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Would you be more motivated to recover from a hospitalization if it was harder to get ODSP? Is this the intention of new proposals?
How should Ontario define it? Federal disability is not accessible to folks with “episodic” disabilities like mental health issues, pain, cancer.
==> Make sure ODSP stays accessible to all who need it.
“Ontario Health” Announced
Big changes: Coordination, central control, local control, public health, but not necessarily public.
[B: Thoughts, worries, what have you heard?]
Minister of Health Christine Elliot assured the public that there is a “fundamental right to universal access to a publicly funded health care system”, but there will be changes. “Access” does not mean full funding or health delivery by a public organization. Ontario Health Teams will coordinate care and may be led by hospitals. Agencies will be encouraged to integrate and follow a common vision. The new Ontario Health super-agency will integrate all of the LHINs plus Cancer Ontario, Trillium and more. . [ //youtu.be/gn4COa65dv0 ] [ Bill 74 //bit.ly/2tH6vNm] More on page 3
Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine Highlights:
- Difficulty navigating the health care system and long wait times have a negative impact on patients’ health and on family, provider and caregiver well-being.
- The system is already facing capacity pressures and it does not have the appropriate mix of services, beds or digital tools to be ready for the expected increase in complex care needs.
- More effective coordination at the system level and at the point-of-care would make the system more efficient and achieve better value for taxpayer money.
- have the right to be informed of the reasons for the collection, use and disclosure of your personal health information;
- refuse or give or withdraw consent to the collection, use or disclosure of your personal health information, except in certain circumstances;
This matters because electronic medical record (EMR) companies are selling our data to the United States.
Full report at //bit.ly/2EpGQz1
HOW “SAFE SUPPLY” IS DEFINED Safe supply refers to a legal and regulated supply of drugs with mind/body altering properties that traditionally have been accessible only through the illicit drug market. Drugs included are opioids such as heroin, stimulants such as cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, hallucinogens such as MDMA and LSD, and marijuana.
The iglou [not an igloo] is made out of Styrofoam pieces and lined with aluminum for fire resistance and heat retention. The 3 pieces are stackable and easily transportable. They only cost 250 Euros in France partly because of volunteer and community support! The plans are available for free to qualified people they “think are competent to carry the project in their countries. Simply send a CV/resume here: email@example.com“. A shelter alternative. Big tents or small iglous or housing?
Lauren Pelley CBC News Feb 26, 2019 bit.ly/2EbUogg
As the city develops a new 10-year housing plan, board of health chair Joe Cressy is calling for that planning to happen through a public health lens — with a focus on building more supportive housing for people with mental health and addiction issues.
One 2018 report using data from The Access Point, the coordinated access system for supportive housing in Toronto, stressed the demand for supportive housing “far outstrips supply,” with more than 4,000 new applicants over a recent two-year period and fewer than 600 placements.
– Shelley Ann Morris lives in Ottawa. As told to Wency Leung
[Bulletin – the person with a cellphone is having trouble moving through space and creating problems for the person with a so called disability!]
I use a white cane, and when you’re born with this condition, it’s just natural that you learn to walk with a cane and travel quite confidently….
But I’m relying on people to see me. And it doesn’t always happen that way.
We think of distracted drivers, but we don’t think of distracted pedestrians – and they can be just as dangerous.
I love when people say, “I didn’t see you.” Well. You do have to have a good sense of humour.
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