Keep in mind the the projected number of folks predicted to have this disease. There is a private member's bill that has been submitted for the third time. I would like to see it passed or the Minister of Health begin to take positive and concrete steps to begin to address this illness,
Ontarians suffering from depression, and other mental health issues, have inadequate care at present. Prescription-issuing psychiatrists typically see them once every 3 mos, and GPs conducting the follow-up don't always understand the subtleties of mental disorders. Also, there need to be more government-sponsored programs/supports, to help re-integrate professionals who had suffered mental health issues into the workforce. ...more »
Despite surveys showing that over 90% of Ontarians wish to donate their organs, only 18% are actually registered in the provincial database, and only 12% of Torontonians are registered. This vast gap between desire and reality partly explains why one Ontarian dies every three days on an organ waiting list while hundreds more suffer a painful, expensive and needless wait. The organ donor rate could be increased substantially ...more »
Dental care should become part of overall health
According to the recent StatsCan Community Health Survey, "An estimated 600,000 had a perceived unmet mental health care need, and more than 1,000,000 had a partially met need" and that the need for treatment mostly lied in counselling. Mental health is also a rapidly emerging problem for this province's youth who are disproportionately affected with mental health issues. Having been down this road, I can see some ways ...more »
Support the establishment for Safe Injection Clinics. Medical authorities have estimated that this has saved lives and reduced HIV and HEPc where those clinics exist.
Label genetically modified ingredients
Chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are severely impacting the health and mortality of Ontarians. Maintaining a healthy diet can have a protective effect on a person ‘s health and prevent them from getting different types of nutrition- related chronic diseases. Registered Dietitians are accredited health professionals that may work in various settings such as family health care teams, diabetes education ...more »
Bring back robust exercise regiment for our youth!
Significant and good quality evidence exists to suggest that massage therapy improves patient quality of sleep, mood and reduces anxiety associated with pain. Instead of pharmaceuticals, hospitals could employ massage therapists to provide the kind of care that nurses used to do 40 years ago: back rubs, foot massage and general soothing. Hospitals in the US have incorporated massage therapy into their care options for ...more »
Life expectancy tops 83. Chronic illness is becoming more prevalent that acute illness. In response, more home care in the shape of medical/nursing visits, assisted living, palliative care and supported dying at home is needed. It would be cheaper than hospital care and likely would be preferred by most.
There needs to be a publicly funded adult dental emergency program. The existing public oral health programs should be combined and reimbursement fees to dentists must be increased to encourage more dentists to accept these programs.