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Ontario should ditch any plans to further privatize health care. It just doesn’t work — and usually makes matters worse

Friday, August 12th, 2022

First, the government should ditch any plans to further privatize the system… That’s because it benefits not those who need health care, but those who can pay the handsome user fees required by what in effect is two-tier health care. Second, the government would be wise to view this crisis as an opportunity — a chance to rationalize and expand a public system that by and large does work.

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Are thousands of uninsured people about to lose health coverage in Ontario? Fears grow about end to COVID-era OHIP rules

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

… the care for the uninsured throughout the pandemic has been about one per cent of the total hospital spending and “across virtually every health condition, there is evidence that prevention improves health and let people live longer and better lives.”… The interim policy has also simplified the administrative work for health-care providers and alleviated their stress and burnout…

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Health Coalition Chairperson to seek accountability for health dollars at premiers’ meeting

Sunday, July 10th, 2022

The Canadian Health Coalition is in favour of increased federal funding to provinces, but not without strings attached to ensure the funding is used for health care in an accountable manner and supports our public health care system…  Budget 2022 stated the federal government wants to ensure that any additional federal funding will improve Canada’s health care system.

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B.C. and Ottawa are showing leadership in fighting the scourge of drug overdoses

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

The exemption, which is authorized by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, will decriminalize possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy. Toronto has applied for a similar exemption, and the feds ought to approve it now… there’s abundant evidence that drug prohibition has little effect on how many people use drugs but plays a significant role in making an already risky activity even riskier.

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Feds rightly cautious about provincial demands for unconditional health funding

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

“Trudeau is correct to avoid what may amount to cutting a blank cheque to provinces if he cannot ensure that the money will deliver improvements to existing public health care and expanding public health care to much needed long-term care and universal pharmacare.” … More than eight out of every ten dollars provided in Canada to fight COVID-19 and support Canadians has been provided by the federal government…

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Ontario election gives voters the chance to choose people over profits in long-term care

Friday, May 27th, 2022

If… government replicates past decisions, more than 65,000 Ontarians a year will live in a for-profit facility — many run by corporations focused on their real estate investments — in the next decade. If we follow a different path, these subsidies could fund operators that are primarily care organizations and where real estate holdings support the care, not the other way around.

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Canada’s premiers are missing a real chance to fix our ailing health-care system

Monday, May 16th, 2022

… unless and until the premiers agree to set out… how they intend to spend and report on the 62 per cent increase in transfers they are demanding to actually bring about real change in their respective health systems, Ottawa should refuse. And Canadians themselves should just say no.

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7 principles to guide a national dental care program in Canada

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

There are myriad details here, but at minimum, there appears to be increasing policy, public and political consensus that access to dental care should be made consistent, reliable and equitable for all Canadians across all jurisdictions. As a result, like it is for health care, federal policy leadership is key… we offer these principles to move forward in a healthy way: in the service of Canadians who, for far too long, have been unable to meet their oral health-care needs because of a lack of access to care.

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Making it Right – Universal Basic Mental Healthcare for Ontario

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

… Ontario should consider expanding its OHIP coverage to include universal basic mental healthcare in the form of a basic program assuring access of up to 12 psychotherapy sessions annually, which would remove barriers to access, among other benefits. Of the nearly 2 million Ontarians that stated a need for mental healthcare in 2018, 78.2% cited not knowing where to get help or not being able to afford to pay as a reason.

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Big Pharma wins in Liberals’ watered-down drug price regulations

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

A universal, single-payer, national pharmacare strategy remains elusive for Canadians, but the pharmaceutical industry continues to rake in profits while the government scales back regulatory changes on drug pricing… The Globe and Mail reported that the government is also cancelling plans from 2019 to force drug companies to disclose net prices and will instead continue to rely on publicly-listed prices. This, despite the government’s declaration that public prices do not reflect the true price tag.

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