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Healthcare Policy Vol. 12, No. 1: Pre-Print
A Better Prescription: Advice for a National Strategy on Pharmaceutical Policy in Canada
Steven G. Morgan, Marc-André Gagnon, Barbara Mintzes and Joel Lexchin 
Canada needs a national strategy to fulfill its obligation to ensure universal access to necessary healthcare, including prescription drugs. Building on published research and international frameworks, the authors propose that pharmaceutical policies of federal, provincial, and territorial governments be coordinated around a core health-focused goal. 

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Funding Long-Term Care In Canada: Issues and Options by Owen Adams and Sharon Vanin

World Health Statistics 2016

  • 2015 pure alcohol consumption per capita for people 15 years and older in Canada is estimated to be 10.3 litres, compared to global average of 6.3 litres.
  • 2015 Canada had 7 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, well below the America’s avg. of 52
  • 2015 Canada had 113.6 skilled health professionals for every 10,000 in population vs. the America’s average of 32.3
  • 2014 75% of infants in Canada received 3 dozes of hepatitis B vaccine, below the America’s average of 88%
  • 2012 Canada had a homicide rate of 1.8 per 100,000 population, below the America’s average of 19.4
  • World Health Statistics 2016 data visualizations dashboard
  • World Health Statistics 2016 Monitoring Health for the SDGs (PDF full report)

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Nursing homes urged to rethink drugging people with dementia

Government still lets nursing homes improperly drug seniors: Walkom

Looking for Balance: Antipsychotic medication use in Ontario long-term care homes - Health Quality Ontario

15 N.B. nursing homes to participate in antipsychotic medication initiative

Health Minister Glavine vows to add 41 doctors in Nova Scotia

From language troubles to the female body, foreign doctors training in Canada can face challenges: study

Why U.S. doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare

Strategic Directions for Nursing & Midwifery 2016-2020

The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence  A report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. 

Innovative Technology and Design for Better Care: Project challenges, successes and lessons learned.

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