Canadian Health

What's Next For Prescription Drug Coverage In Canada?

Wellesley Institute | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Wellesley Institute

Too few Canadians have access to medically necessary prescription drugs. Canada is the only country with a universal health care system that does not include prescription drugs. This has created a paradox where Canadians can see their doctor at no cost but many have no ability to purchase the drugs that they are prescribed and that they need for good health. One in 10 Canadians doesn't take a prescription as directed because of cost.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Prioritizes Trade Over Health

Wellesley Institute | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Business
Wellesley Institute

The TPP court could pose a roadblock for Canada to fulfill its obligations with regard to the right to health, including access to healthcare and the underlying social determinants of health. For example, the TPP could block governments from establishing a national PharmaCare plan that would increase access to prescription drugs but could decrease pharmaceutical companies' profitability.

The Sharing Economy Might Be Making You Sick

Wellesley Institute | Posted 09.20.2015 | Canada Business
Wellesley Institute

The success of Airbnb and Uber -- two of the largest sharing economy platforms -- stems from their ability to offer lower prices for consumers, lower barriers to entry for service providers, work flexibility, and ease of connecting with renters/users. But what's behind the bargains seems to be posing potential health risks for service providers and service users alike. The sharing economy is not generating what would be considered to be "good" jobs.

Canada's Medicare System Aging Badly

CP | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's medicare system is aging badly, a federal panel said Friday. The Advisory Panel on Health Care Innovation has released a new repo...

Canada's Largest Health Research Platform Has Arrived

Shelly Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Shelly Jamieson

Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is a landmark pan-Canadian population health research platform that can be used to explore how genetics, environment, lifestyle and behaviour interact and contribute to the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. Researchers in Canada and around the globe now have access to health and lifestyle surveys and in the future will have the ability to link it to health outcome data and even biological samples like blood and toenail clippings.

What You Need to Know About Canada's Proposed Nutrition Label Changes

Abby Langer | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

For the second time since 2007, Canada's nutrition labels are being revised. While the new labels are an important step in the right direction, I've broken down the good and the bad of what I feel, as a dietitian, are the most important changes on the labels.

Think Tank Calls Court Case 'Serious Threat' To Health Care System

The Huffington Post Canada | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Business

A much-delayed B.C. court case challenging the ban on private health care slated to begin this fall could have widespread implications and impact all ...

Canadians Are #1 For Health Tech

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Living

Comparing the percentage of traffic on health and fitness apps and websites across international borders, a recent study by mobile advertising company...

The Good News About Having A Heart Attack In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Living

More Canadians are surviving heart attacks and stroke than ever before, according to a new report from the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Monday. ...

One Of Deadliest Cancers In Canada Is Preventable

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Ground is being gained on many fronts in the war against cancer, but one of the deadliest — liver cancer — is still on the rise, the Can...

Why Are Canadians Paying Top Dollar for Bargain-Basement Health Care?

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Nadeem Esmail

Canadian taxpayers are not receiving the same sort of value that their counterparts in other nations are when it comes to universally accessible health care. In fact, Canadians spend much more for their health care and receive lower quality care than other countries with universal-access systems.

Most Canadians Have THIS In Their Urine

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A Health Canada study suggests most Canadians have the chemical bisphenol A in their urine and all have traces of lead in their blood.The 20...

Selling Our Health Care to Profit-Seekers Won't Pay Off

Irfan Dhalla | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Irfan Dhalla

Last week, the family that owns Shouldice Hospital announced that it would like to sell its facility to Centric Health, a for-profit company. When it comes to providing complicated medical and surgical care that must be customized for each individual patient, non-profits are generally better. Selling medicare off, piece by piece, to large for-profit companies is the wrong approach.

Canadian Babies Need A Booster At 18 months, Pediatricians Say

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - The Canadian Paediatric Society is calling on all provinces and territories to implement a publicly-funded enhanced well-baby visit for all C...

Health Care Spending Doubles In A Decade

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Health-care costs in Canada doubled over the past decade and will cross the $200 billion mark this year, a report released Thursday reveals....

For First Time, Cancer Leading Cause Of Death Across Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.01.2012 | Canada Living

OTTAWA - A new report says cancer and heart disease were responsible for just over half of Canada's 238,617 deaths in 2008.And Statistics Canada repor...

Why You Love Canada: The Scenery, Dragon's Den And Diversity

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.10.2011 | Canada Living

Thanksgiving a time to pause and be thankful for what we have, whether it's family, friends or the many riches in our lives. Those can include the cou...

Canada: Healthier, Better Sex, Better Place For Women

The Huffington Post Canada | Martha Edwards | Posted 11.26.2011 | Canada Living

"I am Canadian!" is a declaration that any good Canuck will proclaim to those who will listen. After all, we're all convinced that Canada is by far t...