Campaign: Health Care

Ombudsman Oversight in MUSH Sector

In an effort to be transparent and in light of various tragedies that have occurred, there needs to be an independent investigation process when complaints are made within this sector.

It is now the 21st century and Ontario remains to be the only province where this is not an option.

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Campaign: Health Care

Lower Barriers for Mental Health Treatment

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 »

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Campaign: Health Care

Electronic Health Records

There needs to be single electronic health record in Ontario. Whenever a Ontario resident with OHIP goes to see a doctor, the details will be saved on a secure server maintained by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care instead of the clinics and hospitals keeping it locally. The patient file can only be accessed with a unique doctor ID and password as well as the patients health card needs to swiped. The records ...more »

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Campaign: Sustainable Communities

Development charges

Municipalities are restricted in how much development charges, used to pay for the capital cost of new infrastructure where buildings are constructed, can be collected. They are conservatively calculated (based on past usage rather than future usage), cannot be used for cultural facilities and hospitals (which explains why rapidly growing municipalities in the 905 region are underserved by hospitals), and 90% of the total ...more »

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Campaign: Sustainable Communities

Assist Young Parents and Their Childrens To Succeed

Like many countries, such as the UK, Ontario needs a policy and identified funding strategy to assist young parents with parenting programs, education, employment programs and the resources to succeed. These approaches are proven successful and much more cost effective than neglecting these young families or subjecting them to ongoing child welfare involvement

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Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Accountability

There are a fair number of suggestions here now that include concerns about accountability (you can find them through a search) I think it would be a good idea for the government of Ontario to define through legislation exactly what "Accountability" means and entails for all institutions, agencies and bodies that are (or should be) accountable to the public in Ontario. Accountability should be required, and consequences ...more »

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Campaign: Fair & Just Society

Improve the Economy by STOPPING the "Race to the Bottom"

To pay a living wage for an honest days work is not a sin and does not destroy the economic health of the country as some would have us believe. In FACT the very OPPOSITE is TRUE. The steady decline, over the last 30 years, in the wellbeing of the members of the middle class and below is directly connected to changes in governmental attitudes and their tax changes initiated by the Thatcher/Reagen/Malrony governments. ...more »

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Campaign: Health Care

OSAP Funding for Mental Illness Support

There should be a discussion about funding mental illness care under OSAP, as we do with many other types of health care. Currently, private services like psychologists can be extremely expensive, and not everyone can afford them. Mental illness is a terrible burden to endure, and I'd like to see the government make a change so more people can benefit from services currently unavailable to them.

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Campaign: Health Care

Reduce health care fraud to reduce auto insurance costs

The insurance industry has identified massive fraud involving the treatment of injuries from car accidents as a major contributor to higher-than-necessary auto insurance rates. Such fraud involves physio clinics, chiropractic clinics, or other medical service providers. Our provincial government proposes to address this fraud by licensing such clinics. Instead, I suggest converting all such clinics from private, for-profit ...more »

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Campaign: Health Care

Require doctor offices to answer phone calls

More and more, doctors are forcing patients to leave voice messages rather than answering calls as they come in. Many doctors and specialists now have all calls go to a message machine and they return calls as they see fit. This limits patient rights, forces the public to work around doctor's schedules rather than vice versa, and reduces the likelihood of catching an emergency situation. Given we are in a public system ...more »

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Campaign: Health Care

Ontario as a Clinical Trials powerhouse

Ontario possesses one of the world's best clinical databases through our centralized billing system with access through the Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences, we have world leading teaching hospitals and fantastic medical professionals. Ontario needs to fully utilize the potential of these assets. Ontario should: 1. Pass legislation to allow the use of its centralized databases for clinical trials recruitment ...more »

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Campaign: Health Care

Too Many Health Care Charities

The exploding number of health related charities is making it confusing for donors. When each new disease gets its own foundation, you get too many competing fundraising campaigns and too much money spent on administration. The provincial government needs to encourage charities to reach a consensus about common infrastructure, particularly in the health care sector. Policy makers and the public also need clarity about ...more »

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