Canada’s refugee health-care program still falls short

Clinics, pharmacies and specialists continue to deny services to refugees and refugee claimants, based on the assumption they’re not covered by IFHP

Canada’s refugee health-care program still falls shortBy Y.Y. Brandon Chen and Vanessa Gruben University of Ottawa OTTAWA, Ont., May 14, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Despite changes to Canada’s refugee health-care program in April 2016, many people still don’t have adequate access to care, according to a series of interviews we conducted recently with refugee service providers in Ottawa. Health care for refugees in Canada is the responsibility…

“Be prepared” is the natural caregiver’s motto

When natural disaster strikes, caregivers need to know the risks, have a plan, a network of support in place, and an emergency kit at hand

“Be prepared” is the natural caregiver’s mottoFamily caregivers are planners extraordinaire. We have to be. Our meal planning, medication management and priority juggling all demand it. But what about planning for events we have absolutely no control over and no way of predicting? Often it takes a disaster to shock us into making emergency plans. Fires, floods, ice storms and tornadoes…

Sustainable pharmacare requires a business-like approach

Out of control spending on Ontario's drug plan could undermine efforts to provide coverage across Canada

Sustainable pharmacare requires a business-like approachBy Colleen M. Flood Director and Bryan Thomas Senior Research Fellow Centre for Health Law Policy and Ethics University of Ottawa Ontario’s proposed pharmacare plan for those aged 25 and under is a welcome start that hopefully leads to universal drug coverage for all Ontarians. The case for universal coverage is overwhelming. It’s scandalous that in 2017, many Canadians die for…

Why Canada needs universal pharmacare and how to make it happen

Prescription drug coverage for all would save lives, save billions of dollars, help businesses – and make our incomplete health system whole

Why Canada needs universal pharmacare and how to make it happenOntario plans to provide a publicly-funded pharmacare system for children and youth in Ontario. It’s a small step in the right direction and, arguably, most important for its symbolism in a national debate. Why just a small step? Because Ontario’s recently-announced plan will provide universal, comprehensive prescription medication coverage to the age group that uses medicines least often.…

No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiver

There are a few basic truths that reveal themselves in almost every story of sudden-onset caregiving. The first is that love remains intact

No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiverFalling into caregiving is a particularly apt descriptor for anyone whose spouse has suffered a stroke or received a cancer diagnosis. The day of a loved one’s serious head injury is the marker for a family life before and after caregiving. A catastrophic event or diagnosis catapults a caregiver into another land – a territory…

Shopping for European health care is not the cure

Selecting features from European systems and pasting them into Canadian medicare will not magically give us a “European” model

Shopping for European health care is not the cureBy Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas The University of Ottawa A legal challenge to Canada's medicare system has given new focus to the much-needed debate about how health service is provided in this country. The Supreme Court of British Columbia is hearing the long-anticipated challenge to the publicly-funded Canadian health system. The plaintiffs – led by…

Five things about autism that everyone should know

Media stories that get it wrong can contribute to how others perceive those with autism – and perpetuate potentially dangerous stereotypes

Five things about autism that everyone should knowToo often, well-meaning journalists get it wrong when they write about autism. It’s not so much the content of their stories that misses the mark as the language they use to describe autism. It can be easy to unintentionally offend – or worse, misrepresent – the autism community they are meant to describe. Why does…

Dear Earls: your beef dilemma is already solved

Canadian cattle producers are justifiably proud of their humane treatment of their animals

Dear Earls: your beef dilemma is already solvedDear Earls, Congratulations on your renewed commitment to sourcing beef from here at home. Canada’s beef-eaters and producers applaud you. The good news is that there is already plenty of beef in Canada to meet your humane treatment requirements. (It’s actually illegal to raise cattle any other way.) The challenge, as you’ve discovered, is in…

Caregivers are Canada’s unsung healthcare heroes

Unpaid, overworked, stressed out and ignored by governments

Caregivers are Canada’s unsung healthcare heroesWe all know one. The person who spends their waking – and working – hours dispensing medicine, providing personal care, doing laundry, preparing meals, arranging schedules and getting their loved one to their medical appointments. They are called caregivers, and their life is no longer their own. So a care aide called in by a…

15 year old caregiver battles stress, financial worries

Mom suffered spinal injury and now fights with the Ontario’s Workplace Safety Insurance Bureau for compensation

15 year old caregiver battles stress, financial worriesSix days before Natasha Davidson turned 11 years old her mother suffered an accident to her spine. Natasha has been her mother’s caregiver ever since. Now, at age 15, she feels guilt, stress, but also a sense of pride in her mother’s fight to be well again. On September 13, 2009, her mother, Dawn-Anne, 46,…
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