Results for Hashtag #health

  • #health accord any comments on what is going to happen now that it has expired on march 31st.2014?

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  • #health With the USA implementing the #Affordable Care Act, can we allow Canadians to continue to be denied access to health care services? The Canada Health Act specifies universal access to health care.

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    • Not everyone can have a doctor/colleague by ones side, like the late Jim Flaherty. In fact thousands of citizens have poor access to health care services, have to travel large distances in rural Canada or do not have a family doctor. Is this fair? Is this universal access? Is anyone interested in this issue?

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  • #renewal #environment #health

    A few years ago i was in Australia and i met Bill Hauritz, the founder of a great festival there called ‘The Woodford Festival’ (http://www.woodfordfolkfestival.com/) Bill told me many great stories – but the best was about his 500 year plan for the festival!

    This was very inspiring to me – it made so much sense…[Read more]

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  • #health – if we are serious about reducing health care costs we must include dental care in Canada’s National Health Care strategy. Most low income Canadians can’t afford dental care. The result of poor dental health means their teeth are very often going to make these people sick – often chronically sick. Dental problems are very often…[Read more]

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    • This is from Nova Scotia’s new Minister of Health, Leo Glavine. He wants to shift the thinking from profit for illness (illcare) to profit for wellness (healthcare). http://www.kingscountynews.ca/Opinion/Columnists/2014-02-06/article-3601297/Leo-Glavine—From-Province-House-to-home%3A-Doing-my-share-for-healthcare/1

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      • Heather: Alberta had a false start with a like minded initiative. I’ve talked to medical colleagues and they seem reluctant. Any Ideas re. why?

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        • Good question. This is a hot conversation here right now, although the only people opposed to this idea, so far, are the NDP, through their national caucus. I suspect medical professionals may be reluctant because of pay. How do you measure wellness? Maybe professionals cld come up with their own pay scale (there would be more money in a wellness…[Read more]

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          • Heather: Wellness is not difficult to measure. Like illness is measured in the DSM5, wellness can be measured statically as well as subjectively. The ideal is a relatively long life, a brief and relatively painless period and the end. The data banks are full and and available and research into underlying causes is brisk and robust.

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        • Raj Sherman had brought up allegations of gov interference in Alberta in the wait times issue etc. likely due to the Alberta Government’s drive toward private medicine – hence the chill factor as Sherman had indicated there were threats to job security/funding involved.

          If Finland can do it, there is a way. Making the status quo obsolete via…[Read more]

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    • Bill: Thanks a bunch for a thoughtful post. It has sense and feeling, just like your art.

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      • Really, improving our health care system, moving to preventative medicine, dental coverage, nutrition education etc – this is a simple matter of APPLYING RESEARCH – and while the research will continue, we already have more than enough facts and proven principles to revolutionize our health care in Canada – and greatly reduce the cost of…[Read more]

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      • You’re welcome! thanks Lloyd!

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  • #health

    Simon Ip
    Did you know that many Aboriginal people are apprehensive to use “mainstream” health care services in Canada from fear of stereotyping and racism?
    In average, Aboriginal people have poorer health and shorter life expectancies than the broader Canadian population. These socio-economic factors and intergenerational effects of…[Read more]

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    • Vanessa you have my support in respect to the issue. I believe it is time for us to look inward and consolidate our people before reaching out and offering to others the prosperity of Canada. How we, Canadians, become a part of our aboriginal heritage is a complicated matter that needs to be addressed and resolved.

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  • Sang Riel posted an update 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    #health when will our health care system change its focus to preventative medicine without undue influences from outside sources. One example ? The destructive power of sugar. Should it be regulated ? I am not hearing anything about extra taxes on junk food but what about soaring obesity rates ? How many lives does tobacco take yearly and what…[Read more]

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  • #health

    Effective 01JAN14, the sale of RECREATIONAL cannabis within the state of Colorado is taxed at a rate of 25%… This tax rate was determined by an overwhelming majority vote by Colorado residents who wanted this “cash cow/sin tax” dedicated primarily to both healthcare & education. Medicinal cannabis sales within this same state are…[Read more]

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  • #health teeth are basic to our health.we need teeth to grind our food so our stomach can get the best most nutrition from food.simple right.eat good be healthy—-eat poorly be sick.i’d like to see our government when we get in power address this problem of people not being able to afford dentistry.
    politically the problem is it is expensive and…[Read more]

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    • we can legalize marijuana, tax it , regulate it and the profits from taxes etc (employee’s in the new business will be paying taxes as well) used to lower costs of health care including dentistry

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  • Vanessa Sutton posted an update 11 months ago

    #health

    Colleagues,

    I believe that political leaders need to exhibit courage by tackling complex issues such as Bill 52 in a dispassionate manner in consultation with all affected parties ( including physicians ).

