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Ontario Health Teams should expand reforms to doctors’ Pay

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Extend the capitation principle so that primary-care providers also have a stake in the cost of drugs and secondary care their patients use – a healthcare system likely functions better when each patient has a “medical home,” with a provider who manages the overall care the patient receives.

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It’s time for Canada to embrace the legal regulation of drugs

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Public health leaders in Canada realize that moving toward a legally regulated supply of drugs to replace the toxic and deadly criminally controlled supply, with all its negative impacts on public safety, is in the best interests of the public health and safety goals of Canadians.

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‘Nobody can afford this’: Family left helpless after Health Canada approves official version of prescription eye drops

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

“You can argue, ‘There’s not many patients,’ ” Dr. Midgley said. “Well, we’ve probably just signed off on a million dollars-worth a year of eye drops … for the first 10 patients… We need to provide [patients] with adequate medication and we should be grateful that there are companies taking that up. But it’s going to add to the cost spiral, and it will make health care, sooner or later, unaffordable.”

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New framework aims to improve police-to-hospital transitions of individuals in crisis

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

… co-ordination and collaboration among police and hospital partners can speed up transitions between police officers and hospital workers, improve the care experience for the individual, protect health care worker and emergency department safety, and allow police to return to providing public safety services in the community.

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From ear wax treatment to sinus scans: The 11 medical procedures to be delisted or restricted under OHIP

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

House calls to non-housebound patients, outdated fertility testing and unnecessary earwax removal are among 11 health services being delisted or restricted from OHIP coverage, a committee tasked with modernizing Ontario’s taxpayer-funded insurance plan has announced. Coverage for the services will be affected as part of a major update to the OHIP Schedule of Benefits aimed at freeing up money for higher-value physician services, increasing access to those services and cutting wait-lists

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Ontarians pay their doctors $12 billion a year. So why can’t they know where their taxpayer money is going?

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

“We have a great shortage of doctors in needed areas like geriatrics, rehabilitation medicine and family medicine, at least in part because those doctors are underpaid relative to other specialties,” Glazier said. “Having the right mix of specialties to serve the population matters to everyone who cares about our health system and population health.”

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Overview of the Second Report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: Part II

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Much of the focus of the Report, including Chapter 2 (summarized above) is on the integration of the healthcare system. Since Part I was published, significant steps have been taken in the province to support such integration… by inviting selected groups to submit a full application to become Ontario Health Teams.

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Government of Canada invests close to $101M in Indigenous health research across the country

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The purpose of the NEIHR Program is to establish a national network of nine centres located across the country focused on capacity development, research and knowledge translation centered on Indigenous Peoples… it will support Indigenous community-based health research based upon the priorities and values of Indigenous Peoples.

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Universal, Single-Payer Public Pharmacare in Canada: An Overview of the Proposed Model

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

This bulletin summarizes the key recommendations, which include implementation beginning in 2020; an ability for provinces and territories to opt in; new federal legislation and fiscal transfers to the provinces and territories; a $100 cap on annual household out of pocket spending; a national formulary covering essential medicine by 2022 and comprehensive coverage by 2027; and a dedicated process for assessment and coverage for expensive drugs for rare diseases.

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Big hurdles remain in pharmacare implementation plan

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

The national pharmacare advisory council’s ambitious report presents a staged, eight-year plan to reduce drug costs and make public drug coverage universal with the participation of the provinces. But there are major stumbling blocks ahead. The report is silent on how the initiative would be paid for; it proposes a convoluted and unequal federal funding transfer to encourage provincial and territorial participation; and, it makes potentially naïve assumptions about how private insurers will react to the expansion of public drug insurance.

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