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:
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Let’s see if we have this straight. A social security benefit program accidentally pays too much to a group of senior citizens for a stretch of time. Sociology and psychology types race in to study the seniors. What’d they find? Less dementia.
Senior citizens study: how money makes for better brain functioning
NPR ONE audio 3:14
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A new medical school in Texas takes aim at the societal underpinnings of poverty and social difficulty. And get this, it does so with support from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
In Texas, cross-sector partnerships to fight suburban poverty
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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
Basic income can reduce food insecurity and improve health
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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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
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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
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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.