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Thousands of Canadians died because COVID-19 delayed surgeries, doctors say

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

Statistics Canada… estimated 19,501 excess deaths in Canada, or 5.3 per cent more deaths than would be expected if there were no pandemic after accounting for changes in the population, such as aging… The report looked at backlogs for eight procedures: breast cancer surgeries, coronary artery bypass graft, CT scans, MRI scans, colectomies, knee replacements, cataract surgery and hip replacements, and found backlogs due to COVID delays ranged from 46 to 118 days.

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We can re-define Canada’s health systems because we already have

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

We know we can build better health care because we did. When the pandemic forced us to pivot, our health systems learned quickly. This must continue… The best solutions are often the simplest, rooted in both evidence and common sense. We have seen care models that are trauma and culturally informed, offered by people who have roots in the community. We have seen a smarter use of existing resources, including a leveraging of virtual care. 

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‘Not vaccine hesitancy but inequity.’ Organizers take us inside Toronto’s northwest pop-ups where lines form everyday at 5 a.m.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

… thousands lined up in rain and snow make it clear that low vaccination rates in these communities aren’t products of vaccine hesitancy. Rather, the situation unfolding has everything to do with structural inequities that starve communities of key resources, and in this case, life saving vaccines in the midst of a deadly pandemic… If vaccines are made accessible in trusted spaces, through trusted relationships, people will come.

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COVID HIGHLIGHTS ACUTE SHORTAGE OF HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

… paying higher rates for physician services would have a negative effect on the number of health services provided per capita as physicians tend to reduce the number of hours worked as their pay increases. Nurses, conversely, have a positive – though small – correlation between remuneration, numbers per capita and health outcomes… the report advocates shifting methods and modes of care delivery, or adapting scopes of practice… to address short-term healthcare labour supply gaps.

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A TRAGEDY THAT DIDN’T NEED TO HAPPEN: The Pandemic in Long-term Care: A View from Ottawa

Friday, January 29th, 2021

This is what we need: national care standards for long-term care, with residents’ rights equal to those mandated by provisions in the Canada Health Act; a national healthcare labour-force strategy for the recruitment and retention of care staff, especially PSWs; and, an increase in health care funding to the provinces that is tied to improving long-term care. A large majority of Canadians are in favour of eliminating profit-taking from health care.

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Mental health crisis teams are a first step to ending tragic deaths

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

People calling for help in the midst of a medical crisis need appropriate help, not an armed response. Not only are police not needed for the vast majority of mental health crisis calls, they have proven, time and again, that they don’t have the right skills for them… A team of specially trained civilians is clearly the better response. But these crisis teams are not a magic bullet to ending bad experiences and tragic deaths of people in the throes of a mental health crisis at the hands of police… people need access to mental health services, not just a more successful response to a crisis call.

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Ontario adding mental health beds in 16 hospitals as COVID-19 takes a toll

Monday, January 25th, 2021

Ontario is adding mental health beds in 16 hospitals to cope with increased demand and will increase funding for a seniors’ help line as pandemic lockdowns continue under the state of emergency and stay-at-home orders… The new beds account for most of the $12 million set aside for the expansions in mental health services, which include $130,000 for the Seniors Safety Line to hire and train more operators to meet higher volumes of calls to their toll-free number 1-866-299-1011.

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‘Total rethink’ of long-term-care home design needed in the wake of COVID-19, experts urge

Monday, January 18th, 2021

… alternatives that don’t involve retrofits or new buildings also need to be explored… “Money can go to home health care … and with telemedicine, more and more people can be safely and appropriately supported at home… “much less expensive options like assisted living, or independent living with some support services. They are cheaper, yet not generally supported with public funds. “It’s finding the right mix of options, most of which are less expensive than well-done, skilled nursing facilities”

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Province invests $47 million in supportive housing programs

Friday, December 11th, 2020

… more individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live with mental health and addictions issues will have increased access to the community supports they need… CMHA Ontario advocates that stable housing is a key determinant of good health. Read more on the relationship between housing and mental health here.

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Virtual Healthcare Revolution Here To Stay

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

… virtual care… has been critical throughout the pandemic. During June 2020 virtual care represented over 70 percent of ambulatory care across the country. That is a massive increase from just five months before”… For patients, face-to-face appointments with healthcare providers have traditionally come with certain costs, such as lost income from time off work, childcare and transportation costs… The authors propose that care redesign starts with asking three simple questions…

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