If you’ve tuned into the news recently, then you might have heard about the opioid crisis that’s gripping North America. In recent years, it’s become clear that the US and Canada are facing a serious substance abuse problem, with deaths due to opioid overdoses alarmingly high.
With warming temperatures and thus, more regions growing to become increasingly habitable, climate change is creating a more livable environment for vectors that spread infectious, and often sever, diseases. In recent years, this spread has been very evident in Canada with the northern advance of ticks.
With the recent promises of pharmacare made for the upcoming provincial elections in Ontario, I thought it would be a great time to discuss what pharmacare is, its history in Canada, and more importantly, if it is finally time that we received universal drug coverage in Ontario.
I recently came across the 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index, which provides a ranking for the world’s healthiest countries. As a Canadian, I was naturally confident that our nation would be ranked somewhere among the top 10. To my surprise, we didn’t even crack the top 15. Canada was number 17 on this list!
The consequences of climate change are much more far-reaching, especially when we consider human health. But, what does climate change have to do with our health? Quite a lot, in fact, because the health of the planet determines the conditions for our health.
Income, believe it or not, plays a vital role in shaping our health outcomes, including our risk of heart disease. Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering the same thing – how?
Today, more than ever before in the past, an onslaught of information is thrown our way, telling us what we should and should not do – oftentimes, from opposing points of view.