Category Archives: Canadian healthcare

The Maternity Centre of Hamilton: Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

Today on HJR, we’re featuring a unique and fascinating obstetrical health resource in our community. It is well established that receiving adequate prenatal care is an important determinant of health for both mom and baby. According to the Hamilton Spectator and … Continue reading

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To the streets! Reflecting on health-sector responses to refugee health cuts

In late April of this year, the federal government announced it would make sweeping cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program – a program that provides access to healthcare for refugees in Canada. On May 11th over 90 doctors occupied … Continue reading

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Experimenting with(out) poverty: Health impacts of a guaranteed annual income

In an age of austerity, a time when public discourse related to healthcare revolves around which services to cut, its difficult to imagine that at one time in Canadian history, medicare was seen as just one part of a just … Continue reading

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Current Developments in AIDS treatments with Dr Mark Wainberg- December 5, 2011

More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the … Continue reading

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A Discussion of the Social Determinants of Transgender Health

Most doctors and healthcare professionals are likely to encounter transgender patients at some point in their careers. Yet a recent JAMA article highlighted the fact that, on average, undergraduate medical school curriculums dedicate only 5 hours of training to all … Continue reading

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Hamilton’s Shelter Health Network

According to the report, “On Any Given Night: Measuring Homelessness in Hamilton”, published by the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, the two major contributors to homelessness are the lack of adequate income and the lack of affordable housing. Families … Continue reading

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Anti-poverty activist Dr Roland Wong positive ahead of disciplinary hearing

We know that people from food insufficient households are more likely to have poor health outcomes – they have higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure for example. We’ve also talked before about the fact that an … Continue reading

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Impact of a majority Conservative federal government on health care

This week on Health Justice Radio we discussed the results of the Canadian general election held two weeks ago on May 2, 2011. When the election was called, many in the media were calling it the election nobody wanted. However, … Continue reading

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Front-line workers say Citizenship and Immigration Canada complicit in denial of meds to Quebec refugee claimants

On the 17th of January, 2011 the Association of Quebec Pharmacy (AQPP) owners issued a statement to its members urging them to cease filling prescriptions under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), arguing that the wait-time for reimbursement from Citizenship … Continue reading

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Are healthcare costs really out of control?

Earlier this month, the Globe published a series of articles aimed at re-opening the debate about healthcare reform in Canada wherein authors called the system “ailing,” “failing,” and “torn apart at the seams.” While the Globe was raging on about doom … Continue reading

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