WHO-OHCHR launches new guidance to improve laws addressing human rights abuses in mental health care

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) are jointly launching new guidance, entitled “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”, to support countries to reform legislation in order to end human rights abuses and increase access to quality mental health care.

Human rights abuses and coercive practices in mental health care, supported by existing legislation and policies, are still far too common. Involuntary hospitalization and treatment, unsanitary living conditions and physical, psychological, and emotional abuse characterize many mental health services across the world.

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Ontario family refuses to pay hospital bill

A southwestern Ontario woman has received an $8,400 bill from a hospital in Windsor, Ont., after she refused to put her mother in a nursing home she hated — and she says she has no intention of paying it.

Michele Campeau and her 83-year-old mother, Ruth Poupard, are caught up in a relatively new law that allows hospitals to place discharged patients into nursing homes not of their choosing in order to free up beds. If patients refuse to move, they face a fine of $400 per day as they remain in the hospital.

The bill came from Hotel-Dieu Grace

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Governor Healey wants Steward Health Care out of Massachusetts – NBC Boston

The office of Gov. Maura Healey said Friday that the embattled Steward Health Care system has to get out of Massachusetts.

“The financial information that Steward provided this week continues to be incomplete and insufficient. “What Stewards must do from this point forward is clear – complete an orderly transition out of Massachusetts,” said the governor’s office in a statement Friday.

Elected officials have been pressuring Steward, the owner of nine health care facilities across the state, including Carney Hospital in Dorchester, to turn over its financial records. But so far, the Dallas-based company has failed to do so.

The

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A Windfall in Health Insurance Rebates? It’s Not as Crazy as It Sounds

“Americans will get $1.1 B in rebates from health insurance companies this year cuz of a provision I wrote in the ACA.”

Former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), in a tweet on May 17, 2023

Former Democratic Sen. Al Franken tweeted recently that Americans will receive “$1.1 B in rebates from health insurance companies this year” because of a provision he wrote into the Affordable Care Act.

The tweets prompted many comments, including some people who said they had never seen such a check from their insurers. That got us wondering: Is Franken’s tweet correct

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It’s time to sign up for health insurance. Here’s what to know about your options in NH.

Nov. 1 is the start of the annual open enrollment period, when people without employer-sponsored health insurance can shop for subsidized coverage on the individual marketplace.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department says premiums for 2024 plans are up about 4% on average. But that doesn’t necessarily mean consumers will pay more.

While some plans’ premiums are up, others are down. And most people on the individual market qualify for federal subsidies, which can offset increases in premiums.

“Going into 2024, people are probably looking at a flat, to maybe lower costs, in their plans year over year, which is actually

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