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A lack of nutritious food is harming Canadians

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

One of the fundamental principles of our medicare system is that every Canadian should have access to evidence-based treatments. But we are failing Canadians when it comes to one of the most essential medicines — access to nutritious and healthy food. We can no longer divorce the health of Canadians from nutrition in our health care system. Our health as a nation is depending on it.

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The elimination of regional leadership in Ontario’s health system

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The health team design principles suggest that regional leadership of the system is not important if local care is better integrated. This may be true but having experience in working with the LHINs to implement change in Ontario, I worry about the loss of a regional leadership structure, which demonstrably improved quality in Ontario health care.

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Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Requires a Made-in-the-USA Solution

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

“Canada represents only 2% of global pharmaceutical consumption vs. America’s 44%. In fact, the state of Florida alone spends more than all of Canada on prescription medicine… Canada imports between 68-70% of our final dosage form prescription drug supply and for the remaining 30% that we do manufacture domestically – over 90% of the components come from abroad.”

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Ontario’s healthcare spending lowest in Canada — but going lower

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

These cuts, totalling about $360 million, will affect everything from mental health care to cancer screening, according to Natalie Mehra, head of the Ontario Health Coalition… Their impact will likely be profound, since… Ontario’s health-care spending is only $3,903 per person — the lowest of the ten provinces — and $487 per person lower than the Canadian average…

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OPP have saved more than 100 lives with naloxone

Monday, November 18th, 2019

The OPP say calls regarding overdoses rose 121 per cent between 2016 and 2018. Further, OPP data collected between September 2017 to November 2019 shows: The majority (66 per cent) of naloxone recipients were male and 34 per cent were female; The average age of naloxone recipients was 31.5 for females and 32 for males; Most incidences occurred inside a residence

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End of HIV epidemic is within our grasp

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

… 19 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with HIV are not accessing treatment. Compared to all other G7 countries that have published figures on this measure, Canada ranks last. What sets us apart? For one, we are the only high-income country in the world with a public health-care system that lacks a country-wide pharmacare program… What are we waiting for?

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Hospital Beds and Long-Term Care Wait Lists

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Under current rules, hospitals may charge patients copayments for their room and board only if they require complex continuing care and are “more or less permanently resident” in hospital or waiting for an LTC bed. But they may not do so if the patient is awaiting discharge to home or community care. This creates a perverse incentive for hospitals to recommend LTC in order to get copayments, leading to longer waiting lists.

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Video visits with doctors are a smart idea

Friday, November 15th, 2019

There are three much bigger issues the government needs to tackle to reduce the average wait time to be admitted to hospital from an emergency department. It now tops a sickening 16 hours. Those are a lack of nursing home and long-term health care beds and a shortage of home-care services. And they won’t be solved by the $3 million the province plans to spend on video visits and other digital innovations.

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Ontario axing 9 execs in bid to save money, increase efficiencies in health care

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

A health ministry official said no other employees other than the head of the LHINs, which provide local health care planning, are being laid off now and no offices are closing, but in future there will be “significant” savings as real estate assets are consolidated… Under the plan, between 30 and 50 “Ontario Health Teams” will form across the province to co-ordinate all levels of care, from doctor visits to hospitals stays and home care.

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Home-care agencies seek key role in Doug Ford’s health reforms

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

… the government’s restructuring of the health system and the creation of the Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) can make it easier for people to be cared for at home and can shift the burden of care away from hospitals when patients truly don’t need to be hospitalized… “Many of the solutions to hospital overcrowding lie outside hospital walls,”

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