National Pharmacare: Canada’s Prescription for Change

Brynne Moore As Canadians, we take pride in our national health care system; and at its core, that system is about providing universal and equal access to medical and hospital care. The Canada Health Act (CHA) mandates that equitable health care be provided on the fundamental basis of medical necessity. While the specifics of what is…

The Interim Federal Health Program and the Cost of Cutting Costs

Haleema Butt Recent public uproar in response to federal government cutbacks to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) should come as no surprise. The program, which provides limited health care benefits to people not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance (i.e. refugees and non-citizens), was cut back on June 30, 2012. Critics from within the…

The War on Supervised Injection Services

Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy On July 10, the Toronto Board of Health will review a report from the City’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown that, if adopted, could help secure the health and safety of thousands of vulnerable intravenous drug users in Toronto. Released on June 21, the Staff Report recommends that the Board of Health work with the Ontario government to create…