Nadia Alam
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I am a small-town family physician and anesthesiologist currently working out of Georgetown, Ontario. I have worked in many hospitals across Ontario. I am a happy mother of four. I am wife to my best friend. I am friend to some, critic to others, and sarcastic mocker of all.

Although I am new to blogging, I am no stranger to writing. I have been writing stories since I was a child. Writing helps me to clarify my perspective on the world -- and for that reason alone, I will always come back to it.

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Ontario Liberals Think Doctors Are Guilty Until Proven Innocent

(42) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 12:23 PM

"I won't accept new patients if Bill 87 passes. I can't take the risk," a colleague said.

"I don't know how to examine patients if Bill 87 passes," another added.

"I will leave medicine if Bill 87 passes. I can't be a good doctor if I'm scared of patients," a...

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How Media Shapes Government Priorities

(10) Comments | Posted February 24, 2017 | 10:49 AM

Just the other day, my seven-year-old son piped up: "Mommy I wanna be a doctor when I grow up."

Immediately I thought, "No."

I've thought a lot about the reasons behind my knee-jerk response. After all, I love being a doctor. It's a privilege and it grounds me: the routine...

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Liberals Say They Want To Talk With Ontario Doctors. Do They Mean It?

(18) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 4:51 PM

Police, firefighters, paramedics and other provincial doctor associations all use binding interest arbitration to ensure that if there is ever an issue during negotiations, there is a built-in mechanism to keep the process fair -- for both sides. The one essential service missing from this list are Ontario's...

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Bob Rae Dismissing Ontario Health-Care Crisis Is Flat-Out Dangerous

(47) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 2:51 PM

I am one of many doctors raising the alarm on Ontario's health-care crisis. And I'm worried that nobody's listening.

What's worse, Bob Rae, an infamous NDP/Liberal political leader, tweeted dismissively about the crisis. It's shocking that he took something as complex as a broken health-care system and twisted...

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Jim Is Every Patient Ontario's Health-Care System Has Failed

(22) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 11:23 AM

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"Jim" Remmelt Andela. (Photo courtesy of Andela family, used with permission.)

In the quintessential Canadian story, "Jim" Remmelt Andela immigrated to Ontario in 1952 from Holland. He worked as a farmhand, learned to read, married and had five kids.

Jim became my...

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Ontario Doctors Are Fed Up With The Province's Sham Negotiations

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2016 | 3:48 PM

Two weeks before Christmas and just as Queen's Park Legislature stops all business until February 2017, Ontario's minister of health lobbed an explosive proposal at doctors in the province. Though Ontario's physicians have been working without a contract since March 2014, the government's latest PR stunt was met...

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Ontario Doctors Like Me Won't Play Along With Patients First Act

(14) Comments | Posted December 9, 2016 | 1:51 PM

Bill 41, the Patients First Act, became law on Dec. 7, 2016 -- an announcement met with disappointment and even outright anger by front-line doctors across Ontario.

So much anger that, with the support of the Ontario Medical Association, doctor after doctor after doctor, from all...

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Ontario's Patients First Act Puts Patients Last

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2016 | 12:26 PM

Despite vocal opposition by doctors, the provincial Liberals are barrelling ahead with Bill 41, the Patients First Act, in a misguided attempt to fix Ontario's healthcare woes.

The healthcare system is broken, leaving doctors craving healthcare reform. Ontario funds an inadequate number of medical services for an...

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Ontario Has Too Many Patients And Too Few Resources

(17) Comments | Posted October 6, 2016 | 2:57 PM

I ran to the Code Blue: a woman, 60's, just diagnosed with metastatic cancer, was found unresponsive -- in other words, dead.

With seconds to act, somehow, we brought her back and hooked her up to life support. This was a rural Ontario hospital so we initiated the transfer process...

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This Is The Price Of Waiting For The Ontario Liberals

(21) Comments | Posted September 19, 2016 | 4:58 PM

"Question period is theatre." Apparently, so is governing the province.

Premier Kathleen Wynne's approval rating sits at a dismal 16 per cent. Her party has been dogged by scandals and misdemeanours over their 13-year tenure.

Even her choice to prorogue Legislature, wiping the slate clean...

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Navigating Uncertainty In The New Ontario Physicians Deal

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2016 | 2:58 PM

Tension is mounting as physicians around the province count down the days to the binding vote on the proposed doctor deal. Those firmly in the Yes camp and No camp have submitted votes by proxy. What remains are the Undecided.

Hour by hour, more drama unfolds as the OMA ramps...

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Stop The Spin And Let Ontario Doctors Vote Their Conscience

(6) Comments | Posted August 3, 2016 | 11:36 AM

The outcry against the Ontario Medical Association just got louder over the Civic Holiday long weekend.

To set the scene: two years of bitter impasse finally broke with a tentative agreement between the OMA and the Ministry of Health. Instead of open arms, the proposed contract was...

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Get Mad About The Ontario Liberals' Controversial Doctor Deal

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 2:20 PM

I believe in democracy: elected officials -- whether in government or representative organizations -- should and must be the voice of their people.

I also believe that elected officials should respect their electorate. Ordinary people who vote them into power can just as quickly strip them of it. A...

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Disclosing Physician Billings Tells An Utterly Incomplete Story

(15) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 11:05 AM

When it comes to disclosure of physician billings, everyone has an opinion: nurses, patient advocates, politicians, even journalists.

Proponents say disclosure creates transparency and social accountability. They point to the Sunshine List: Ontario's catalog of public sector...

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Confessions Of A Doctor On The Brink Of Burnout

(13) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 6:09 PM

Dread and despair, uncertainty and panic ebb and flow around thoughts of my medical career.

Most days clamour with stories of clinics closing, physicians leaving and patients dying on waitlists -- all flatly ignored by provincial leaders.

Some days, I even want to quit. After...

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Ontario's Health Minister Is A Master Of Misdirection

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 3:20 PM

Much as I want a fair contract, I don't trust Health Minister Eric Hoskins' latest salvo.
For one, it comes on the heels of a press conference denouncing physicians for providing too many patient services, services that the government then had to pay. Hoskins...

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Ontario Politics, Propaganda And The Potential For Change

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 3:28 PM

I used to believe the job of politicians was to represent. To give voice to the everyday person, especially the vulnerable and powerless. To set aside ego and serve the greater good.

But everyone says: politics is a dirty game. Honest folk become less so once they step into the...

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Physician Protests Against Liberal Cuts Have Made Me An Activist

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 11:22 AM

On a cold, blustery January afternoon, doctors from as far as Kingston, Barrie and Milton drove down to stand in protest with colleagues, patients and MPPs. I was one of the 200 demonstrators challenging the Liberals' unilateral actions.

It was my first protest ever. I listened to...

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Physician Pay Cuts Are Closing Clinics Right Now

(12) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 11:04 AM

"'Fool' for a Health Minister" reads the headline splashed across the front page of the Toronto Sun on Nov. 1, 2015.

The Wynne government has certainly made more than its share of foolish mistakes. Refusing to grant physicians binding arbitration is arguably their biggest. It is ridiculous...

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Health Care Gets Harder When Politicians Make Medical Decisions

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 5:17 PM

The current Ontario government is precipitating a health care crisis. What's worse is that the government has anesthetized the public by diverting all focus onto physician income.

Ask yourself: which story is more publicized -- so-called greedy physicians or a health care system choking on bureaucratic red tape? In...

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