Dr. John Lister of Coventry University on trends in health policy and what it means for Canada and the UK.
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Navigating the Evidence: Communicating Canadian Health Policy in the Media
This free ebook is a compilation of our commentaries published in major newspapers in 2014, written by experts in the health policy field. These Op-Eds highlight the most recent evidence on a wide range of topics, including our aging population, healthcare sustainability, costs and spending and the impact of the social determinants of health.
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|Extreme weather events hit most vulnerable |
Just off a bustling urban street, in the heart of a middle class Canadian community, I came upon an elderly man wilting in the low lying shrubs, mere feet from heavy traffic and visibility. He appeared unconscious, perhaps brought on by the searing summer temperatures that had pushed the mercury above 30 degrees Celsius.
|Canadians care about healthcare — so why don’t we see more health policy coverage in the news? |
For the last thirty years or so, Canadians have repeatedly flagged healthcare as the most important national concern and the issue they want their political leaders to prioritize. Surveys and studies and polls and panels — there have been plenty — all come up with the same finding: Canadians care about healthcare.
|Is waiting longer for new prescription drug approvals necessarily a bad thing? |
The newest report from Canada’s brand name drug makers on access to new drugs has one key message: compared to other countries, Canada goes slow and low. New drugs are slower to be covered by our provincial drug plans and the numbers of people who get access to new drugs are lower than in other countries. The report is undeniably negative: Canadians are suffering because our governments don’t provide timely access to new medicines.
|COSTS AND SPENDING|
|HEALTH MORE THAN HEALTHCARE|
|INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS|
|MORE NOT ALWAYS BETTER|
|WAITING FOR CARE|