Gary Bloch

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Poverty Is The Expensive Root Of Many Illnesses In Canada

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2016 | 4:47 AM

As a family doctor who works largely with people living on low incomes, poverty is at the root of many of the illnesses I treat. And, a dozen or so years into my career, my workload shows no sign of easing up. A shortsighted perspective would say: "good for me."

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Filing Taxes Can Help Low-Income Canadians Escape Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 1:55 PM

Most Canadians would like to see an end to poverty. What if we told you that one organization, using the existing social benefits system, found a way to get $21 million into the pockets of 9,000 low-income individuals in Winnipeg? This is not Robin Hood and his gang -- it's...

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Doctors Can Help Cure Poverty Without Leaving The Office

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Can a question asked in a doctor's office contribute to ending poverty for patients and their families? This is what we asked ourselves 10 years ago, as we set out to convince health providers to tackle poverty.

There were two factors that pushed us into this work. First,

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Why All Doctors Should Prescribe Tax Returns

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 8:20 AM

Tax season is upon us and my practice is humming. I am not an accountant, I am a family doctor. My patients are not bank executives, they are largely people who live in poverty, many who are homeless and on social assistance. Yet I have set out to remind my...

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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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A Healthier Society Starts With Income Equality

(10) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Tom, 46 years old and a skilled carpenter, came into my office the other day. He has not worked for the last eight years since he hurt his back in a car accident. He is often depressed and spends days at home, sometimes without leaving his bed. He used up...

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