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Building better health care: Policy opportunities for Ontario

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The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity finds that, overall, Ontario could get better value for money from its health care spending. Ontario is among the jurisdictions with the highest total per capita health care spending in the OECD, with spending 33 percent above the OECD average. Yet despite exceptional resources, Ontario falls short when comparing the province’s overall health care performance to that of international peers. Countries that spend less on health care have comparable or better health care outcomes, higher quality care, and more extensive public coverage than Ontario.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2014

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Canadians have indicated that waiting too long for care is the largest barrier to accessing health services.1 As a result, policy-makers made reducing wait times and improving access to care a high priority in Canada. It has been a decade since the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care i of 2004 established strategic investments in five priority clinical areas: cancer, heart, diagnostic imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration.2, 3 As part of the plan, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) was asked to report on progress across the country. After 10 years, much has changed.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Late-life depression - Baycrest: Innovations in Aging

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Depression is an illness that people can develop in late life because of the challenges we all face such as: *Loss of loved-ones *Financial stress *Physical illness *Increased isolation *Having to move But, just because change is difficult, it does not mean you need to live your life feeling sad or depressed. Many older adults enjoy a good quality of life and are living happy lives.
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Baycrest: Innovations in Aging

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Headquartered on a 22-acre campus in Ontario and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is the global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health. Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging patients, one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Choosing Wisely Canada

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Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care. Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures do not add value to care. In fact, they take away from care by potentially exposing patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives and contributing to stress and avoidable costs for patients. And of course unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures put increased strain on the resources of our health care system.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Canadian Rx Atlas (3rd edition)

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The 3rd edition of The Canadian Rx Atlas breaks down retail spending on prescription drugs Canada, providing a detailed portrait of the factors driving spending trends over time and variations across provinces. The Atlas gives a first-ever portrait of age- and sex-specific patterns of prescription drug use and costs across provinces. It also provides first-of-kind estimates of the source of financing for the prescriptions filled in every province. Unique to the Canadian Rx Atlas, these details are not provided simply for all spending on prescription drugs; it also provides these details for each of 33 clinically and economically important therapeutic categories.
Friday, February 28, 2014

NursingHomeRatings.ca

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At NursingHomeRatings.ca we ask residents’ family members to rate the nursing home where their loved one is staying. You can read nursing homes’ average ratings on a series of questions, and read comments and opinions of the home. Read about, and compare, all the homes you are considering so that you can be confident about your decision.
Monday, January 27, 2014

Fightflu.ca

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Fightflu.ca is brought to you by your federal, provincial and territorial governments to help you and your family stay healthy and prevent the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases. Through this website, you can have access not only to general information related to influenza, but also to information and resources specific to your province or territory. This pan-Canadian portal represents a unique approach by all levels of government to provide Canadians with a single source of credible information that will help them to protect themselves not only from seasonal flu, but also from a host of other infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza. Within the portal, you will find general information about influenza and how it spreads, along with simple tips to prevent infection, such as: Getting a flu shot; Handwashing; Covering coughs and sneezes; Keeping shared surfaces clean; and Staying home when sick.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dr. Mike's Health Whiteboards

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Short evidence-based health videos that cut through the crap and give common-sense advice via a YouTube Channel.
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Health care in Canada: What makes us sick? Canadian Medical Association Town Hall Report | July 2013

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Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) conducted wide-ranging consultations to gather input on Canadians’ views on the social determinants of health. Public town hall meetings were held in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Charlottetown, Calgary, Montréal and St. John’s and were accompanied by an online consultation at www.healthcaretransformation.ca. The process was framed around four questions aimed at determining what factors beyond the health care system influence health, what initiatives offset the negative impact of these determinants, what governments and health care providers should be doing to address these social determinants, and how equal access for all to the health care system can be achieved.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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