Majority of Canadians support private options for health care, poll shows – National

As some provinces turn to the private sector to address pressures in the health-care system, a new poll suggests more Canadians than ever are open to the idea of ​​private delivery of health care. The Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News between Jan. 19 and Jan. 23, 2023 found 59 per cent of the … Read more

92-year-old Alberta woman remains in hospital days after her 911 call was transferred to 811

Jacqui Bayne’s mom, 92-year-old Barbara Ross became sick last week. Bayne knew her mom needed immediate medical care and called 911 for an ambulance, but the ambulance was never dispatched. “I said, ‘She’s weak, she’s dehydrated, everything is going through her. She can barely stand, can barely walk,’ and they said, ‘I’m going to switch … Read more

Is there more to Ontario’s clinic plan than meets the eye?

Will that be on your OHIP card or your credit card? Premier Doug Ford’s controversial plan to move more surgeries out of hospitals and into independent clinics to clear a pandemic backlog has fueled concerns about the “upselling” of medical services not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. The issue has been on the … Read more

Doug Ford says there’s ‘pressure’ from Canadians to get a health-care funding deal

Vowing to work collaboratively with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other prime ministers next week on a new health funding accord, Doug Ford says Canadians are demanding action. “The premiers, the federal government, they just want to get a deal,” Ford told reporters Wednesday in Brampton. “I agree with the prime minister’s comments the … Read more

News stories from the Star you should know about on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Good morning. This is the Wednesday, Feb. 1 edition of First Up, the Star’s daily morning digest. Sign up to get it earlier each day, in your inbox. Here’s the latest on national long-term-care standards, Toronto schools possibly swapping Shakespeare for Indigenous authors and Trudeau’s health-care offer to provinces. DON’T MISS: New long-term-care standards have … Read more

Here’s what we know about Justin Trudeau’s secret health-care offer to provinces

OTTAWA—The federal government won’t make public its multibillion offer to the provinces on health care until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets premiers and territorial leaders in Ottawa next week. Behind the scenes, however, federal and provincial officials are number-crunching to ensure the “working meeting,” as Trudeau called it, ends with no blow-ups, a solid overall … Read more

Woman with tuberculosis refusing treatment; health department could seek court order to force her hand

Woman in Tacoma refusing treatment for tuberculosis The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is monitoring a case of active tuberculosis (TB) in a woman in Tacoma, who is currently declining treatment. TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is monitoring a case of active tuberculosis (TB) in a woman in Tacoma, who is currently declining … Read more

Canadian doctors spend millions of hours on unnecessary paperwork: report

Canadian doctors are collectively spending 18.5 million hours on “unnecessary paperwork and administrative tasks” each year, a report says. Patients before Paperwork, a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business released Monday, states the approximately 18.5 million hours physicians are collectively spending on unnecessary paperwork amounts to 55.6 million patient visits per year. Dr. … Read more

On the front lines of the homelessness crisis, a downtown ER tries a novel new approach

When Dan Shaffer turned up at the St. Michael’s Hospital emergency room, it wasn’t for a medical crisis. In his early 70s, Shaffer had been evicted from his apartment and had nowhere else to go. ER staff tried to get him into a shelter, but couldn’t. Beds, citywide, were full. They brought him to a … Read more

Doug Ford ‘confident’ of reaching a health-care deal with Ottawa

Prime Minister Doug Ford is hinting the 35 per cent federal funding the provinces and territories are seeking to bolster struggling health-care systems is not set in stone. As the clock ticks toward a Feb. 7 meeting in Ottawa between premiers, territorial leaders and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ford told reporters “there’s always a little … Read more