Why Toronto’s rich and poor are hospitalized for different reasons, and what we can do about this

Earlier this week, the Centre for Research on Inner City Health released a report linking patient incomes to types of admissions to hospitals in the Toronto Central LHIN. The report found that people with low and high incomes in Toronto are hospitalized for different reasons: …

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Reforming social assistance in Ontario: progress so far and an update

Recently, the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario announced that their report would be delayed until September. Since submitting our formal responses– one on how to build a social assistance system that enables health equity and the other a response to the …

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Wellesley Institute response to the Ontario Social Assistance Review

UPDATE: Read our response here.   In 2010, the provincial government established the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Commissioners Francis Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. The Commission’s task was to recommend reforms to social assistance benefit structures, expectations of …

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Reviewing Social Assistance in Ontario

In 2010, the province the established Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, led by Commissioners Francis Lankin and Munir A. Sheikh. The Commission’s Terms of Reference are to: Establish an appropriate benefit structure that reduces barriers and supports people’s transition into, and …

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When do we talk about health? Ontario’s option paper needs to build a stronger vision of a health-enabling social assistance system

Today the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its much anticipated options paper. The paper sets out some interesting ideas and poses some challenging questions that will help to shape the debate around social assistance in the coming months. In our …

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Important progress toward a health-enabling social assistance system, but more work is required

The release today of the final report of the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario recommends a number of important steps toward improving the health of people on social assistance. Increasing rates Most significantly, the Commission recommended an immediate increase of $100 …

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How the Social Assistance System Causes Poor Health

Income and health are inextricably linked. It is well documented that people with low income more likely to have poor health, whether measured by self-reported health, mental health, prevalence of chronic conditions, or many other indicators. In Ontario: Over three times as many people in …

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Misdiagnosis: Drummond’s Health Care Prescription Misses Equity

The Drummond Report’s emphasis on reform and innovation in the way health care is organized and delivered is vital. The objectives of long-term planning, a shift to home and community care, prevention, and integration of health services are right on the mark. But a huge …

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How much OLG money is enough to harm the health and well-being of Torontonians?

News emerged today that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is promising a special deal to provide Toronto with a larger slice of the proceeds if a casino is built in the city. The OLG figures suggest that Toronto would receive somewhere in the range …

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PhDs for Fair Taxation? Sign Me Up

A group of leading community medicine and public health doctors have founded Doctors for Fair Taxation. They argue that physicians have become increasingly concerned about growing income inequality after seeing the consequences of poor and inequitable health daily in their practices. The response has been …

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