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Knowledge Exchange > Health Policy and Systems > Policy eUpdate > Posts > Articles and Opinion — March 19, 2012
Articles and Opinion — March 19, 2012
  • "Five public policies that will lead to pain relief without prescription overdoses”
    (Celia Vimont, Join Together)
    “Major policy changes are needed to resolve the tension between providing adequate pain relief and tackling the epidemic of prescription opioid overdoses, according to drug policy expert Keith Humphreys, PhD. At the recent American Academy of Pain Medicine meeting, he laid out five policies that can achieve a realistic balance.”
  • “A casino in Toronto is a terrible idea that smacks of desperation” 
    (Toronto Star editorial)
    “A casino for the Toronto area, government-backed Internet gambling and greater access to slots and lottery tickets – so many new chances for Ontarians to win. But wait, there’s more: government plans to “modernize” gambling will produce 6,000 new jobs and $1.3 billion a year to “support schools and hospitals.” Gosh, it all sounds so appealing. But before the Liberal government bets Ontario’s fiscal future on new roulette tables at the CNE, the Woodbine racetrack or anywhere else, let’s consider a few things they were less keen to highlight in Monday’s announcement.”
  • "McGuinty can’t afford misgivings about gaming"
    (Adam Radwanski, Globe and Mail)
    “Unlike so many of the other measures that may be necessary to adapt Ontario’s finances to its new economic realities, it’s ostensibly more about building than about tearing down. But as a break from the past, from the ideas and ideals that guided previous policies, the planned growth of the province’s gambling empire is right up there with the recent decision to shutter Ontario Place. And it says even more about what we have become, and what we can no longer afford to be.”
  • "Canadian health care needs a massive transformation" 
    (John Millar, Toronto Star)
    “We’ve heard it from many quarters now: the fiscal sustainability of Canada’s health-care system is under threat as health expenditures are increasing faster than government revenues. Rising health-care budgets are largely attributable to increased utilization of medical technologies, drugs and health human resources, as recent studies attest. (Population increase and aging also have some effect, but it’s smaller.) Also driving costs is an increasing burden of chronic disease, which includes conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, mental health conditions, muscle and joint disease, and others. The solution lies in nothing less than a transformation of our primary health-care system in Canada. We need to provide comprehensive, integrated, community-based services that will improve population health, reduce inequities, reduce health-care expenditures and contribute to the sustainability of our publicly funded health system. One essential step toward this transformation would be a coordinated pan-Canadian effort to develop indicators and databases that will support accountability in health care and drive the required changes.”