With the recent federal commitment to increase mental health funding across Canada, we need to turn our attention toward a group of individuals who are currently invisible within Canada’s mental health system – a group that has some of the greatest needs for mental health services and supports, yet is rarely acknowledged or targeted in mental health efforts.
Those of you who read The Lord of the Flies likely remember when the character, Piggy, broke the glasses of the most vulnerable kid in the group and pushed him to his death.
If you follow health tips in the media, you’d think the nutritional sciences are a mess: Is butter good for you or is it bad? Should I eat breakfast or skip it? Should I eat like a caveman? Or maybe should I eat more like a bird?
Organizations advocating for family caregivers are hoping our Prime Minister will soon issue a proclamation recognizing family caregivers and establish a National Caregiver Day (the First Tuesday in April).
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.
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.
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.
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).
Each year, there are at least one million unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures done in Canadian health care settings. This means that hundreds of thousands of Canadians are exposed to potential harm by unnecessary care.
April is oral health month in Canada. Ads remind us to book an appointment with our dentist for a regular dental exam and to get our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. But in Canada’s private dental care system, you have to pay to access both of these oral health services.
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