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Equitable pharmacare deal requires Trudeau to strike deal with wary premiers

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Every province operates some form of public drug plan for seniors and the poor. All premiers would be pleased to have Ottawa take on part of that financial burden. But they don’t want to be hosed again, as many feel they were with medicare… That’s why the premiers insist that any national pharmacare scheme must have “adequate and sustained” federal funding.

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A tricky operation: Finding a place for private health insurance in a public system

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Every health insurance program in the developed world, public and private, is struggling with a daunting triple challenge: An aging population, the soaring cost of new technologies and rising consumer expectations… private sector efficiency is a myth. Private hospitals keep patients longer, order more tests, prescribe more drugs and provide a lot of low-value or no-value care. They overtreat and overcharge… private hospitals are not going to solve the woes of Canadian medicare

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Here’s why you should like the federal carbon tax

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

An escalating carbon price, on the other hand, would allow GDP per capita to grow steadily so long as the proceeds of the carbon tax are redistributed to taxpayers, as the current plan foresees… By… 2030 and the emissions reductions are in the bag, Canadians would each be $3,300-a-year richer under carbon pricing than under the large-emitter-only scenario.

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10 Things to Know About Poverty Measurement in Canada

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Use of the Low Income Measure (LIM) would suggest that poverty in Canada has seen mild fluctuations since the mid-1990s… The LIM is useful for international comparisons…Use of the Market Basket Measure (MBM) suggests that Canada has seen a major decrease in poverty over the past decade… If you’re poor according to the MBM, it’s because experts believe you could not afford that basket of goods in your community.

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Ontario to spend $90M yearly on free dental care for low-income seniors

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

The Doug Ford government says it will spend $90 million annually to provide free routine dental care to low-income seniors in Ontario…about 100,000 seniors will benefit from the program when it is fully implemented… the program aims to reduce emergency room visits by seniors suffering from dental problems and it is a part of a comprehensive provincial plan to end “hallway health care.”

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Trending towards inequality: Understanding the role of universities in the rise of contract academic work

Friday, November 15th, 2019

If universities begin to aggressively increase class sizes, eliminate course offerings, or succeed in imposing an increased workload on tenure-stream faculty, performance funding measures may lead to many contract faculty losing their jobs or having less work. However, as tenure-stream faculty retire and are not replaced, there will likely be an increased reliance on contract faculty. Neither scenario is favourable…

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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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We need to talk about this in Ontario. But we probably won’t

Friday, November 15th, 2019

“Because my wife has French-language rights, and because we’re Catholic, I get to choose between four different schools to send my kids to. The other 70 per cent of Ontarians don’t get that choice… They can only go to an English public school. How is that fair for anyone?” … Parents are struggling with all manner of cuts and shortcomings to their children’s education… a lot of people will tell you it’s because we have multiple boards.

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Welfare in Canada update now available

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

In 2018, total welfare incomes did not keep pace with the cost of living in 33 of the 52 scenarios tracked in this report (four household types across the 13 provinces and territories). In these cases, households receiving welfare were worse off in 2018 than they were in 2017… Even where welfare incomes were highest, they fell short of the poverty threshold.

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