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Mary F. Hawkins

Health Features Writer

Mary F. Hawkins is the author of five books, her most recent, Talk to Your Doc, The Patient Guide (Self Counsel Press, 2015).  She is also the author of numerous print and online health articles.  All of her writing has involved medical and health research so the basis of her writing is sound in its information.  She is also a fiction writer of one children’s book, and is now in pursuit of a literary agent for two novels she has written.  Mary has been a Lecturer at the University of Ottawa since 1998 in the area of Communications.  Aside from these busy aspects of her life, she gives public speaking talks on communicating with your doctor to get the best of your health care.  She is looking forwarding to writing for Ottawa Life Magazine. (Photo by Jean Marc Carisse)
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The Things We Can Change

The Things We Can Change

It is clear that as a country with a universal health care system we are very fortunate. We can go to the family doctor and have our visit covered by provincial health care insurance. The same applies for most surgeries in every province. Yes, we are fortunate that we have a health system that provides [...]

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Double Check the Diagnosis

Double Check the Diagnosis

The other day I dropped by a café where I crossed paths with an old acquaintance. As we talked, she told me her business partner had died of cancer only a year earlier. Saddened for her, I asked her some details of his illness. He had complained of back pain to his GP several times over a few [...]

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Looking for a New Doctor

Looking for a New Doctor

Finding a new doctor involves a number of steps. First, you need to consider why you need a new doctor. Then you need to begin a broad search, contacting one or two doctor referral services, talking to friends, and tapping into other information resources. After you gather names of doctors taking [...]

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