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Health, Politics, Society

It’s time for conversation on harmonizing long-term care, says Trudeau

The federal government is ready to work with the provinces and territories to develop national standards on long-term care, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. Under the Canadian constitution, health care is a provincial jurisdiction and the federal government plays »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Quebec order of nurses denounces ‘racism’ against dying Indigenous woman

Two days after a dying Indigenous woman broadcast a Facebook Live video appearing to show her being insulted and sworn at by hospital staff in a Quebec regional hospital, the provincial order of nurses has come out with a statement »

Economy, Politics, Society

Premiers seek $28B in additional health transfers from Ottawa

Four of Canada’s conservative-leaning premiers are calling on the federal government to increase health funding to the provinces by $28 billion as provincial budgets are getting a double whammy hit of rising healthcare costs and dwindling revenues due to the »

Health, Society

Frontline healthcare workers need better support, emergency physicians warn

Canada’s already undermanned and overstretched frontline healthcare workers fighting to stop the spread of COVID-19 need better physical and mental health protection support to endure what is likely to be a prolonged battle with the pandemic, says the Canadian Association »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Canadian stroke victims at higher risk of dying in rural hospitals

Canadians living in rural areas are at a significantly higher risk of dying if they suffer a stroke and are treated in a local hospital as opposed to those who get treated in larger urban hospitals, according to a new »

Indigenous, Politics

Indigenous parents forced to give up children for better access to healthcare: opposition MP

The federal government is denying opposition claims that Indigenous parents in Canada continue to face the impossible choice of either keeping their children or surrendering them to the country’s “badly broken and badly underfunded” foster care system so they can »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Extending hours for hospital visits shows positive benefits

Generally in Canadian hospitals there are specific and limited times for families and friends to visit patients in hospital.  That is changing. From the couple of hours at a time during specified periods in the day, the new thinking is »

Health, International

Planning for health needs of Zika virus babies needs to start now: UNICEF

As health officials across Latin America scramble to contain the outbreak of the Zika virus, the United Nations children’s agency says health officials must start planning for healthcare needs of affected children and their families now. The virus, believed to »