Does Ontario have enough doctors? This question may have a surprising answer for some: yes, we may have enough doctors. How is this possible when many don’t have a doctor or wait days, weeks or even months for a medical appointment? We have more doctors than ever before, but many aren’t located where we need […]
A version of this commentary appeared in the Hill Times, Huffington Post, and the Canadian Healthcare Network The last few years have seen some dramatic changes to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), which in 2017-18 will total $37.150 billion — no small figure. The Harper era saw the move to a full per capita funding formula without […]
Recently, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) celebrated the fact that the average lifespan of Canadians has increased by more than 30 years since the early 1900s. That’s something we can all celebrate.
As the population ages, there is a growing belief that a tsunami of elderly patients will bankrupt the healthcare system, but evidence shows that this is a misconception.
As the population ages, experts say that the current institutional model of care needs to change to better support aging patients.
The recent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending.
Can filing taxes be a treatment for poverty? Here’s how doctors are helping their low-income patients
While the link between poverty and poor health outcomes is well established, experts say that many health care providers feel unequipped to intervene. Nancy McPherson, a Population Health Analyst, says that one solution is for health practitioners to diagnose and treat poverty, like any other physical condition. An immediate step is to encourage patients to […]
Investing in social programs improves social conditions and, as a consequence, improves people’s lives. That’s fairly obvious. What hasn’t always been as obvious, however, is that such social spending doesn’t tend to come at the cost of economic growth.
A version of this podcast appeared in the Huffington Post In a recent UNICEF report, Canada ranked in the bottom half of the world’s richest countries in overall child well-being and child equality. Experts say that a lack of access to healthcare and inadequate support for parents are reasons why Canada lags behind. Dr. Denis Daneman from the […]
In a dramatic show of physician support for deep health care reform in the U.S, more than 2,200 physician leaders have signed a “Physician’s Proposal” calling for sweeping change.