Tag Archives: public health

(1094) Period poverty


Well, if it costs money it can be one of the building blocks of poverty, right? And poverty is always personal.  An article from a UK source looks at feminine hygiene products and poverty.  We’re talking a little more than thirty-five cents now.
Period poverty: call to tackle the hidden side of inequality
theguardian.com

Millions of women in the US lack proper access to menstrual supplies
truth-out.org

See also: (597) Free tampons!

(1092) Ontario mental health costs


Ontario does provide some public drug coverage to its citizenry and of course many employers provide benefit coverage as well.  For the mentally ill, things run a little thinner than we like.  The Toronto Star offers the final part in a series on the individual costs of mental health care at this link:
Many Ontarians with mental-health issues must choose between food and meds

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(1066) Food security & basic income

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Good news, even as winter approaches: in 2017 Ontario can expect to see a basic income pilot project.  Hopefully that means that Canada’s largest province is on the path to adopting a benefit regime that will truly secure its people against poverty.  We’ve been sold on the idea of a universal right to an income for as long as we can remember.  It seems to us that nearly every form of social difficulty could be improved upon if nobody in this society was below a certain level.  On the other hand, we could indeed be looking at yet another ‘cycle of consultation’.  You know, another rationalised round of reportage, fact gathering and public hearings that  kick the issue of poverty down the road and toward the next election.  Public pressure might make all the difference, though.
Extra bonus: it would seem a good way to innoculate our society against the rise of Trumpist-style influences, a comprehensive ticket to change for the better.  This winter thoughts of a basic income will be keeping the staff at suburban-poverty.com feeling warm inside.
Basic income pilot consultation
ontario.ca
Basic income can reduce food insecurity and improve health
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

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(1065) Gendering life expectancy [Study]

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We all love life, right?  That’s why longevity is such a sensible measure of the quality of life in a given place.  Gaps in longevity data emerge into view quickly thanks to such things as gender and occupation.  Ideally, a well off society should find these gaps moderate and when in the right frame of mind it might even challenge these gaps, seek to close them up.  A new medical study reinforces our understanding of the role of income in determining longevity with the finding that in Canada high income men are starting to outlive low income women.  The incomes of Canada’s richer males is more powerful than the natural characteristic of women to outlive men.
Did you just say ‘holy shit’?  We did.
High income men now outliving low income women, study finds
globeandmail.com

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(1034) Ontario to cut hospital parking rates

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Visiting someone in a hospital by car, let alone attending one for health services over time, was starting to involve some rather stiff user fees for parking.  In the world of mandatory driving and low incomes, the lifting of this burden is a good thing.
Ontario making hospital parking more affordable. Rates cut in half for frequent visitors to hospitals
ontario.ca

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(1015) Depressed, anxious workers and the bottom line [Conference Board report]

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Anxiety and depression cost Canada’s economy in a big way.  Lost hours and lost productivity is extracted from reinvestment in businesses, and from profits and wages.

Employers, please wake up to this $50 billion dollar thing.

Depression, anxiety cost Canadian economy billions, Conference Board says. ‘There is a gain for the employer in acting … on mental health in the workplace’
cbc.ca/news