    Peter Haley replied 6 hours, 25 minutes ago

    Are you working with “dying with dignity” or contemplating such? and how…[Read more]

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  • #health

    We talk a lot about initiatives that will lead the path to health care reform such as:

    – Reduction of wait time
    – Modernization of health: Electronic health record and telehealth
    – Greater access to rural areas and aboriginal health
    – Implementation of a national pharmaceuticals strategy
    – Health promotion and public health

    These are…[Read more]

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  • #health

    Lucy,
    Please review the following information.
    The B.C. Court of Appeal, in a split decision, recently affirmed the law against assisted suicide, in a controversial and historic right-to-die case.
    The case involved ALS patient Gloria Taylor of Kelowna and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, who won a landmark ruling last year when a…[Read more]

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  • #Aboriginal
    Simon Ip
    Did you know that many Aboriginal people are apprehensive to use “mainstream” health care services in Canada from fear of stereotyping and racism?
    In average, Aboriginal people have poorer health and shorter life expectancies than the broader Canadian population. These socio-economic factors and intergenerational effects of…[Read more]

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  • I have to say that I do not support the legalization of marijuana, and here is why:
    1.) Marijuana is a drug. Legalizing the sale of marijuana means legalizing a market which encourages consumers to become drug addicts. Alcohol and cigarettes are good case examples of how the use of addictive substances cannot be controlled. The legalization of…[Read more]

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    • I’ll start by saying that this is the policy of our party and has been specifically endorsed by our leader. If you are going to oppose it here, you should bring relevant facts, figures and peer reviewed studies. We believe strongly in evidence based policies.

      On some of the specifics:

      1) Marijuana is not addictive in the sense that hard drugs…[Read more]

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      • Hi John,

        I appreciate your response.

        I understand that legalizing marijuana is an issue that the Liberal Party of Canada has taken a stance on. It just happens to be one liberal policy I just don’t agree with.

        1) There is no evidence to suggest that marijuana is not addictive. As you described marijuana can become habit forming over time…[Read more]

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        • “I don’t think that the use, sale or distribution of a potentially addictive substance with huge negative health and social welfare side effects serves the interests of Canadians.”

          Then I suppose you also support the prohibition of alcohol, caffeine and tobacco, as they are also addictive or habit forming to different degrees. We will agree to…[Read more]

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        • How nice to be able to tell the rest of us what is good for us. As a teenager, underage drinker, I and all my friends were frequently drunk. I doubt that the alcohol did us any good and in some cases did real harm but it’s still out there. You say ‘There is no evidence to suggest that marijuana is not addictive.” but there is no evidence that it…[Read more]

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        • Marijuana is not addictive. It is public record many high profile people have admitted to its use, they tried it and no longer use it. This does not contradict personal observations. Most people that I know of that tried it no longer use it.

          I know of very few people that have tried alcohol and never had a drink again.

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        • Hi Geeta, It is critical to remember that as Liberals we believe in governing based on research and facts, unlike the Conservatives who govern based on ideology and who kill any research projects that might contradict them. “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up”. Please don’t fall into the CPC trap.

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    • f we legalize weed i dont think the numbers of people that smoke it will go up alot people already smoke it and its not causing none of the things the first person said if anything itwill decrease crime and increase health by letting people use it as medicine instead of harmful pills that has alot worse negative side effects then weed

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      • As a “mature” 78 year-old, I have never indulged. But as I grow creakier and sore, I would rather look at medical marijuana than some very expensive, dangerous and sometimes not very effective medications. The health care system would actually see the costs decrease. It is time to look at this issue very pragmatically and not so much with a…[Read more]

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    • Many thanks to Geeta and John and others for a great presentation of the pros and cons about the legalization of marijuana. My personal experience has been that marijuana was not a problem to quit using in my late teens but it took me another 25 years to eventually quit smoking tobacco. I am on the side of legalization mainly to take it out of the…[Read more]

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    • Hi Getta; One thing really stand out, how does marijuana increase crime if it is legalized?

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      • Well I am of the opinion that cracking down on crime is more effective at reducing crime, and that legalizing crime is less effective at reducing crime. It sets an example for all criminals to follow.

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        • I remember when Ontario legalized the sale of alcohol on Sundays. It put the Sunday bootleggers out of business. In my view the legalization reduced crime, wondering if you agree?

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    • Another thing (following on John’s good post) is that marijuana isn’t a drug. It’s a herb. So, I heard the story of my friend’s son having to go to the hospital because he ate too much hot sauce. Do we prohibit that, too?

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    • I have back issues, as well as bad knees and the occasional migraine, all for which my doctor has prescribed acetaminophen with 30mg of codeine. When I take the prescribed 2 tablets, I’m pretty buzzed for a while and if I take them over a long span I’ll do some damage to my liver. Should they be criminalized?

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      • Codeine is a controlled substance in the US. Would not advise bringing Canadian cough syrup into the US.

