Category Archives: Our Commentaries

Noralou Roos named an Officer of the Order of Canada

Congratulations to our founder and Director, Dr. Noralou Roos for being named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her years of service and work in health policy.

Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada? Why is it so hard for mothers to breastfeed in Canada?
By Nicole Letourneau and Mary Lougheed

According to Statistics Canada, while Canada has made significant strides toward breastfeeding as a cultural norm — for example 89 percent of women initiated breastfeeding in 2012, compared to 69 percent in 1982 — we still have a long way to go.

Don’t let seniors’ care in Canada become a private equity money maker Don’t let seniors’ care in Canada become a private equity money maker
By Margaret McGregor and Lisa Ronald

Late last year, a large trans-national insurance company, Anbang, announced its intention to purchase a majority interest in Retirement Concepts, a Canadian for-profit nursing home chain.

The-never-ending-saga-of-medical-user-fees-in-Quebec The never-ending saga of medical user fees in Quebec
By Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

On January 26, the Quebec regulation abolishing medical user fees came into effect, bringing the province in line with federal legislation outlined in the Canada Health Act (CHA).

Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to improve prescription drug safety for seniors Le Canada a besoin d’une stratégie globale pour améliorer la sécurité des médicaments d’ordonnance prescrits aux aînés
By Nicole F. Bernier

Il y a quatre années, à l’âge de 84 ans, mon père a survécu à un accident vasculaire cérébral sévère. L’inconvénient, pour lui qui était autrement d’une forme exceptionnelle, est qu’il doit continuer à prendre, depuis ce moment-là, pas moins de neuf médicaments d’ordonnance par jour.

TAM_CARVERHILL_Medical students are coming to Parliament Hill to lobby for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis Medical students lobby Parliament Hill for upstream solutions to the opioid crisis
By Vivian Tam and Jacqueline Carverhill

A call to the emergency room announced that the ambulance was on its way. Joey, a middle-aged oilfield worker, was experiencing a suspected toxic ingestion of the opioid, fentanyl.

Four-ways-you-could-save-money-on-your-prescription-medications Four ways you could save money on your prescription medications
By Kathleen O'Grady

As Canadians, we are proud of our universal healthcare system, which provides publicly-funded essential doctor and hospital care based on need and not ability to pay. Unfortunately, our health system falls short when it comes to prescription medication.

It's-time-to-change-the-way-we-view-exercise-for-frail-and-critically-ill-patients Exercise is not just for the fit, it helps the frail elderly and critically ill too
By Michelle Kho

Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their ICU stay.

There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky
By Danielle Martin

There’s nothing like an American health care debate to make Canadians feel lucky.

Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction - See more at: http://evidencenetwork.ca/?p=31740&preview=true#sthash.MIaXSLn1.dpuf Rising rates of long-term prescription-opioid use highlight urgent need for treatment options for chronic pain and addiction
By Kate Smolina and Kim Rutherford

Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse.


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