Changing behaviour is only one aim of carbon taxes

A carbon tax used to subsidize alternate energy sources will accelerate the transition away from fossil fuel dependence

Changing behaviour is only one aim of carbon taxesPricing carbon is about much more than getting people to drive less. It’s also about generating the money we need to accelerate the process of getting our economy off fossil fuels and onto renewables. If a nationwide price on carbon is going to be successful, getting this part right is crucial. Our whole economic system…

Tear down the ‘welfare wall’ for persons with disabilities

A federal disability benefit could be modelled on the GIS for seniors. We should dismantle welfare and replace it with more adequate, dignified income supports

Tear down the ‘welfare wall’ for persons with disabilitiesThe talk of walls between nations garners significant attention. There’s virtually no discussion, by contrast, of the walls within nations. In Canada, a particularly high ‘welfare wall’ keeps people out of mainstream of society. A recent study for the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy shows how this welfare wall traps hundreds of thousands…

Making sense of health funding dollars and cents

There are provincial winners and losers in the changing world of the Canada Health Transfer and the future could hold even larger discrepancies in funding

Making sense of health funding dollars and centsThe last few years have seen dramatic changes to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), which in 2017-18 will total $37.150 billion – no small figure. Former prime minister Stephen Harper initiated a full per-capita funding formula without a tax-point equalizing adjustment in 2014-15 – basically a top-down policy change. Harper continued with the six per…

Change the way we view exercise for frail and critically ill patients

In-bed cycling in intensive care units improves patient health and has the potential to save significant money

HAMILTON, Ont. Feb. 3, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their stay. These exciting findings come from an in-bed cycle program that aims to get hospital patients – even in ICU – pedalling as soon as possible, so they're functioning better by the…

Why U.S. doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare

And why a B.C. court case challenging our single-payer health system threatens to ramp up Canadian costs and decrease accessibility of care

Why U.S. doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicareBURNABY, B.C. May 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In a dramatic show of support for deep health-care reform in the U.S, more than 2,200 physician leaders are calling for sweeping change. Their proposal [popup url="http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303157" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]published[/popup] in the May 5 American Journal of Public Health calls for the creation of a publicly-financed, single-payer national health program to cover…

Canada facing an epidemic of overdiagnosis and overtreatment

Patients need to be empowered to ask about the risks caused by some tests and treatments, and whether they are really necessary

Canada facing an epidemic of overdiagnosis and overtreatmentTORONTO, Ont. May 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ - If you knew that virtually the entire medical community was talking about an issue causing risk and harm to patients across the country, wouldn’t you want to know what it is and take part in the conversation? What if I told you that almost one-third of medical…

A guaranteed annual income would improve health and reduce poverty

Offering a guaranteed annual income to reduce poverty and improve health is once again on the political radar

WINNIPEG, Man. / Troy Media/ - Offering a guaranteed annual income to reduce poverty and improve health is not a new idea in Canada, but it is once again on the political radar.  Dr. Evelyn Forget and Dr. Danielle Martin explain why Canada should consider implementing a basic income. Professor Evelyn Forget is a health…

Advanced directives for assisted-dying a dangerous step

The ‘quick and efficient’ decision of the parliamentary committee on assisted dying not in the best interest of the patient

Advanced directives for assisted-dying a dangerous stepFinal part of our [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/assisted-suicide/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]series[/popup] WINNIPEG, Man. April 7, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The moment we are born, our lives take flight; and the longer we are airborne, the greater the chance of encountering turbulence along the way. While every flight is destined to land, some landings are harder to contemplate than others.…

Trudeau government needs to start enforcing Canada Health Act

Violations of the Canada Health Act are on the rise across the country and undermine the universality of medicare

Trudeau government needs to start enforcing Canada Health ActSASKATOON, Sask. April 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Extra-billing in Ontario, private MRIs in Saskatchewan and user fees in Quebec: violations of the Canada Health Act are on the rise across the country. Canadian doctors are concerned about this trend's impact on patients and on our public health-care system. Health Canada publishes an annual report detailing how…

Assisted suicide roll out fraught with peril

The second of a three-part series on assisted suicide

Assisted suicide roll out fraught with peril[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/assisted-suicide/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Second of our 3 part series[/popup] WINNIPEG, Man. April 1, 2016/Troy Media/ - On June 6, the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision making physician-hastened death legal will come into effect. Canada’s health system is not nearly prepared. A parliamentary committee asked to help the government plot how that would roll out…
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