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Policy Briefing: Health Policy Briefing
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, pictured on Nov. 9, 2017, getting a flu shot on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prevention decreases demands on the health system

Opinion|Herb Emery
Clearly, provincial governments have no problem spending many additional billions on treating sickness. Maybe it’s time they started directing spending towards improving health.
Despite serious funding cuts, Ottawa's tobacco control strategy was successful in cutting the number of Canadians who smoke from 25 per cent in 2001 to 15 per cent today. Now, the goal is slashing another 10 per cent by 2035, which experts say will require more funding.
Dating as far back as the 1940s, at least seven different royal commissions, national fora, parliamentary committees, and citizen reference panels have studied this issue and recommended single-payer, universal pharmacare on clinical, ethical, and economic grounds.
News|Neil Moss
The narrative that bad prescribing practices is behind crisis is 'just wrong,' says opioid addiction expert.
Quebec is a world leader in suicide prevention, said academic Jack Hicks, but Canada is one of the only developed countries without a national suicide prevention strategy.
We don’t need more studies. We know there’s an obesity crisis in Canada. Either we take action, or taxpayers will pay more for health costs later.
The government should be prioritizing public health responses specifically to the needs of Canadians. Essentially, what should become key priorities on this list are the health issues that are affecting us nationally.
Canada’s Food Guide is undergoing revisions and this is an opportunity to consult with Indigenous leaders to ensure it is culturally relevant and reflective of our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis teachings.
In an email Q&A, the health minister talks about preventing marketing abuses by prescription drug companies, the healthy eating strategy, suicide prevention, and changes to the assisted reproduction act.
Employers have been pushing the federal government to address what they see as legal uncertainty surrounding cannabis use by workers.
We frequently forget that Quebec has one hand tied behind its back, because the Canadian government holds onto health-care dollars it owes the provinces.

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