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Policy Briefing: Health Policy Briefing
One surprising health challenge from heat waves is that our hospitals do not have sufficient air conditioning capacity to keep the hospitals within an acceptable range of temperatures for safe surgeries, writes Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Climate change is a health emergency

Without a massive investment in adapting our hospitals to extreme temperature and other climate extremes, our health-care system can be further compromised.
I look forward to working with stakeholders in 2019 to address this and other important issues in the health portfolio.
Autism is now the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada. Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups.
While many experts have applauded the new Canada Food Guide, a national food policy with programs addressing food access by the poorest Canadians may do more to improve people's health.
Canada is falling behind in getting the right kind of food onto the plates of our youth, and there remains no better way to change this than through a universal children and youth nutrition program.
It puts more focus on what, when and how we eat, and less on food groups and servings. It gives clear, concise advice that everyone can easily apply to their everyday lives—things like cooking more often, eating with others and limiting highly processed foods.
One of the first steps is appointing the person heading Health Canada's palliative care secretariat and announcing the action plan, which Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said will happen before the end of the year.
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A generic drug industry association head says concessions in free trade pacts have been 'death by a thousand cuts' for the industry.
The CPP experience shows that we must also put forward constructive alternatives that respond to the needs of those poorly-served by the status quo. It isn’t enough to discourage the use of a sledgehammer. We need to pick up the scalpel.
We have a historic opportunity to significantly improve our health-care system with the introduction of a national public pharmacare program, and also save billions a year by doing so. But it is important that it be designed properly, and progressively. This would not only be politically appealing, but will also result in a healthier population.
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Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor talks about the government's Healthy Eating Strategy, its response to the opioids crisis, and the national pharmacare strategy report due in the spring.
Canadians have waited long enough. Access to medically necessary dental care should be a right in this country, not a privilege. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and begin the work necessary to make this overdue health care service a reality for all Canadians.
The foundation is in place, but we need more coordinated strategies to become the world leader in this field. Personalized medicine is the future of health care—a win-win for government, industry and Canadians.
For Canadians, it should be a reminder that we need to modernize our PMPRB watchdog to achieve 'just prices' and get rid of our irrational policies that serves corporate welfare to the detriment of patients.
The federal government should take leadership in developing, funding, and ensuring implementation of standardized integrated and integrative health-care systems across Canada, thereby ensuring delivery of health-care services to the populations for which it has jurisdiction, but also including patients currently underserved by the existing provincial systems. Such community clinics would need to be both integrated and integrative.

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