There is a complex arrangement of publicly funded drug coverage programs, which creates uneven access to prescription drugs. Each of these models have limitations, particularly for low income earners who do not meet the income thresholds of targeted coverage plans. The universal pharmacare model does not exist in Canada, however, it is widely recognized as […]
Immigrants and refugees often have poor access to health care compared to the general population and lower rates of primary care and mental health care use compared to the Canadian-born population. This literature review summarizes key Canadian evidence in facilitating access to primary and preventive health care for immigrants and refugees. The results highlight the […]
As researchers, we often ask people to share their experiences through interviews, focus groups, and surveys. This think piece draws on existing literature to examine not only whether payment should be used, but how it should be used to ensure that research participants are compensated in a fair and inclusive way.
In response to a lack of clear best practices when it comes to compensation for research participants, Wellesley Institute has conducted research to understand what fair compensation looks like. From this research, we have developed a set of guidelines for REBs and researchers to refer to when reviewing and developing study designs and budgets. Read more […]
Wellesley Institute conducted this survey to understand current payment practices among health researchers in the Greater Toronto Area with the aim of identifying good payment practices for equitable and ethical research.
There have been a number of recent cases of Toronto-area hospitals denying OHIP registration to newborns of parents who do not have permanent resident status. Universal healthcare has been a point of Canadian pride for decades, yet some of our most vulnerable are left without the most basic of coverage, making them susceptible to negative […]
When examining the recent cases of Toronto-area hospitals denying OHIP registration to newborns of parents who do not have permanent resident status, Wellesley Institute wanted to better understand the legal rights around qualifying for newborn health coverage. This think piece examines and unpacks the current legal framework outlining eligibility for newborns and identifies gaps between […]
Climate change is recognized as one of the most significant public health threats of this century. The coming decades will bring higher temperatures, stronger storms, and new patterns of air pollution. These changes will have a significant impact on peoples’ health and well-being. Drawing from examples in the United States and Canada, the discussion will […]
If you are injured in an accident in Ontario, you may face barriers in getting the supports you need. This is because the mix of private and public programs and insurance leads to variation in what you get depending on your income, employment, and how or where you were injured. Our patchwork of coverage falls […]
As part of the Wellesley Institute Thriving in the City suite of work, A Framework for Income and Health in Retirement highlighted the many facets of good health for older adults: eating healthy foods and staying physically active, connecting with family and friends, continuing to learn new skills, contributing to ones’ community, and managing emerging […]