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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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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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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Can a basket of supports help to avoid poor health for people on social assistance?

My last blog about reforming social assistance in Ontario talked about building the vision of a health-enabling social assistance system. This was the cornerstone of our submission to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario, for which we partnered with health leaders …

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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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One size user fees don’t fit all

Today’s edition of the Globe and Mail reports about community anger about new user fees for the use of Toronto’s municipal playing fields. The health promoting benefits of staying fit and active are well-established, but one-size-fits-all user fees can mean that people with low incomes …

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