Beyond Dispensing: The Voice of a Pharmacist Working as a Member of an Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Team

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A Medicare@50 blog post by: Susan Troesch – Clinical Pharmacist Mid-Main Community Health Centre (Vancouver, BC) Follow them @Mid_MainCHC As fall rolls around, I find myself stopping to give thanks for my great fortune. I am grateful to be able to say I love what I do. Not all pharmacists I talk with today tell me that they can say the same, and many often report that they would love to have a job like … Read More

Health Care's Real Iceberg

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A Medicare@50 blog post by: Russ Ford (@RussJamesFord) – Executive Director LAMP Community Health Centre (Toronto ON) Ryan Meili does not wear a beret. In fact, I doubt he even owns a Che tee-shirt. He does not  emphatically wave his arms while speaking. Some revolutionary?! Ryan Meili does wear a suit, speaks softly and is a doctor from Saskatoon. With no political experience he ran for the leadership of the Saskatchewan NDP, the province’s natural governing … Read More

Launch of new civic and social policy institute at Medicare@50

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On the closing day of the Medicare@50 conference, Saskatoon Community Clinic family physician and University of Saskatchewan professor, Dr. Ryan Meili, introduced Canadians to an important new civic and social policy institute that focuses on the impact of social determinants of health. It is appropriately named “Upstream”, and engages the Canadian public and policy makers in increased dialogue and action around the “upstream” causes of illness such as poverty, the lack of affordable housing, inadequate access to … Read More

50 Years of Medicare in Canada, Part 1: A System in Need of Transformation

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A Medicare@50 blog post by: Farah Shroff, Associate Professor UBC School of Population and Public Health Besides hockey, few things are so quintessentially Canadian as Medicare. Many a Canadian has been known to say, “Being Canadian is to have universal coverage of medical care.” So it is with great pride that most of us celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary this year. I am very excited to be one of the speakers at Medicare@50: Our Healthy Future … Read More

CHCs and the perverse ironies of the Canadian health system

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A Medicare@50 blog post by: Scott A. Wolfe (@ScottAWolfe) Executive Director – Canadian Association of Community Health Centres As the Premiers of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories get set to meet in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario from July 24-26, Canadians will be watching to see what comes of these talks, particularly in the context of a federal government that continues to back away from its leadership role and meaningful collaboration with the provinces and territories. The significance … Read More

We must stand up for Medicare and refugee health

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A Medicare@50 blog post by: Dr. Mike Dillon – Family Physician Klinic Community Health Centre (Winnipeg MB) June 17th 2013 will mark a year since the first National Day of Action for Refugee Health Care. One year ago, all newcomer refugees in Canada were informed by the Federal Government that the health care services supported by the Government of Canada through the IFH (Interim Federal Health Program) were to be severely curtailed. One year ago, Community … Read More

Stephen Lewis: The future of Medicare and CHCs

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In November 2012, Stephen Lewis provided an inspiring talk in Saskatoon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of both Medicare and Saskatchewan’s Community Health Centres. The event, hosted by Saskatoon Community Clinic, shed light upon Mr. Lewis’s profound connection to the birth of Medicare and Saskatchewan’s CHCs.  Mr. Lewis calls on Canadians to preserve, enhance and expand Medicare as Canada’s most defining and necessary accomplishment, and situates Canada’s vision for health and health care within the … Read More

Community Health Centres – My "Aha Moment"

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My first introduction to Community Health Centres (CHCs) came roughly 15 years ago. However, my personal journey with CHCs, in earnest, dates back a decade. In 2004, not fully-aware of what I was embarking upon, I accepted a role with the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), Canada’s single-largest provincial CHCs association. Having recently returned to Canada from work in the international health and development field with a couple of larger international agencies, the opportunity … Read More