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This blog will introduce readers to developments around the world that are relevant to Ontario with a focus on social determinants of health. Written by PHIRN affiliate Ted Schrecker.

People who get it, Part 1

Posted on September 5th, 2012

Optimism is hard to sustain these days. Canadian policy-makers and research funders seem to be losing much of their interest in social determinants of health; health policy remains unresponsive to evidence of easily remediable inequities within our health care systems. Lack of coverage for outpatient prescription drugs is one conspicuous example, as noted in the previous posting. So it's refreshing to feature three Ontario conferences organized by people who 'get' both health equity and social determinants of health. (Full disclosure: I am on the program of the first two events.)

People who get it, Part 2

Posted on September 14, 2012

I've tried to make the case in previous postings for considering public finance as a public health issue. In a new article in Foreign Affairs,(1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology political scientist Andrea Louise Campbell makes several relevant arguments. She isn't concerned with health, and she is writing in the US context, but many of the analytical issues are relevant to our situation.

Affordability of medications: (re)discovering the obvious

Posted on Friday August 17, 2012

In an earlier posting, I mentioned research by Canada's Dennis Raphael, among others, on the difficulty of managing diabetes on a low income. The cost of a healthy diet is a major part of the problem; another is the cost of medications. In Ontario, prescription medications outside hospital are covered by public health insurance only for people over the age of 65 and for those on extremely low incomes. A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto (1) points out that this may be having a substantial impact on the health of people with diabetes.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:08 )