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As pediatric emergency rooms stretch to breaking, nurses have real solutions for health crisis

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Provinces can legislate to reduce workloads by implementing safe nurse-to-patient ratios and make targeted investments in retention initiatives. The federal government should also be making direct investments to support return and recruitment initiatives, including mental health programming… Nurses are also recommending the federal government establish a collaborative health workforce council of provincial and territorial health ministries.

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Looking forward into the past: Lessons for the future of Medicare on its 60th anniversary

Saturday, December 24th, 2022

The provincial government in Ontario operates a large network of not-for-profit community clinics… lacking explicit democratic co-operative control… it may be time for communities to… voice their desire in words and action for access to the kind of holistic care pioneered by the co-operative clinics. Maybe this time, policymakers will listen.

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Canada’s health care system is stuck firmly in the past

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

Canada needs to choose a bigger pan. We can expand the dimensions of what health care can provide through pan-Canadian licensure, a national health human resource plan, multijurisdictional data sharing, increased integration of virtual care and team-based care, and by reducing the administrative burden on providers. Any one of these changes could transform the health system, and each… necessitates change in the others.

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Don’t blame family doctors for the current health care crisis

Tuesday, December 20th, 2022

… over the past decade, the number of family physicians has increased by almost a quarter. But working conditions have steadily deteriorated, and like us, many have moved into other areas of practice… we’ve long known that we need transformation of primary care systems, not just more money. Team-based models like Alberta’s Primary Care Networks and Ontario’s Family Health Teams must be supported and expanded… 

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Here is a health care to-do list for the federal government

Saturday, December 17th, 2022

The major question in the federal/provincial/territorial debate on health care funding should not be on whether there should be conditions but on what these conditions should be… with funding withheld or returned when these conditions are not met… Addressing health care means… moving on to how can we build a public health-care system that works across the country and for our populations in all their diversity.

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Federal healthcare funding should have strings attached

Saturday, December 17th, 2022

Simply dumping health care dollars in provincial capitals is not a solution. Tossing money at Doug Ford, who has chosen license rebates and gas tax cuts (extended for another year) over more health spending is a particularly bad idea. It would offer a bandage when triage is required. Without a strategy and targets, there would be no assurance the extra federal funds would be going to healthcare…

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Interpreting the data: Key takeaways from Welfare in Canada, 2021

Friday, December 16th, 2022

The data in Welfare in Canada, 2021 reveal five main findings: Welfare incomes were deeply inadequate across Canada: – All households in every province lived in poverty, and the large majority lived in deep poverty… Most jurisdictions did not make substantive increases to already inadequate social assistance benefits… Total welfare incomes increased in a limited number of cases. In most instances, higher inflation in 2021 negated their positive impact.

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A prescription to ease the emergency in Canada’s ERs

Friday, December 16th, 2022

Opening more doors for doctors trained elsewhere, Canadian or otherwise, is where Ottawa can focus any new dollars it commits, in co-operation with the provinces. That money should come with strings attached by government – to steer new doctors to family practices in underserved areas… We don’t know where family doctors are working, how they’re working, and where the shortages are. Collecting and collating that information… is a necessary first step.

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Provinces want a blank cheque for health care. Ottawa should say no

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

In the short term, the supposed health care transfer would simply go to pay down the debts of subnational governments… With recent history as a guide, much of that money would go to increasing salaries of health care workers, not to improving services… In that light, Ottawa’s position that ties new funding to a national health data system makes sense. So does its push for goals in key areas of reform, including family health and long-term care.

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Doug Ford appointed unqualified party loyalists to fill key tribunal spots. Now Ontarians are paying the price as wait lists swell

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Tribunals are supposed to be the one place where justice, and access to justice, is equal for all — an alternative to high-priced lawyers and endless court dates. Yet Ontario’s front-line administrative tribunals have become dysfunctional on Ford’s watch… Ordinary Ontarians are paying the price for the premier’s pork barrelling, with a queue exceeding 67,000 cases in key areas:

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