Danyaal Raza
Danyaal is a physician with the Department of Family & Community Medicine of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. His writing, research and teaching focuses on the social determinants of health in both health policy and the delivery of health care. Additional writing can be found at danyaalraza.ca.

Entries by Danyaal Raza

Extreme Heat Consequences Of Climate Change Hurt Public Health

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 5:00 PM

This week, Canadian physicians are gathering for the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Often called Canada's "Parliament of Medicine," one of the meeting's strategic sessions is zeroing in on the health consequences of climate change.

Slated to start with a keynote address from Dr. James Orbinski,...

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Safe And Affordable Housing Is A Health Issue

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 5:53 PM

When you're feeling unwell, whether from a minor cold or a devastating terminal illness, the feeling of home, the desire for a safe and comfortable place to rest and recuperate, is a universal one. But what if your home itself is a source of stress and illness? Worse yet, what...

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Canada Needs Policies Ensuring Sick Days For Workers

(7) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 10:29 AM

A food handler going to work with a cough, a parent sending their sick child to school or an emergency room nurse making snap decisions through the fog of a flu. It doesn't take a medical degree to appreciate the counterproductive consequences of these decisions, yet...

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We Need Trudeau To Prioritize Pharmaceutical Drug Coverage

(9) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 4:16 PM

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

Congratulations on becoming Canada's 23rd prime minister.

Over the course of the election campaign and in the weeks following your victory, there have been many important discussions about Canadian identity and our core values. Among the values that Canadians most support in poll after...

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Canada Needs To Adopt a 'Health In All Policies' Approach

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:04 PM

When counseling patients on health, physicians often focus on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise or smoking. This kind of advice can be important for the individual, but does little to change underlying drivers of health like income, education and employment. These factors are the ones that have...

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In Canada, Wealth Still Equals Health

(32) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 7:00 AM

The gap between rich and poor in Canada is growing.

Organizations across the country, from the Conference Board of Canada to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives have recognized the rise of income inequality in Canada. For some, this concentration of wealth is an unremarkable...

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What Ontario's Next Premier Needs to Tackle

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 4:37 PM

In November of 2010, the Ontario government announced a review of the province's social assistance system. Health providers took note. After listening to story after story of the challenges faced by our patients who live under a degrading and inadequate welfare regime, many of us held out hope that a...

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