‘Wealth equals health’: Canada’s doctors warn of growing health inequalities

Rising inequalities mean that Canada’s much loved national health care system is increasingly failing in its fundamental goal of good health for all, reports the Canadian Medical Association, which has launched a national conference in Whitehorse. “There are real inequalities around the country,” says CMA …

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Review of Social Assistance in Ontario: Health & Health Equity Overview

In 2010, the province of Ontario established the 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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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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Wilkinson says that equality is still better for everyone, and it’s time to act

Many of us today at the Wellesley Institute were fortunate to catch Richard Wilkinson’s lecture, courtesy of MASS LBP and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. It reminded us of several things, including why the project of solving income …

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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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Building a Social Assistance System that Enables Good Health for All: Start from a Powerful Vision

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been blogging about the submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario that the Wellesley Institute wrote as part of a collaboration of health leaders.  So far, I’ve blogged about the submission itself and …

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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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Work and Health: Building Assets

The idea of building assets is something that we typically associate with our financial well-being. But a new report from the Health Action Partnership International and the Government of Scotland highlights the connections between “health assets,” work, and health. The report, Working for Equity in …

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