OPSEU Diablogue: Jumping into the fire

The last few days appear to suggest the brave new world of health reform is not unfolding as it theoretically should. The news is all around us: another violent death in a nursing home; another frail senior discharged early from … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Social Determinants: Poll indicates widespread support for indexing minimum wage

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce likely surprised everyone when they suggested in September the best way to adjust the minimum wage is to automatically link it to the cost of living. Many anti-poverty groups have been advocating for such a … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Scarborough: The first and last VP of Patient Experience

John Wright, The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) former CEO once proudly told staff that they were among the first in Canada to have a Vice-President of Patient Experience. While there is much rhetoric around patient-centered care, it appears the Scarborough Hospital … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Social Determinants: Where did 55,000 Ontario households go?

What happened to 55,000 low-income rental households in Ontario? Between the late 1990s and the early 2000s they simply disappeared from the census. A new report from the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada suggests … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: CPP reform: Pensions and population health objectives should be linked

There are two accepted axioms in health care: 1. The older you get, the more health care you use. 2. Wealth is closely linked to health, or what policy wonks like to talk about as the “social determinants of health.” … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Economic downturn taking toll on health of Canadians – CMA report card

The economic downturn is taking a toll on the health of Canadians according to the Canadian Medical Association’s annual report card. The report card represents a poll of Canadians conducted in July by Ipsos Read Public Affairs. According to the … Continue reading →

The Progressive Economics Forum: To address health inequalities, look beyond the role of individual responsibility

A new report by the Canadian Medical Association provides a timely reminder that money buys better health, even in a country with a universal public healthcare system. A poll commissioned by the CMA found a large and increasing gap between the health status of  Canadians in lower income groups (household income less than $30,000) and ...