the same time, the Ford government has failed to enact the Health Sector Transparency Act, which could deter doctors from over-prescribing opioids in the first place.

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De-listing medical services is wrong diagnosis, wrong prescription for health-care system

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

The real diagnosis is that physicians’ services are often wasted because our system isn’t built on need. Rather, it’s based on insurance. OHIP pays a lot per hour for episodic care and low value follow-ups. It still pays poorly for working in a small team and being accessible today for people who need you. Furthermore, there is little quality assurance by doctors to ensure that clinical decisions are justified.

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Drug-price reforms need not affect research on rare diseases – or the Canadians who have them

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Pricing on these drugs is not subject to market forces in that even as competition comes into the market, the drug prices do not fall… We hope that patients, advocacy groups and physicians continue to collaborate with manufacturers and regulatory agencies on… strategies that attempt to bring more transparency and value for health-related outcomes into drug-pricing models.

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