A Culture of Health

A Culture of Health

The Ontario Liberal Party is committed to building a healthy society that provides the care people need and promotes healthy living at all ages. We have built our health-care system back up and we are now focused on making the system even better by improving access to care, enhancing the patient experience and expanding access to prescription drugs. As we move forward with an ambitious plan to build a healthier society, we need your best ideas about how to improve the patient experience and encourage the people of Ontario to live healthy lives.
(@timagkelley)

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Increase Nurse to patient ratios

Increased NURSE TO PATIENT RATIO FROM 5:1 to 3:1 while returning the 100 residency doctor spots cut this year. My Grandfather DR Alan Brown ran Sick Kids for 40 years cutting the infant mortality rate in half by insisting the Premier pasteurized milk BUT also insisted that patients received care SAFE ratios mean patients leave without complications, with minimal pain and alive His Doctors provided the procedures , however... more »

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Create a Minister of State/Minister Responsible for Addictions and Mental Health

A separate minister would better be able to focus on these pivotal issues and help finish implementation of the Health Ministry's Open Minds, Healthy Minds long term strategy.

A link to the ministry strategy: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/mental_health2011/mentalhealth.aspx

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(@trevor)

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Enhance Women's Reproductive Rights

The Government of Ontario should guarantee women's rights to reproductive choice and guarantee access to free at the point of use abortion on demand for all women. While abortion is currently covered under OHIP - they are typically performed in abortion clinics - which are usually only available in larger Ontario cities. All Ontario hospitals shouid be required to provide abortion services and free transportation should... more »

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(@nimanbains)

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Charge employers for use of sick notes that result in unnecessary visits to the doctor.

Often employers seek sick notes for employees needing a sick day as proof of illness, this practice often results as a tax on the sick as doctors notes are not covered by OHIP, but as well for many short term illness that are 1-3 days long that do not warrant medical intervention. This practice is no doubt a burden upon our healthcare system and working people of this province for the sole reason of employers not placing... more »

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(@bthompso)

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We need a "transformed" mental health system, not simply more funding.

The current mental health system is really a mental "illness" system. Access especially by the most vulnerable citizens is not possible until one is severely mentally ill. We must re-orient the system so that a "continuum" of mental health services is available beginning at the earliest point through to acute care phase of illness.

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Pass bill 71: the Lung Health Act

Ontarians with lung disease and their families need access to education and rehab to help manage their disease. Bill 71 is a step in the right direction, but there hasn’t been any new action on it since 2016. Please give this important piece of legislation the attention necessary to allow educators the resources needed to make a real difference to the many people living with COPD, asthma and other lung disease.

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(@nipuyl)

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Remedying Health Care Professional Shortages for Aboriginal Communities

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development should be given a mandate to implement measures which are designed to promote the education of more Aboriginal Health Care Professionals in addition to reducing the influence of the unique cultural, financial, and geographical barriers faced by prospective Aboriginal Health Care Professionals.

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(@pickeringuxbridge)

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Long-term care safety

Steps need to be taken to ensure that our long-term care institutions are properly regulated and inspected. The recent murders of seven patents in a nursing home in Woodstock should be a call to action by the Province to adequately and rigorously fund ongoing inspections of these types of facilities. Our seniors deserve better care and attention.

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(@trevor)

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A Public Pharmaceutical Company

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest global capitalist industries with nearly guaranteed profits. Investment and research conducted by them is done primarily for the purpose of profit making while the lives of millions of people depend on life saving medications which are priced to profit from peoples' illnesses.

Therefore, I believe that the Government of Ontario should establish a public not-for-profit... more »

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Funding for Mental Health

Mental health services are chronically underfunded - many people with mental health care needs are NOT able to access services unless they can afford to pay high fees in the private sector. Early recognition, access to treatment, and supports for people before their concerns become crises (or mental health concerns escalate) are necessary to support a healthy Ontario.

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(@sanjuktamohanta)

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Increase funding for dental care

The current publicly funded dental care programs need to be more robust with basic, denture care and preventive dental care covered in the OW Adult program. Dental programs should pay the providers enough to at least cover expenses. Investing in properly funded dental programs with essential services covered will improve oral health, decrease barriers to dental care, and decrease health care spending on costly ER visits... more »

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Tax deduction for fitness memberships

Make the cost of fitness memberships tax deductible for persons who have fitness memberships and use them. This saves the health care system many dollars as research shows active persons are healthier people.

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(@trevor)

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Basic Dental Coverage for Youth and Seniors

The Ontario Liberals should cover basic dental care (i.e., annual cleaning, X-rays, fillings, braces, wisdom teeth extractions, ect.) for all Ontarians under the age of
24 years and over the age of 65 years.

Most youths end up needing their wisdom teeth removed and that surgery alone costs approximately $1,000. Likewise braces and fillings can cost thousands of dollars. This can place a very heavy burden on low income... more »

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(@torontite)

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Mandate 40km/h or less in all residential areas

As our urban areas are increasingly made up of large condo towers, former industrial areas have now become primarily residential. As a result we have new residential neighbourhoods where the speed limit is too high (50 or 60 km/h) which is unsafe and unsuitable for pedestrians and cyclists. The maximum should be no more than 40km/h.

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(@trevor)

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Build More Hospitals

The Province of Ontario needs to build more hospitals - particularly in the Greater Toronto Area which is currently experiencing explosive population growth - to deal with the overcrowding crisis.

The City of Toronto alone brings in over 100,000 newcomers each and every year in addition to natural population growth.
No other municipality in Canada has such ongoing and sustained population growth.

I believe that the... more »

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