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Globally, billions of dollars in public funds have been committed for COVID-19 vaccine development. It’s crucial that the resulting vaccine be accessible to all. (Shutterstock)

Coronavirus vaccine must be affordable and accessible

Canada is investing millions to develop COVID-19 treatments, but there are no safeguards to ensure that those vaccines and medications will be affordable and accessible to the people who need them.
Pharmacists receive no financial incentive to counsel patients about how to take their medicines. That needs to change. from www.shutterstock.com

Pay pharmacists to improve our health, not just supply medicines

Pharmacies are paid a set amount to dispense most medicines, so the more they dispense, the greater their income. But there's a better way to pay pharmacists and improve health care at the same time.
Crowdfunding platforms could create opportunities to partner individual campaigns with philanthropic organizations that address background causes of health-care gaps. (Shutterstock)

Medical crowdfunding supports the wealthy and endangers privacy – here’s how to make it more ethical

Medical crowdfunding raises billions of dollars annually -- mostly for those who already have good jobs and own their own homes.
A few woefully underfunded academic health sciences centres are responsible for providing complex care to patients with life-threatening illnesses as well as training future doctors and testing the latest in new surgical techniques. (Shutterstock)

Why we need academic health science centres

Canada's systems of health funding, medical training and physician compensation need an overhaul – to support vital centres of medical research and complex care.
The latest snapshot of Australian health funding reveals who’s footing the bill, among other worrying health statistics. from www.shutterstock.com

Sobering health stats in latest Productivity Commission report

The latest Productivity Commission health report reveals some serious problems with out-of-pocket health expenses as well as disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health.
Classifying e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy could help the tobacco industry influence health policy. from www.shutterstock.com

How e-cigarettes could ‘health wash’ the tobacco industry

Classing e-cigarettes as quit smoking aids could help rebrand the tobacco industry as a legitimate player in health policy. Here's why we should be concerned.
South African HIV rights group, the Treatment Action Campaign, marching through Durban, calling for antiretroviral access for all. International AIDS Society/Rogan Ward

It will take more than $36 billion every year to end AIDS

Current epidemiological and financial trends suggest there's a major risk of a substantial shortfall in the funds required to sustain life-saving antiretroviral programmes.

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