Shingles Vaccine Free for Ontario Seniors

Date: January 5, 2017 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

December 29, 2016 9:00 A.M Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ontario is reminding seniors who are turning 65 in 2017 that, starting January 1, they will be eligible to get the shingles vaccine free of charge, saving them approximately $170 and helping them stay healthy. Seniors aged 65 to 70 can get the vaccine from their doctor or nurse practitioner. The vaccine greatly reduces the risk of developing shingles. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, affects more than 42,000 people...

Patients First Act discussion on TVO's "The Agenda" Tonight

Date: January 5, 2017 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

The Agenda with Steve Paikin is TVO's flagship current affairs program. It engages public-minded individuals in current affairs and social issues in an absorbing and insightful manner, and in the medium of their choosing. Patients Canada appeared on TVO's "The Agenda with Steve Paikin” on January 3rd 2017 to discuss Bill 41, The Patients First Act.  View "The Agenda with Steve Paikin"     As you may have seen, before the passing of Bill 41, Patients Canada presented...

Health Accord Discord on 50th Anniversary of Medicare

Date: January 5, 2017 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

An excellent backgrounder assembled by the Council of Canadians on Health Accord negotiations at: Click here for the Ontario government news release: Provincial and Territorial Finance and Health Ministers Seek Fair and Sustainable Health Funding Partnership with the Federal Government

New Year’s Resolution 2017!

Date: December 22, 2016 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

New Year’s Resolution 2017! By Elizabeth Nykorowytsch Macnab, BA, CHRP, CHRL Did you make a New Year Resolutions that you intend to keep? Is it traditional –be more active, eat nutritionally well or something else? Most people do not think of getting involved as one of their Resolutions. As more of us are retiring, we need to think of making sure we train the next generation of seniors to continue to bring about change. In preparation to retire smartly, OSSCO is offering 2 retirement...

Patients First Bill puts Bureaucracy first 

Date: December 20, 2016 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

The Government of Ontario recently passed Bill 41, also known as the Patients First Act on December 7th, 2016.  Before the passing of Bill 41, a number of organizations and individuals presented their concerns before a legislative committee made up of the three Ontario political parties. Please find below Patients Canada's presentation on the Patients First Act:  View Patients Canada's presentation  Also, please find below Ted Ball's presentation on the Patients First Act. ...

[OHC] As Trudeau meets with Premiers OHC calls for both sides to forge Health Accord in public interest

Date: December 20, 2016 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

As Prime Minister Trudeau meets with First Ministers, Health Coalition calls for both sides to give ground to forge a new Health Accord in the public interest Ottawa – In advance of tonight’s dinner discussion on health care between the provincial-territorial Premiers and the Prime Minister, the Ontario Health Coalition called out both sides for their intransigence and advocated a new Health Accord forged in the public interest.  For full media release please click  

OANHSS Announces New Chief Executive Officer

Date: December 20, 2016 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

Toronto, ON (December 13, 2016) – The Board of Directors of the Ontario Association of NonProfit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Catharine Gapp as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 9, 2017. For full media release please click:

Fraser Institute's wait-time survey: Does it still count if most doctors ignored it?

Date: December 8, 2016 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

Only around 20% of doctors responded to questionnaire Excerpt from CBC News by Kelly Crowe,  Fill out this survey and have a chance to win $2,000 — that's the annual enticement from the Fraser Institute, an offer made to thousands of doctors whose names appeared on a mailing list. But it wasn't tempting enough to get doctors to participate. No medical oncologists in Saskatchewan, Manitoba or New Brunswick took the bait.   Zero responses came back from radiation oncologists in New...

100 patients, families & concerned residents brought msg opposing mega-merger to Legislature

Date: December 8, 2016 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

Toronto/Durham— Last week, the Wynne government used extraordinary powers to order the forced merger of the hospitals in Durham and Scarborough. The merger will cost almost $50 million of dollars, taking this money away from patient care. In Durham side of the merger, the Ajax-Pickering Hospital will be taken over by Lakeridge Health and the community will lose all remaining control over the future of their local hospital. The community has fundraised for and built that hospital since...

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