Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 58, 2004, p.25-39
The article examines the extent to which people with mental health problems suffer from chronic poverty in Ontario. It explores how recent developments in the policy and provision of mental health care and social assistance have recognised and addressed the poverty experienced by people with mental illnesses and how poverty effects quality of life. Twenty-two people with serious mental illnesses were interviewed, all of whom experienced chronic poverty and were unable to meet their monthly needs. Poverty was shown to adversely affect participants' ability to build social relationships, cause low self-esteem and add to the social stigma of having a mental illness. The article concludes that although the ministry of health has identified income support as essential to a reformed mental health system, government policy has been to curb welfare spending and that this must change if mental health reforms are to succeed.
International Social Security Review, vol.57, Jan.-Mar.2004, p.3-18
Article outlines recent changes in the South Korean social insurance schemes offering protection against sickness, unemployment and old age. Goes on to describe various forms of fraud and cheating facing the new system of social insurance and the need for a form of joint management to minimise this hazard.
International Social Security Review, vol.57, Jan.-Mar.2004, p.85-103
Article emphasises the need to combine social security's redistributive and integrative functions on the basis of three principles:
If applied in all EU states, this approach would facilitate convergence among their social security systems.
M. Campolieti and H. Krashinsky
Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 29, 2003, p.417-430
Substitution, or overlapping beneficiaries, between social programmes which could have contributed to the growth of Canadian disability rolls, is caused by legislation that permits the receipt of benefits from multiple sources. The paper examines the effects of workers' compensation and welfare programmes on the growth in beneficiaries and expenditures of the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan disability support programme.