By Karen Born and Wendy Levinson Canadian health care, caring for seniors, Choosing Wisely Canada, healthcare, healthcare systems, long-term care, medications, over-medicated, seniors
Canadians are living longer than ever, and we are also taking more medications than ever before. And this can make us sicker, not healthier. A report released last week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that one in four seniors in Canada are taking 10 or more medications. That’s a total of 1.6 […]
By Paul G. Thomas apology law, Canadian health care, disclosure, health systems, healthcare apology, healthcare error, healthcare providers, litigation, sorry
It’s been a dozen years since healthcare apology laws came to Canada – but do they work? My introduction to the complex and emotional world of adverse events in healthcare occurred in 2001 when I chaired a committee to review an inquest report into the tragic deaths of twelve infants in a paediatric surgery program […]
By Livio Di Matteo Canada, Canada Health Act, Canada Health Transfer, Canadian health care, Canadian medicare, Federal health transfers, Health care costs, Health care costs and spending, healthcare funding, Public health spending
The Canadian fiscal transfer system is relatively simple and designed to address fiscal imbalances arising from economic differences across provinces and territories that are related to per capita income and natural resource endowments.
By Nav Persaud Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare, cost of drugs, cost of pharmaceuticals, essential medicines, health care, Health policy, Pharmacare, pharmacare program, Podcasts, policy
Nav Persaud says a national drug plan would save lives, save money, and encourage better prescribing habits. So what are we waiting for? Nav Persaud is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca, a physician and associate scientist at St Michael’s Hospital and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Interview by Neeta das McMurtry for EvidenceNetwork.ca SaveSave
By Livio Di Matteo access to health care, budgets, Canada, Canada Health Transfer, Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare system, global budgets, Health care costs and spending, Health policy, health promotion
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 […]
By Jacquie Maund and Hazel Stewart Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare system, dental care, Dental health, dentist, emergency room, Health care financing, ontario
Every three minutes, someone visits an Ontario doctor for oral health issues A version of this commentary appeared in the Waterloo Region Record and the Huffington Post 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 […]
By Mariette Chartier and Marni Brownell Canada, Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare system, Choosing wisely, dépression, education, Mental health, mental health strategy, mental illness, poverty, suicide
Mental illness is the most common illness experienced by children and teens in Canada.
By Kathleen O’Grady and Noralou Roos Canada’s healthcare system, Canadian health care, communications, ebook, Health is more than healthcare, Health policy, Health policy journalism, healthcare, social media
An average paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal is read by no more than 10 people, according to Singapore-based academic, Asit Biswas, and Oxford-researcher, Julian Kirchherr, in their controversial commentary, “Prof, no one is reading you,” which went viral last year.
By Livio Di Matteo access to health care, budgets, Canada, Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare system, global budgets, Health care costs and spending, Health policy, health promotion
The recent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending.
By Tara Gomes Canadian health care, Canadian healthcare system, codeine, deprescribing drugs, drugs, Opioid crisis, over-prescribing, overdose, prescription, Prescription opioid crisis, prescription opioids
Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today