Government of Ontario should continue to expand the practice of using OHIP-funded midwives for the delivery of low to medium risk pregnancies, leaving OBs for medium to high risk pregnancies. Patients would continue to have the right to choose. Midwives should be given access to hospital facilities. If more Ontarians chose to use midwives for their pregnancy, Ontario would save millions.
One of the major problems we face is growing socioeconomic inequality. Over the last few decades companies have been getting rid of full-time positions and replacing them with part-time positions. The reason this is being done is because per hour, it is cheaper to hire part time workers even if you need to hire more people. These savings are realized in the form of reduced benefits that part time workers are entitled ...more »
Increasing preventative healthcare programs using allied health professionals (dieticians, social workers, nurse practitioners, etc.) to educate and facilitate use of programming. Having the increase in funding for health promotion include incentives for dietary supplements and fitness programs, as well as other wellness programming in order to help encourage a healthier population and relieve financial pressure on the ...more »
The title is taken with permission from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada paper of 2009 on rural healthcare. The society represents over 2700 rural doctors in Canada. The society reported in 2009 that rural health care is usually quite efficient with lower cost per capita in dollars spent, and health care providers engaged than city/urban care. Quality arguments for closures occur typically as a veiled slur ...more »
Currently physician incomes are not reported publically by physician, however, they make up a substantial cost of the health care system. We pay close attention to administrators, etc. through the 'Sunshine List'; however, there is much less scrutiny for physicians. We should be transparent about all public sector incomes, including physicians. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/how-much-are-canadian-doctors-paid/article7750697/ ...more »
Sometimes residents in LTC are medicated as a means of keeping them quiet and passive.
Is zombie-hood what you want for yourself or your parents if 'living' your last days, months, or even years in LTC is in the future for you or them?
If you are a senior, or will eventually become one, (which is pretty much all of us), be very wary about placing your trust in the eldercare systems and the legal systems in Ontario which you believe are there to protect you. I would like you to consider supporting the several proposals that I've submitted to this forum regarding the (mostly unseen) systemic abuse and discrimination many vulnerable seniors experience ...more »
A Bill of Rights for residents of Ontario nursing homes came into effect in 1987. A broader, more comprehensive, Bill of Rights for the Elderly is needed to enshrine appropriate protections for all of our vulnerable seniors in law, not just for those seniors who are institutionalized. On one hand home-care for the elderly is a good thing. However without adequate legislated protections, the elderly are vulnerable ...more »
Unionized workers in the public sector are paid through government taxes, and are highly compensated relative to the private sector. They provide essential services for Ontarians, and should be prevented from holding Ontarians for ransom every time they have a dispute with their employer, the government. We have seen the negative affects and hardships these prolonged strikes have had on Ontarians in recent years. Teachers, ...more »
To make every vote meaningful it should be relatively easy for voters of small parties with popular ideas, like the Marijuana Party, or the End the Breed Ban Party, or the One School System Party for example, to send those party's Leaders to the Legislature in an official capacity to advocate, every day, for each party's aims, goals, issues and objectives. This can easily be accomplished by changing the way we count ...more »
1. Cut corporate taxes to spur business investment. Ensure that corporate taxes remain low and that businesses know that the corporate tax rate will reamin low. That will create certainty which is vital for business investment and job creation. As well, reduce all other taxes such as the income tax, sales tax, school taxes etc. The more we allow people to retain their wealth the more money people will have to set up new ...more »