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Addressing social needs is a bold new way to improve health care

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

… known as the Social Medicine Initiative… Its goal is to address poverty and homelessness issues faced by many people… and in doing so improve their health levels… The aim of the initiative is to co-ordinate systems so it’s “easier for patients to access the services they need,” thus reducing the number of patients who require higher levels of care and decreasing the burden on the overall health and social services systems.

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Three Parties, Three Roadmaps to Universal Pharmacare in Canada

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Hoskins said it’s very positive that three of the four leading parties have committed to universal pharmacare… The issue is complicated and will require many steps… “Provinces and territories need to have confidence that this is going to work for them,” That means knowing the funding will be reliable going forward rather than part of the Canada Health Transfer that the federal government can reduce unilaterally.

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Ontario Health Teams: Primary Care Should Be Key

Friday, September 27th, 2019

The idea that in a well-functioning healthcare system, patients must have an accountable provider serving as their medical home is more convincing than ever, and a patient enrollment model based on capitation is by far the most logical basis for such a system… The right way for the Ontario government to go at this point is… to use capitated primary-care providers as the backbone of the new OHTs.

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Election 2019: The home stretch for universal, public pharmacare

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

We shouldn’t just “fill in the gaps” by providing coverage for those who don’t currently have any, since that would simply add yet another layer to our inequitable system. It wouldn’t allow us to benefit from the reduced costs achieved through bulk purchasing and it wouldn’t limit the rising out-of-pocket expenses of those who currently have coverage. It would leave the majority of Canadians vulnerable to losing their coverage if their employment situation changes.

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This is the Liberals’ pharmacare plan?

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

They say they would be “guided by” the recommendations of the Hoskins panel. But they don’t explicitly endorse them. That panel called on Ottawa to move ahead with legislation to create a national, universal pharmacare plan even if not all provinces were onside… Monday’s announcement by Trudeau makes no mention of timelines. Second, the Liberal announcement provides only the scantiest estimates of costs.

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

Friday, September 20th, 2019

… the Council suggests that accurately capturing patient experience in all aspects of the health care system is paramount. When assessing value for money, the Council advises the government to  work to develop indicators that measure patient and overall population health outcomes against the cost of administering and delivering services in the most efficient way.

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Federal Election 2019

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

It is the role of the federal government to set the national direction for health care, providing both funding and national standards to ensure quality care for all… The federal government should ensure that people across Canada can access the same quality of public health care. It’s also time to adopt a public, universal pharmacare program and a national seniors’ care strategy.

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Smart health-care policy must include affordable housing

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The link between housing and health is clear: You can’t live a healthy life if you don’t have a roof over your head. Without stable housing, people die younger, suffer more and have more severe chronic illnesses, make far more emergency room visits, are more likely to be hospitalized and readmitted, and stay longer in hospital when they are admitted.

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Ford promised to fix hallway medicine. But it’s getting worse

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

… the Ford government has wasted more than a year when it had the power to do something about it… what we already know are the fixes to hallway medicine: more home-care services and long-term care beds… This past June was the worst June on record for hospital overcrowding since the province began collecting statistics more than a decade ago.

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Ontario boosts money for home and community care to alleviate hospital overcrowding

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Ontario’s government is putting $11 million more than planned into home and community care this year in a bid to lower the number of patients being treated in the hallways of overcrowded hospitals, says Health Minister Christine Elliott. The money is on top of $144 million announced in the spring budget and includes $45 million aimed at “high need” areas where problems are most severe…

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