Our hospitals and prisons are failing because we’re using them to house people instead of to help them

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  • Casey says:

    Something to add…

    Marginalized populations that get turned away from hospitals end up in lower-end hotels and short term rentals.

    Now with Toronto cracking down on these establishments, many will likely be sold to developers and/or repurposed.

    This will add to the homelessness on the streets.

  • Emmanuel says:

    No argument about this article at all. The thing is healthcare is profitable. People make money of sick people. Sad. But the reality.

  • Judi MCEACHREN RN says:

    Well said .
    Very true .
    History has an amazing accuracy of repeating itself if nothing changes.
    We must break the cycles.
    Addictions Nursing

  • Beryl Ben-reuven says:

    So now what does one do. It’s been a problem for a long time. Is anyone listening. How can some action take place.

  • gargi bhatia says:

    great article Sabrina and so true

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  • Mike Fraumeni says:

    Excellent read and I couldn’t agree more. The problem is systemic no question and needs much more than band-aid “solutions” as it seems currently is the situation. It’s not fair to those that are on waiting lists for prisons and hospitals that actually have a condition that is meant to be addressed by prisons and hospitals as to what their actual mission and purpose is in the first place.


Dara Gordon


Dara Gordon studied at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Sabrina Feldman


Sabrina Feldman is a criminal justice lawyer in Toronto.

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