Enforcement of binary gender norms has led to unwanted medical interventions on intersex and cisgender children.
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The first transgender medical clinic opened in the US in the 1960s. But cisgender and intersex children began receiving similar treatments even earlier – often without their consent.
‘One-stop-shops’ that offer health services, advice and information can be great for self-care. But what about when big corporate players enter the game?
When ambulances are delayed at overcrowded hospitals because they can’t offload patients, it means they can’t respond to emergency calls and people wait longer for paramedics to arrive.
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Ambulance response times have not always met targets, but the alarming new pinch point in our health-care system is that there are no ambulances at all available to respond to calls.
Immigrant women working in the care sector do the essential work many Canadians rely on, but low wages mean many need to work past retirement age.
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Immigrant care workers are having to work into retirement age to make ends meet. The Canadian government must do more to support them.
Ontario’s push to for-profit surgical clinics is bad news for the non-profit public health-care system.
Ontario is significantly expanding the number and range of medical procedures performed in privately run clinics. Here’s why that’s so problematic.
Nurses of the University College Hospital protest in London on Feb. 6, 2023. The walkout is part of a wave of health worker strikes and demonstrations in recent months.
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U.K. health worker protests echo issues in Canada. They are also a harbinger of future labour disputes and systemic collapse if austerity, underinvestment and neglect of health workers continue.
Canada has a shortage of doctors. That’s why making it difficult for internationally trained doctors to practise here is so mystifying.
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Canada is sidelining qualified doctors while many Canadians struggle to find health care. Here’s what we can and must do better for internationally trained physicians.
COVID-19 emergency status prompted coordinated vaccination efforts by health care providers, paramedics, volunteers and others.
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President Joe Biden’s intention to end the national COVID-19 emergency will have long-lasting ripple effects on federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Exemptions from funding cuts are needed to ensure trans and non-binary people can get medical care.
The closure of the virtual Connect-Clinic means fewer trans and non-binary people will get the vital health-care services they need.
Support for use of health data is conditional on whether the use has public benefits.
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There are concerns about how health data are used, but research shows support for uses with public benefits by health-care providers, governments, health-system planners and university-based researchers.
Welfare services are essential for a healthy economy and productive population.
Amid further strain on public funding, we ask: What’s the future of the welfare state in developed and developing nations?
Admissions, a varied collection by writers with lived experience of mental illness, is confronting, challenging, often surprising – and open to interpretation.
People protest outside the Tendercare Living Centre long-term-care facility in Scarborough, Ont. during the COVID-19 pandemic in December 2020. This LTC home was hit hard by the second wave of COVID-19.
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Privatization is an idea that — like a zombie —just won’t die. It’s re-emerging with calls to solve the long-term care crisis with for-profit care homes. Evidence refutes the same old arguments.
Former Saskatchewan Premier and national New Democratic Party leader T.C. (Tommy) Douglas in 1965. Douglas was instrumental in the creation of Medicare.
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At the dawn of Medicare, Saskatchewan’s community co-op clinics pioneered team-based, holistic care. Now, with the health system in crisis 60 years later, it may be time to return to that care model.
For workers in long-term care homes, distress due to difficult working conditions is often dismissed as a part of the job description.
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The long-term care sector is currently being held together by a very vulnerable workforce, and is at risk of failing without immediate solutions.
As of Nov. 30, 2022, 62.5% of children and adolescents are unvaccinated against COVID-19.
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Nurses who identify as Democrats have a significantly higher likelihood of having their children vaccinated against COVID-19 than those who identify as Republicans.
Will precarious alternative forms of work, like gig platform jobs, become the norm for immigrant care workers?
Alternative working arrangements like gig platforms might help immigrant workers find temporary work, but many care professionals are still unable to find permanent jobs in their industry.
RSV is the leading cause for hospital stays in infants in developed countries.
As visits to emergency departments surge — and in some cases overwhelm hospitals — here are answers to frequently asked questions about Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
Over the past month, clinics have seen a surge of sick children presenting with RSV, the flu and other viruses.
Family physicians are on the frontline of health care, and their observations and support can help us get through the upcoming winter season.
Gender-diverse adults have a harder time getting effective primary and preventive health care than their nontransgender counterparts.
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From primary care to cancer screening and insurance coverage, gender-diverse people still face many hurdles to getting good medical care.