Canada has Mixed Wait Time Results in Health Care

May 27, 2015 12:35 pm
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We need governments to promote best practices across the country and improve patient outcomes Wait times have long been a source of concern for Canadians, and in some jurisdictions, remain a significant problem. Recently the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) released its report for 2015. There is both encouraging […]

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Is it Fair to Make a Public Appeal for a Live Organ Donor?

May 25, 2015 1:18 pm
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The public response to the appeal on behalf of Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team, for a liver donor has been a heart-warming demonstration of the generosity of our community. Fortunately, a donor was found and the transplant was performed in time to save his life. But […]

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Pharmacare is Good for Business

May 5, 2015 10:00 am
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Repeatedly over the past 50 years, national commissions and inquiries have recommended that Canadian medicare include universal, public coverage of prescription drugs. So far, no government has acted on this, creating profound inequities and inefficiencies in our health care system. But more than that: the lack of universal pharmacare is […]

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Is It Finally Time for a National Drug Plan?

April 28, 2015 11:06 am
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A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. Indeed, such a plan reduces public and private spending on prescription drugs by $7.3 billion annually – or by […]

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Five Things Everyone Should Know about the Relationship Between Poverty and Health in Canada

April 27, 2015 11:05 am
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With a federal election on the horizon, certain high level policy topics are bound to make the headlines beyond the personalities of the political leaders: the economy, energy prices, jobs prospects even climate change. But what seems surprisingly absent from the political hustings so far has been a fulsome discussion […]

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How to Make the Social Determinants of Health Matter

April 23, 2015 11:00 am
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An Interview with Sir Michael Marmot Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. The meeting was organized by the Canadian, British and World Medical Associations […]

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How a Made-in-BC Strategy Could Bring an End to AIDS in Canada

April 10, 2015 12:01 pm
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Canadians are rightly proud of the universal coverage provided by our national health care system. Sadly, there are gaps in access with very grave consequences. In regions across the country, care and treatment is failing to reach those living with HIV. Saskatchewan is among a number of regions in Canada, […]

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Ambulance Fees are an Obstacle on the Road to Care

April 7, 2015 11:57 am
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Imagine you’re a physician seeing a six month old child in clinic. She has a fever and cough, she’s working hard to breathe and her oxygen levels are falling. You know she needs assessment in the emergency room and requires transportation in an ambulance in case her condition worsens en route. […]

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Putting Healthcare on the Federal Election Agenda

March 30, 2015 10:30 am
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A federal election could be called any time in the next few months, judging by the media coverage and the ramping up of political activity. Many issues have been crowding into the media headlines in anticipation of the election — but with a notable absence of any consideration of healthcare […]

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Growing Income Gap Poses a Health Risk to All

March 26, 2015 12:35 pm
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Certain Canadian commentators are bringing forth a strange critique of public health, suggesting that physicians and public health experts, charged with caring for the health of Canadians, should not concern themselves with the root causes of illness and stick to a narrow range of health interventions. Fortunately, Canadian health experts […]

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Time for Improved Transparency and Openness in Pharmaceutical Drug Regulation

March 16, 2015 10:32 am
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Prescription pharmaceuticals have saved and improved many lives, but they can also be deadly. How can we make sure Canadians get the prescription drugs they need without causing unnecessary harm? The federal government plays a vital role in pharmaceutical drug regulation. We have many reasons to be proud of the […]

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Getting a Grip on the Risks of Vaccination

March 9, 2015 1:02 pm
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Every day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumor resection, I have a full discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks […]

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Teaching Consent and Ending Sexual Assault

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Listening to and investing in young women can help end barriers for assault survivors getting help The Ontario premier recently promised Lia Valente and Tessa Hill, two young grade eight students who gathered some 40,000 names on a petition, that the province’s new sex-ed curriculum will contain a surprising new […]

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Double-Failing on Health

March 6, 2015 10:27 am
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Why it is critical we learn from past healthcare mistakes Forty is the new thirty. Orange is the new black. And Failure is the new success. It seems these days that no success story is complete without a failure (or two) along the way: the bankruptcy that gave birth to […]

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When is it Okay for Doctors to Let Someone Die?

March 4, 2015 11:30 am
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End-of-life care in Canada needs another look The long overdue public, medical, legal and political debate on end-of-life care is now well underway in Canada. Medical journals and the general press are commenting regularly on the subject, the Canadian Medical Association is changing its ethics guidelines, Quebec has decriminalized assisted […]

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Drug Treatment for Female Sexuality not about Equality but Profits

March 3, 2015 10:03 am
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We have come a long way, baby. Eighty-five years ago, on October 18, 1929, women were declared “persons” in Canada. Women in Canada became eligible to be appointed to the Canadian Senate, which up to that time, had been the sole dominion of men because women were not deemed ‘persons’ […]

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Are We Medicalizing Healthy People?

March 2, 2015 10:33 am
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Why the over-treatment of risk factors for heart attacks and strokes may do more harm than good Modern medical practice is engaged in a battle, not for hearts and minds, but for the conversion of perfectly healthy people into patients, labelled “at high risk” of various diseases in the name […]

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