Ontario Health Care

An OMA-Ministry Deal Won't Fix Ontario Health Care, But This Might

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Brenna Velker

Part of this strategy includes something that makes us all uncomfortable and would make any politician unpopular very quickly if they ever suggested it: patient, government and physician accountability. We all take responsibility for making our health care system sustainable. Seems simple in principle, but what would that really look like?

I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Every corporation in Ontario, whether public or private, that has a sick note policy is taking advantage of you, the taxpayer, by offloading the cost of their policy onto the health care system. You, dear taxpayer, are subsidizing the cost of their business. So, how does one change that?

Confessions Of A Doctor On The Brink Of Burnout

Nadia Alam | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Dread and despair, uncertainty and panic ebb and flow around thoughts of my medical career. Most days clamour with stories of clinics closing, physicians leaving and patients dying on waitlists -- all flatly ignored by provincial leaders. Some days, I even want to quit. After only sx years of independent practice, I'm burning out.

Ontario's Health Minister Is A Master Of Misdirection

Nadia Alam | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

We need health-care reform. To do that, we need an honest conversation between patients, government and front-line workers about what can be covered, what should be covered and what must be covered. We can't have it all. So we need to talk about what we all can have. To get there, doctors must be part of the conversation.

Improving Ontario's Health Care System For Patients And Physicians

Dr. Eric Hoskins | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada
Dr. Eric Hoskins

As Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, it is my responsibility to ensure that we have a health care system that delivers the best possible care for all patients. This means putting the needs of patients first and foremost with each and every decision I make. It means providing patients with faster access to care today, and building a sustainable system that will be there for patients and their families in the future.

A Good Budget Can Offer A Blueprint For Our Health

Wellesley Institute | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Wellesley Institute

Our health is shaped by where we live, grow, play and work. When you think about it, budgets are really a blueprint for our health. A good budget is one that provides opportunities for good health for all Ontarians, and this budget moves us in the right direction on postsecondary education and climate change.

5 Things To Know About The New Ontario Budget

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

College and university students from low-income families stand to benefit the most from the Liberal government's fiscal plan.

It's Time To Eliminate Ontario's Costly And Ineffective LHINs

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In times of restraint like these, Health Minister Hoskins and Premier Wynne need to stop spending money on organizations like LHINs that have served no useful purpose for the general public in over 10 years of existence. The funds need to be re-dedicated to front-line health care so that we can address the growing needs of the populace.

Ontario Cutting Hospital Parking Fees (Finally)

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Living

It's a shift from "parking-centred health care" to "patient-centred health care."

How Important Is Patient Satisfaction In Health Care?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

One of the benchmarks that Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins would like to study is patient satisfaction. There are various metrics that he's proposed, including ability to access family physicians within 48 hours, and of course how satisfied patients are with their care. This is all part of wanting health care to be more "patient centred." One would think that if you have a better health-care outcome, you're going to have more satisfied patients. Somewhat surprisingly, however, real world data around this very topic shows that the opposite, is in fact, true.

Why Now Is A Good Time To See An Eye Doctor

Dr. Jeff Goodhew | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Jeff Goodhew

Aside from having healthy eyes and good vision, optometrists play a vital role in your overall health care. Most people don't know that as optometrists, we can identify other health conditions early such as diabetes, elevated cholesterol, MS and high blood pressure, which can often be first detected through an eye exam.

Ontarians Waiting Up To A Year For Home-Care Assessments: AG Report

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics

The watchdog highlighted one case where it took 52 days for just a phone assessment.

Physician Pay Cuts Are Closing Clinics Right Now

Nadia Alam | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Nadia Alam

Hoskins blindly insists that the recent cuts to physician pay do not impact patient care. And all around him clinics close, doctors leave and patients suffer. If physicians are so wildly rich, how is it that their profit margins are so narrow that a mere seven per cent cut is closing clinic doors?

Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Are Starting To Affect Vulnerable Patients

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

Wynne and Hoskins are simply referring to this as a "modest reduction" in physician income. People like myself, who warned that it's actually some of the targeted fee reductions that will cause more harm, were told we were fear mongering. Unfortunately, it appears that I was right, and the harm to the residents of Ontario is only beginning.

Ontario Is The Worst Place To See Doctors Quickly

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

Only 44% of residents can get a same-day or next-day appointment.

Ontario Family Doctors Are Some Of The Hardest To See Quickly: Report

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada

Surprised?

Ontario To Address 'Bizarre Catch-22' For Patients With Rare Diseases

CP | Keith Leslie | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics

When no Ontario specialist can be found, patients must travel to the U.S. where they can be ruined by million-dollar medical bills.

Ontario NDP: Liberals Want To Paint Doctors As 'Money Hungry'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics

The opposition parties accuse the Ontario government of needlessly picking a fight with doctors.

The Ontario Health Minister's Math Doesn't Add Up

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Health Minister Eric Hoskins is correct to some extent: Ontario physicians are paid more today than they were a decade ago -- but to what extent is unclear. What evidence is there that proves we got a 61 per cent raise? I find it suspect that nobody can reproduce this number.

We Must End the Silence Surrounding Hospital Suicides

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

In Canada, it's not clear to what extent inpatient suicides, or unsuccessful attempts that lead to disability, are considered "never events" by healthcare decision makers, or who is keeping track of them for that matter. The fact is there is a wall of secrecy that surrounds hospital suicide and attempts at self-harm in Canada.

Ontario Union Speaks Out Against 'Vaccine Or Mask' Policy

CP | Keith Leslie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

"They were basically coercing and shaming nurses..."

Ontario And Alberta Split Tab For Woman Who Went Into Early Labour

CP | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Alberta

Alberta's Ministry of Health confirmed the two provinces had come to an agreement so Amy Savill would not have to pay thousands of dollars.

Ontario Defends Medical Residency Cuts Amid Doctor Shortage

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics

Health Minister Eric Hoskins is defending the Ontario government's decision to eliminate 50 medical residency positions when hundreds of thousands of people don't have a family doctor.

Funds Raised For Alberta Single Mom Stuck With Huge Air Ambulance Costs

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 08.08.2015 | Canada Alberta

Amy Savill went into labour two months early while vacationing with her family in northern Ontario.

Ontario Health Workers To Head Back To Work

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Three-thousand striking community health workers will return to work on Tuesday after the two sides agreed to arbitration.The members of the...