Healthcare

Big change takes big courage

Big change takes big courage

New way to pay hospitals offers lessons on change management   If there’s one thing provincial governments across Canada can agree on, it’s that the status quo in health care is no longer good enough to deliver equitable access to high quality care in a cost-efficient manner.  Ontario’s Ministry of Health under the previous government […]

Ontario emergency room visits remain high

Ontario emergency room visits remain high

Canadians have the highest rates of emergency room visits among high income countries   You’re getting home after a long day at work and the cough that has been bugging you just doesn’t seem to be letting up. Your muscles ache, you’ve got chills and you hear a slight wheeze when you breathe out. What […]

Accounting for pain beyond opioids

Accounting for pain beyond opioids

It’s time to change what we measure when funding healthcare   The prestigious Canadian Academy of Health Sciences annual meeting last week in Vancouver focused on chronic pain, and of course, the current catastrophe of opioid deaths was discussed.  But most of the discussion was broader: What are the biological mechanisms underlying chronic pain? What […]

Breaking down barriers for Canadians with disability

Breaking down barriers for Canadians with disability

It’s time to look beyond the CRA Breaking Down Barriers is the galvanising theme of a recent report from the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology that outlines urgently-needed recommendations to improve access to underutilised federal disability supports: the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). Some of our […]

An Open Letter to Premier Ford and Minister MacLeod on Basic Income

An Open Letter to Premier Ford and Minister MacLeod on Basic Income

We, collectively, represent the principal investigators, research teams and stakeholder groups behind several distinct basic income experiments underway in Finland, Scotland, the Netherlands, the USA, Spain, Kenya and India. We profoundly regret that you chose to cancel the Ontario Basic Income Guarantee Experiment prematurely. Each of our experimental designs is somewhat different, reflecting our own […]

Medically assisted dying cases need review

Medically assisted dying cases need review

In the early days of Canada’s public conversation about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), Dr. Jeff Blackmer, then Vice-President of the Canadian Medical Association, expressed the gravitas of the policy choices that lay ahead as “no less than a sea change” to the ethos and culture of the medical profession. That was in 2016, after […]

Hospital-acquired delirium is common

Hospital-acquired delirium is common

Since intensive care units (ICU) were created in hospitals more than a half a century ago, there has been a steady decline in death rates for individuals who are critically ill and require life support. That’s significant and meaningful progress, and it’s thanks to the pioneering work of many doctors, nurses and researchers who have […]

Neighbourhoods influence our health

Neighbourhoods influence our health

Why doctors and urban planners need to work together to improve public health and prevent chronic disease Since John Snow mapped out the large cholera outbreak in 1854 to where people lived in London, it has been known that where we live, work and play strongly influences people’s health. The way that our cities and towns […]

Our health system fails the elderly

Our health system fails the elderly

Solving long hospital wait times requires a fundamental shift in the way we care for the elderly Hospital overcrowding is not a new issue. Limited bed spaces have plagued Ontario hospitals for years and are increasingly straining our system. Not only are long wait times become a shameful expectation when patients arrive in the emergency […]

The dawning of a new age for persons with disabilities

The dawning of a new age for persons with disabilities

The recently proposed Accessible Canada Act and the just released Senate report on essential fixes for Revenue Canada concerning the disability tax credit, Breaking Down Barriers are stellar achievements for advocates with disabilities and the receptive politicians and public servants who listened. If both are implemented, they will remove the physical, social and financial barriers […]

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