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      • As I mentioned earlier, it is illegal to sell prescription drugs over the counter without a prescription, and I think that it should be illegal to sell marijuana to anyone without a marijuana prescription as well. You can’t buy codeine at your local tobacco shop or local convenience store. It is not legal and it should not be legal to sell…[Read more]

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    • G’day Getta; Yes there is plenty of evidence that some chemicals in MJ can be bad for your health and habit-forming, even addictive. There is also clear evidence that some chemicals in MJ can be beneficial under some circumstances. But then, the same could be said for refined sugar. I have no problem with decriminalizing or legalizing MJ…[Read more]

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    • Geeta and those who disagree with our Liberal Leader’s policy on legalization of marihuana, you should look at Dr Sanjay Gupta’s research. He is the CNN Chief Medical Correspondant. This is available by going to http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/ .

      Pretty much anything we consume can be habit forming. This…[Read more]

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  • Hedy Fry posted an update 2 years, 2 months ago

    I recently posted a blog on liberal.ca: http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/blog/stick-facts-minister-aglukkaq/
    The Canadian Medical Association is discussing equitable access to health care and the importance of the social determinants of health in keeping people well. Doctors are also concerned that the Conservative government is walking away from…[Read more]

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    • Of course!

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    • Of course, we built one of the best health care systems only to slowly watch it erode due to both poor administration of it as well as who can access the system free of fees. We who have lived and paid into our healthcare system all our lives can not afford to allow people who come into this country and access for free what has cost us over the…[Read more]

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      • Those immigrants mostly work and pay taxes, just like you and i.

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        • you missed my point I never said that they don’t work my point is a gradual access to our health care system based on how long they have worked and lived in Canada you are being mislead if you do not believe that some people will abuse what we have worked so hard to get

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          • So you want to see a two tier system? HC is funded out of general revenue, they pay taxes, they should have the same access to HC as far as i’m concerned.

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        • When a baby is born here, it has instant free access to the health care system without having contributed to the taxes, and so it should. We are all immigrants, except perhaps for the First Nations who have been here for 12,000 to 25,000 years. Bonnie, which First Nation to you call home? The health care system will grow as needed and there is…[Read more]

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  • #cannabis #policy #health #crime Every so often the conversation about legalization of cannabis and Liberal Policy Resolution 117 starts up again on the Community page. We seem to go over the same things, again and again.

    A while back I came across a great paper prepared by the Standing Policy Committee – Liberal Party of Canada (BC) titled:…[Read more]

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  • #health Would you support the follwoing resolution? (If you would please take it toi your VP Policy in your ED for approval by the Board or at your AGM)

    WHEREAS recent events have highlighted the desperation of some families that have been unable to obtain resources and support services for their family member who suffer from developmentally…[Read more]

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    • That is a program that is way overdue.

      As the parent of a severely autistic young adult I can tell you that the current system stinks.
      Every province has their own criteria on how a person receives help. I know of people who have picked up and moved across country so they could get proper care for their children.
      Something has to change.
      The…[Read more]

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    • As the parent of a middle-aged autistic adult (40), I know how difficult it can be to get a proper diagnosis. We couldn’t get specialists to ‘pin it down’ in Thunder Bay (ON) or Winnipeg (MB) or even in Calgary (AB). Getting him through high school was a nightmare. We didn’t get a firm diagnosis until finding a specialist with autism experience in…[Read more]

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      • I am President of a major Agency serving the DD sector in Ontario. I can tell you now there is no more coming from the Province. A national entilement program would not displace the Ontario program it would supplement ‘top up’ – basically clear up waiting lists and enable national standards. Much like Australia is implementing.

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        • William, that is exactly what is needed.
          When my son was diagnosed it was one in 1200 children.
          Today, depending on where you live, it is 1 in 88 to 1 in 120.

          The current system cannot handle this kind of increase in cases.
          Two or three year waiting lists for assistance is inhuman.

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      • The problem is that while we are getting these benefits in Ontario other families across the country are not. The help our children get should not depend on where we live.
        People have turned down good jobs because they discover that the new location does not have the care their family needs.
        It is not just the individual, the entire family…[Read more]

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  • #health Veterans Affairs covers Cannabis THerapy – may change after CONS change this system badly. OTHER groups are working to influence the Federal Medical Cannabis Federal proposed changes; SEE Also Educators for Sensible Drug Policy ~ Drug Policy Reform Association FORUMS on video with prior Sol. Gen’s and more FOR MORE INFORMATION:…[Read more]

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  • Great discussions so far everyone! We’re thrilled with your participation and we look forward to additional comments on topics such as #aboriginal, #royal, #economy, #tourism, #scitech, #health, #multicultural, and especially Party #renewal – we want your input and don’t forget to use #!!

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  • #health

    Bill C-460 was introduced to parliament on November proposing sodium reductions in processed food.

    As stated in the above link Most Canadians are consuming two or three times the recommended amount of sodium, and
    increasing their odds of stroke, heart disease, kidney failure, and premature death. And three quarters of that
    comes from…
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  • #health Is anyone going to start the discussion about putting a stop to the doctors CAS workers and social services from putting an uncomfortably large number of our very young children unnecessarily on drugs like dextroamphetamine and risperidone? I know some helpless fathers who have no rights or the money to make a stand and do something…[Read more]

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