Canadians are living longer, with current life expectancy now averaging 81. Statistics Canada reports that last year 750,000 Canadians were in their 80s and 305,000 in their 90s, with women significantly outnumbering men in both categories. (Of the 305,000 nonagenarians, more than 200,000 are female.) But StatsCan can’t measure the well-being of these senior citizens. One of its recent studies found that the health of most Canadians starts to deteriorate at the age of 69, but the extent and cause of that decline varies considerably at the individual level and is not measureable. Obviously, it depends on the different internal and external determinants of health that affect each of us, and whether we can exert any control over them. People who choose a self-indulgent and dissolute lifestyle can shorten their life-spans to 70 or much sooner. But even when we eat nutritious food, exercise, and do our best to nurture…
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Jimmy Kimmel deplores “pay-or-die” health care system in U.S., but coverage in Canada lacking, too.
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Does an outgoing regime, in its dying days, have the right to forfeit our collective future?
Groups lobbying in St. John’s this week say provinces will lose $36 billion in federal health care funding over next decade if premiers don’t pressure the Harper Government to renegotiate a new Health Accord, and that the lack of Medicare support could push Canada to a two-tiered system.
As part of a broader privatization agenda, Stephen Harper and the federal Conservatives have stealthily cut $36 billion in federal funding for health care. On Monday people gathered in St. John’s to discuss the implications for NL, and how to fight back.
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Failure to renew the Canada Health Accord threatens us all. This province needs to join others in speaking out.
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“I think the minister is denying the fact that we do have a mess and when I say that it’s not my word people inside the health care system are continually saying to me: our health care system is a mess,” said NDP Lorraine Michael during yesterday’s debate on the health care system. Michael, who believes there are major problems with our system, is calling for a full independent review of it. Health Minister Jerome Kennedy says an independent review would inevitably lead to recommendations that rural services should be cut. “There was an external review done in 2004 and if we had followed the recommendations at that time then there would be no rural health care left,” said Kennedy. “I really don’t know why Ms. Michael believes a review today would be any different … They’ll try to streamline and create efficiencies,” he said. “I can predict that that’s…
VOCM is reporting that the Department of Health is currently in the process of developing a Signing Bonus Provincial Policy to help standardize and bring consistency to the recruitment of physicians across the province. Health Minister Jerome Kennedy said that different health authorities offering different bonus packages was a strategy that had to end, and that if there’s a hard-to-fill position, regional authorities are now being told to approach the Department for approval. Kennedy noted that all signing bonuses offered up to recently are being honoured. Source: VOCM
A 2004 health accord agreement which took 4 years to hammer out expires in just 3 years, and now Canada’s doctors at the Canadian Medical Association’s meetings in St. John’s are calling on the federal government to start negotiating a new deal. The 2004 agreement between the provinces and Ottawa set universal goals, including reducing wait times, improved access, home care, better drug benefits and more electronic records. “We would really like to see now, meaningful, thoughtful action as we head to that accord. We want the first ministers to get together very soon and start to set the groundwork for a transformed health care system as we head into the health accord,” said CMA president Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull. Source: CBC