The decision to use computerized order entries will be made at the hospital or regional authority level, but provincial governments can provide incentives, for instance by pairing a subsidy for making the transition to computerized ordering with a reduction in healthcare transfers for regions that fail to take action.
Escalating fuel costs harm the poor disproportionately, acting as a de facto regressive tax. Thus, American families at the median income level pay 5% of each household dollar for energy costs, and families with lower incomes spend 20% of household funds on energy, while households under the poverty line see fully half of their budget spent on gas, heating, and other fuel costs.
Lengthy waits, failure to adapt cause morbidity and mortality.
A new report from FCPP and HCP shows that Ontario is the clear winner at providing consumer friendly healthcare, followed by BC and NB. Manitoba, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland are in a race to the bottom. The best performing provinces are also the most cost-effective.
The federal government has pledged billions of dollars to the provinces to help them deliver better healthcare, and to deliver it faster. So far, this hasn’t happened. Some specific changes can help ensure that health reform budgets aren’t wasted.
Most people, given the choice, would like to live in a neighbourhood that boasts a sense of community. The poor are no different. A stake in one’s own community and a sense of belonging are crucial to generating social capital and good relations between neighbours.
Patients need the power to make choices. When they can do that, wait times will shrink, outcomes will improve and spending will be constrained. Tilting at the straw men of privatization and parallel systems does nothing to advance the debate. We deserve better.
Ontario wants to use the law to stop parents from smoking in front of kids in their cars.
This report defines some concrete steps the Quebec government can take to rise to the challenge. All Canadians interested in the future of our healthcare system should watch carefully to see what components are implemented, and how they fare. The Castonguay report liberates the debate from the orthodoxy of the Canada Health Act and suggests evidence-based changes that have been proven elsewhere. If health ministers elsewhere pay attention, Claude Castonguay may be remembered not only as a father of but also as one of its rescuers.