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The elimination of regional leadership in Ontario’s health system

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The health team design principles suggest that regional leadership of the system is not important if local care is better integrated. This may be true but having experience in working with the LHINs to implement change in Ontario, I worry about the loss of a regional leadership structure, which demonstrably improved quality in Ontario health care.

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OPP have saved more than 100 lives with naloxone

Monday, November 18th, 2019

The OPP say calls regarding overdoses rose 121 per cent between 2016 and 2018. Further, OPP data collected between September 2017 to November 2019 shows: The majority (66 per cent) of naloxone recipients were male and 34 per cent were female; The average age of naloxone recipients was 31.5 for females and 32 for males; Most incidences occurred inside a residence

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Video visits with doctors are a smart idea

Friday, November 15th, 2019

There are three much bigger issues the government needs to tackle to reduce the average wait time to be admitted to hospital from an emergency department. It now tops a sickening 16 hours. Those are a lack of nursing home and long-term health care beds and a shortage of home-care services. And they won’t be solved by the $3 million the province plans to spend on video visits and other digital innovations.

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Ontario axing 9 execs in bid to save money, increase efficiencies in health care

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

A health ministry official said no other employees other than the head of the LHINs, which provide local health care planning, are being laid off now and no offices are closing, but in future there will be “significant” savings as real estate assets are consolidated… Under the plan, between 30 and 50 “Ontario Health Teams” will form across the province to co-ordinate all levels of care, from doctor visits to hospitals stays and home care.

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Home-care agencies seek key role in Doug Ford’s health reforms

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

… the government’s restructuring of the health system and the creation of the Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) can make it easier for people to be cared for at home and can shift the burden of care away from hospitals when patients truly don’t need to be hospitalized… “Many of the solutions to hospital overcrowding lie outside hospital walls,”

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Why being a salaried doctor benefits my patients and the health care system

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

As the Ontario government bolsters its oversight of OHIP, I would like to see physician accountability move away from billing practices to emphasize quality of care and population health indicators that incentivize following best practices and address the real needs of people and communities… now is the time for her and the provincial Ministry of Health to start thinking about a transition in the current compensation model.

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Ontario changing pharmacist payments to save government $436-million

Sunday, October 27th, 2019

Ontario has reached a tentative agreement with the province’s pharmacists that will see them take millions of dollars less in payments over the next half decade… It would also see the government pay pharmacists a flat fee for every patient receiving prescriptions in a long-term care home rather than paying for each individual prescription that’s issued… [and] scrap a $2 co-payment that long-term care residents currently pay on each prescription.

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To improve health care, we need to plan our work force of the future

Friday, October 25th, 2019

We need to rethink our traditional approach of strictly controlling the number of health workers we educate and train and turn to oversupply, knowing that many will be wooed away… One in five nurses in Canada leaves their job each year, and the turnover costs are enormous… [We must] ensure jobs are meaningful, appropriate and, most of all, that there are people to fill the posts that are so essential to our care.

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‘Innovative’ health clinic in Midland high school serves students and public

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

“The idea arose to house the health unit in a vacant wing of the school… The location had many benefits, including bringing health services close to students, sitting on a transit route and being close to a neighbourhood… Ten programs run from the clinic, including prenatal, immunizations, water sampling, sexual health, needle exchange, naloxone training, and substance abuse and prevention.

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Christine Elliott hires special adviser to work with communities on Ontario public health merge

Friday, October 11th, 2019

TheGlobeandMail.com – Canada October 9, 2019.   Jeff Gray, Queen’s Park Reporter Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott is hiring a special adviser to consult municipalities and local health officials before giving the green light to controversial plans to merge the province’s public-health units. Jim Pine, the chief administrative officer of the County of Hastings in […]

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