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Ontario’s Proposed Super-Agency: The Creation of Ontario Health Under Bill 74

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

This is the second bulletin in our series regarding Bill 74, an Act concerning the provision of health care in Ontario, which will, once passed, create the Connecting Care Act, 2019… This bulletin will summarize key provisions pertaining to the proposed agency, Ontario Health… its objects and powers, its board and senior management, its funding and accountability obligations and the transfer to it of certain existing operations.

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The Trudeau government’s weak start on pharmacare

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

… its report contains no plan for pharmacare at all. It talks only about creating “building blocks” that could someday, maybe, contribute to a plan… It warns that “without reform, the system will soon be at the breaking point.” But neither the Trudeau government nor its advisory council has yet been willing to follow through to the obvious answer: universal national pharmacare.

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Pharmacare panel offers no prescription for how the new program would work

Friday, March 8th, 2019

The interim report called for a new, arm’s-length drug agency to oversee the health-technology assessments (HTA) that evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new medicines; spearhead negotiations with pharmaceutical companies; and manage a “comprehensive, evidence-based national formulary,” which is a list of drugs covered for everyone.

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Introduction of Bill 74: The People’s Health Care Act, 2019

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

If passed, the legislation would create a central agency to oversee Ontario’s healthcare system intended to, among other things, remove duplication… The Bill introduces the term “integrated care delivery systems” meaning a person or entity or group of persons or entities designated under the CCA that deliver three or more prescribed health care services.

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The Liberal government shouldn’t go soft on pharmacare

Friday, March 1st, 2019

The benefits of a robust national pharmacare plan are substantial, both in improving health outcomes for millions of Canadians and reducing overall costs. The farther off that ideal the government goes, the fewer of those benefits we’ll see… Maintaining this inadequate patchwork costs everyone — governments, individuals and businesses — far more than it should. That’s not good for anyone, including those who enjoy good coverage now. As the Commons health committee put it: “In short, it will save money and lives.”

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Patients lose out in Ford’s health-care ‘reform’

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

… Ontario faces years of chaos and turmoil as the entire health-care system adjusts to yet another in a long line of bureaucratic transformations… fixing hospital overcrowding doesn’t require a super agency; it requires more money for hospital and long-term care beds… The current mess in home care is the result of inadequate funding and the availability of personal support workers and other professionals… Third, there’s no move to increase access to a family doctor for patients currently without one…

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Charting the Path to National Pharmacare in Canada

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

… a federally financed, regulated and administered pharmacare program… is constitutionally feasible because of the federal government’s current jurisdiction over drug safety, price regulation and patent protection. While it is generally assumed that federalism and provincial jurisdiction over health stand in the way of a federal government public single payer program, the provinces have supported this option in the past, with the caveat that special arrangements may have to be made for Quebec.

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Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine Releases First Report

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Hallway Health Care: A System Under Strain identifies three key findings: Difficulty navigating the health care system and long wait times… The system… does not have the appropriate mix of services, beds or digital tools to be ready for the expected increase in complex care needs. More effective coordination at the system level and at the point-of-care would make the system more efficient

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Improving OHIP+ for lower- and modest-income Ontarians

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The Ontario government’s proposed changes to OHIP+ indicate that families with private prescription drug coverage will be required to pay out-of-pocket for any costs not covered by their plans. This will have a burdensome impact on working families with low incomes.

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The new Canada’s Food Guide explained: Goodbye four food groups and serving sizes, hello hydration

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

The new guide is distilled into one strikingly simple image: a plate of food filled with roughly half fruits and vegetables, and the remaining half divided into whole grains and proteins. The image is meant to convey a simple message, according to Health Canada: Eat a diet made up of roughly half fruits and vegetables, and half of the remaining two categories… the new version also includes specific warnings about what not to eat – namely, processed and prepared foods that are high in sodium, free sugars and saturated fats.

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