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The real challenge is to expand medicare, not just save it

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

While Canadians sing the praises of public care, they actually spend close to a third of their health-care dollars in the private sector — on things like prescription drugs, dental care, vision care, physiotherapy and home care… The job now isn’t just to protect medicare as it is against efforts to chip away at it, but to extend public coverage into other areas. A comprehensive pharmacare program should top the list

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The landmark Charter challenge over private health-care wasn’t about what you thought it was

Sunday, September 13th, 2020

the heart of the plaintiffs’ argument… If governments are to impose a monopoly over the funding of health care, they have an obligation to see that it is provided in a timely fashion… User fees and private insurance may not be the answer to wait times, but it is not impossible that the system could be reformed in such a way as to make more efficient use of resources, without harm to the principle of universal public funding.

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Trudeau gets it wrong on Canada’s other health crisis

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Only Ottawa could take the big step of decriminalization and make addiction a health issue, not one for the justice system… it’s a political calculation on the part of the Liberals, who no doubt fear there are more votes to be lost than gained by taking that route… But if Trudeau truly wanted to follow the science, he would take a different approach to Canada’s other pandemic.

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How COVID-19 kicked virtual medicine into high gear

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

“I have been involved in virtual medicine for many years. I thought it would be adopted quickly. I was very wrong. But then, almost overnight, it’s become mainstream. Soon it will just be part of our health system. They won’t call it virtual health care — it will just be health care.”

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COVID-19 could break Ontario’s mental health system, psychologists have a solution

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

four major benefits… of publicly-funded psychological care: Freeing up physicians time to focus on primary health care; Providing equal access to mental health care… Decreasing the use of medications to treat mental health issues… [and] Providing earlier treatment, which can reduce severity in the long term and give clients the knowledge and skills to prevent future mental health difficulties.

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We must do more to protect people with dementia

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

… 40 per cent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting a dozen modifiable risk factors, ranging from making sure every child gets an education through to controlling high blood pressure… preventing dementia begins in childhood, not at retirement… countless lifestyle choices and public health measures can have a dramatic impact on our brains, and the health of individuals and societies more broadly.

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These mental health advocates are working on an alternative to police intervention when someone is in crisis.

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

“When someone is in crisis, they are already feeling afraid, overwhelmed, out of control. They don’t need an officer with a gun and handcuffs showing up… “What they need instead is a mental health expert, who they can trust, who can help them calm down. Someone who can help them feel safer.”

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Why Doug Ford’s to blame for health-care mess

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Health experts from such groups as the Ontario Health Coalition, Ontario Nurses Association and the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario constantly monitor what Ford is doing — and what they find is ugly. Here are a few of the measures Ford has imposed over the past year that negatively impact health care:

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First Canadian clinical trial of any COVID-19 vaccine is launched in Quebec City

Tuesday, July 14th, 2020

On Monday, six volunteers rolled up their sleeves to receive shots at a study site operated by Syneos Health in Quebec City, officially launching the first Canadian clinical trial of any COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine, developed by Medicago Inc., a Quebec biopharmaceutical company, has shown positive results in animal studies. But this is its first test in humans.

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Ottawa should listen to police chiefs. Drug use is a health care problem, not a crime

Monday, July 13th, 2020

There is a cresting wave of support for decriminalization, and its benefits for society. 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy backed decriminalization… Canadian health officials have also long worked towards these changes… Decriminalization and a safe supply (prescribed by doctors, to address the deadly toxicity of street opioids) were also key recommendations last year from an all-party House of Commons health committee.

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