We hope you’ve gotten your measles shot recently, as Canada is currently in the midst of a mini-revival of the potentially fatal disease.
Measles affects about 20 million people a year. Usually, those who are affected live in developing areas of the third world, such as Africa or Asia. Sadly though, Measles is experiencing a bit of a come back.
On this date, exactly one year ago, Justin Trudeau’s legalization of cannabis finally took effect across Canada. To celebrate, Montreal’s own Molson has planned to put their cannabis-infused beverages on shop shelves by the end of the year.
The brewing company, which was founded by John Molson in 1786, promised some time ago to deliver one of Canada’s first drinkable cannabis beverages.
Molson, and their partner HEXO, have confirmed that they have successfully developed six different weed drinks. They are all supposed to be launched in cannabis stores in December.
Molson and their partners have not stated whether the drink will be similar to beer.
A new website, Ehealthsask.ca has just been launched allowing Saskatchewan residents online access to a variety of personal health info.
To register, users will simply need to be over the age of 18, have a Saskatchewan health card and an SGI driver’s license or a piece of photo ID. The site offers a secure portal for a variety of health records and lab results.
Warren Kaeding, the Rural and Remote Health Minister released a statement saying that “This is a game-changer, giving patients the information they need to play an active role in their health care.” Adding that “Some provinces that offer similar programs have delays built in so that people have to wait to see their personal health information, and some provinces only provide limited lab results or require people to have a family physician in order to sign up.”
The website also has a suite of features to help users monitor their personal health. They can do this by adding personal health information to generate reports and can set up medication and appointment reminders all through the website. It also offers history of hospital and clinic visits to users. The site even offers users the ability to upload information from personal health devices such as the Fitbit line of devices.
The site claims to host a bevy of benefits for users
“Having quick and easy access to your personal health information may help you to be more:
- Proactive in managing chronic conditions and your overall health
- Informed to make better decisions about your health and care
- Engaged with health care providers
- Prepared when travelling”
President and CEO Michael Green of Canada Health Infoway, a non-profit company that helped design the site had this to say to Global News: “Patients and the health system will see significant benefits from things like fewer unnecessary phone calls and less time taken off work for routine medical appointments. More importantly, greater access to information empowers patients to be more active participants in their care, and that can result in better health outcomes.”
The province ensures users that all information on the site will be secure through a secure login. Whether other provinces will follow suit in making health records more accessible is unknown.
STIs are on the rise in Canada, and it may be due to the fact that Canadian women aren’t using protection.
According to research by Trojan along with the University of Guelph and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN), found that the youth of today aren’t using the latex when it gets down to the dirty.
The survey did indicate that this could mean they were using other forms of birth control such as the pill, but does also point out that condoms are the only form of birth control that are effective in controlling the spread of STD’s.
“Given the very high rates of STIs in this age group combined with low rates of condom use, we need to raise awareness among Canadian college and university students about STIs and the need to increase safer sex practices,” said Dr. Alex McKay, executive director of SIECCAN, in a statement.
This study was made up of over 1400 Canadian university students, in which 25 percent of female respondents said they “always” use a condom, with 28 percent of men saying the same. Twenty-six percent of women said they “never” use condoms, while 16 percent of men said the same.
How does this hold up to previous years, though? Well, Statistics Canada’s 2009 study found that 68 percent of students between the ages of 15 and 24 said they used condoms the last time they had sex, an upward tick from that same question asked in 2003.
From all the data that’s been gathered, though, experts do conclude that Canadians should wrap it up to prevent the alarming uptick that’s been taken place across the country.
The Liberals recently announced their plan to implement universal pharmacare across Canada.
This isn’t a new plan. The Liberals announced the same plan 22 years ago too, then, they didn’t deliver on it.
Many pundits are suggesting that this election promise may be as empty as the one made 22 years ago.
Experts claim that the Liberal Pharmacare plan is neither well-funded nor well-detailed.
Jonathan Gatehouse from CBC claims, “Filling the gaps in Canada’s health care system will take billions of dollars more than the Liberals have put on the table.”
Victoria Gibson from iPolitics says, “Asked by a reporter about the discrepancy between his $6 billion commitment and the PBO’s estimate, Trudeau did not give a clear answer.”
It seems to be a recurring theme: climate change, cellphone costs, and now pharmacare.
There is no timeline, no real estimates, and no details.
The NDP’s press release responded to the development of this story with the following statement:
“Just six days after telling Canadians he would bring in pharmacare, Justin Trudeau has completely abandoned Canadians struggling with the cost of prescription drugs.”
The Liberals had tasked an advisory council to look into the costs for universal pharmacare. The results were staggering.
To implement a watered-down version, the government would have to spend $4.1 billion in 2022. The full version could inflate the price tag to $15.3 billion by 2027.
Michael Law, an associate professor of public health at the University of British Columbia, said, “what they [the Liberals] are currently proposing to spend is nowhere near what they would have to spend to set up a national pharmacare program.”