Ontario Health Care

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


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...

What Ontario's Budget Should Look Like

Sean Speer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

On May 1 Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will stand in the provincial legislature to deliver this year's budget speech. Imagine if Sousa were to surprise us all and take a different track -- one that sets out a new agenda to return Ontario to its historical position as the economic engine of the country.

‘Breaking Bad' Gets Hospital CEO Thinking..

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Watching "Breaking Bad" — the hit TV show about a teacher who turned to cooking meth to help pay for his cancer treatments — got David M...

Why Chronic Health Care Is the Challenge of Our Century

Tim Hudak | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Hudak

Health care in Ontario today has tremendous strengths, none greater than the dedicated and highly trained nurses, doctors, pharmacists, home care workers and other professionals who devote their lives to delivering care. But at the same time, we face important challenges.

Ontario Doctors' Deal With Province Cuts Costs, Changes Services

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario doctors have endorsed a new deal with the province that will see some services scaled back and others modernized in order to find sa...

Which Disease Scares Ontarians The Most?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Living

Halloween may be over, but Ontarians seem to fear some health issues all year round. According to a recent poll conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf ...

When Is a Mentally Ill Child Ready for Adult Treatment?

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.06.2012 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

I have been a client using the services of adolescent mental health clinics and adult mental health clinics. In Ontario, it's being suggested that there is a disconnect between youth who are transitioning from an adolescent clinic to an adult clinic because for somebody emotionally fragile, this prospect can be extremely frightening.

Dear Ontario, Get Ready To Pay For More Health Services

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Caesarean sections could be one of the services delisted from medicare by the Ontario government as it looks to cut costs and trim a $16-bil...

Ont. Liberal Calls Conservative Health Plan 'Nonsense'

CBC | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada Politics

Ontario's Liberal government will make it clear to voters that it's the federal Conservatives who are forcing cuts to health services, Fin...