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Ontario Tory Seeks To Cap 'Death Tax'

TORONTO — Members of the Ontario legislature will vote today on a private member's bill that would put a cap of $3,250 on the province's estate administration tax. Progressive Conservative Monte McNau...
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Flaherty Betrayed Ontario: Minister

TORONTO - The federal Conservatives have betrayed Canada's most populous province by breaking their promise over health-care funding, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews charged Tuesday.The Harper To...
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Hospitals Can Use Your Tax Dollars to Shut You Up

One of the great unreported stories of the Canadian healthcare system is the avidity of hospitals to use limited taxpayer funds to hire lawyers, with the acquiescence of political leaders, in an effort to evade accountability or to silence families and others who raise inconvenient questions.
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Health Canada, Stop Rewarding Companies for Worsening the Opioid Addiction Problem

We support generic pharmaceutical products in this country, but in the case of oxycodone generic, and now a generic treatment for opioid addiction by a company who is one of the biggest producers and marketers of prescription pain killers in the country, we can't help but think that patients and physicians are getting played by their governments, and at a huge human cost.
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$2 Million Ornge Bonuses

TORONTO - The governing Liberals defended Ontario's troubled air ambulance service Tuesday for awarding nearly $2 million in bonuses to staff after promising last year to cancel them.NDP Leader Andrea...
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What, Me Worry?

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne dismissed suggestions Tuesday that the Liberals' chances of winning the next election have dimmed now that veteran campaign mastermind Greg Sorbara is stepping down.Wy...
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Let's Talk Solutions, Not Politics, for OxyContin Addiction

For weeks now, Ontario's Minister of Health, Deb Matthews, has been trading barbs with federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, over whether or not she should intervene in Health Canada's decision to approve the generic version of the painkiller oxycodone. As this debate plays out and the attention starts to focus on the intergovernmental conflict instead of the important public health debate, we must not lose sight of three simple facts.
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For-Profit Health Care Treats Shareholders First

This past week, a small family-owned medical facility just outside Toronto, the Shouldice Hospital, catapulted to the centre of the public-private debate in Canadian health care. Centric Health -- a publicly traded company under American control -- has placed a bid to acquire Shouldice for over 14-million dollars. Frustration with our current health system and the visceral reaction to contract it out is understandable. But for-profit hospital and provider arrangements are accountable first to their shareholders, second to patients and taxpayers.

What Would Happen if We Froze Doctors' Pay?

The Ontario government has promised to reduce its $16-billion deficit substantially over the next few years, and tackling health-care cost growth has to be part of the solution.In response, the Canadian Medical Association has speculated that doctors may move to jurisdictions where physician earnings are on the rise, and that wait times in Ontario may increase as a result of the cuts.
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Not All Self-Referring Docs Are Greedy

Some evidence suggests that about one-third of the tests doctors order are unnecessary -- and doctors make a pretty penny on those tests. Recently the Ontario government announced that it is reducing OHIP fees by 50 per cent in situations where self-referral has occurred. The government has good reason to be interested in this issue, but cutting fees for self-referral isn't the answer.
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Air Ambulance CEO Removed

TORONTO - Two top officials have been formally removed from their positions at Ontario's air ambulance service.A statement from Ornge says Chris Mazza, president and CEO, and Maria Renzella, the chief...
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The McGuinty Shuffle: Who's In

TORONTO - The minority Liberals will unveil a leaner cabinet Thursday with no new faces as Premier Dalton McGuinty sticks to his election mantra that uncertain economic times require a steady hand at...