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Canadian Health Care Is Failing Our Refugees

Y. Y. Brandon Chen | Posted 05.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Y. Y. Brandon Chen

Because of the cuts in previous years, many walk-in clinics, pharmacies and specialists continue to deny services to refugees and refugee claimants based on the false assumption that they are not covered.

Is It Possible To Rebuild Trust Between Doctors And The Ontario Liberals?

Nadia Alam | Posted 05.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

A breakthrough in negotiations has Premier Kathleen Wynne sounding optimistic about an eventual deal with doctors. Yet doctors in Ontario remain thoughtful and wary after a hard-fought battle for Binding Arbitration. Look around. The health-care system is broken.

What Australia Could Teach Canada About Health Care

Stephen Duckett | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Politics
Stephen Duckett

A recent conference in Toronto addressed whether Australia has anything to teach Canada about how Canadian medicare might evolve. There are a number of areas where Australia's experience might prove helpful. The first is the public funding of pharmaceuticals.

Ontario Must Think Like A Business To Keep Youth Pharmacare Costs Down

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

The Ontario Liberals have just announced a pharmacare plan targeted at youths aged 25 and under which will provide full coverage for a wide range of prescription drugs. This is welcome news, to be sure. But we must ensure that policies enacted today carry forward to the longer-term goal of equitable and cost-effective health care.

A New Day For The Ontario Medical Association

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

This past weekend, the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), held its bi-annual council meeting. The council is the governing body of the OMA and sets policy for the organization. It was clear from the enthusiasm and the passion exhibited that the OMA has turned a new leaf.

4 Reasons Canada Needs Universal Pharmacare Now

Steve Morgan | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Several national commissions on Canada's health care system have recommended adding prescription drugs to our publicly funded universal medicare system. No federal government has ever acted on those recommendations. Not yet, anyhow. By creating 'pharmacare-junior,' Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins are in essence calling on the federal government to help finish the job and create a pharmacare program for all Canadians of all ages.

How Much Health Care Is Too Much?

Wendy Levinson | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Wendy Levinson

Unnecessary care could be a prescription drug, a diagnostic test or a medical procedure that does not improve a patient's health outcomes and is not backed by the best available evidence. It may also involve risks and harmful side-effects. In other words, this is medical care that offers no value to patients and strains health care resources.

How Long Is Too Long To Wait In An Emergency Room?

Alan Katz | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Living
Alan Katz

Emergency department wait times are a matter of concern for many Canadians. We wonder if we, or our loved ones, will have to wait in pain or discomfort for hours before being seen. Or if a life-threatening condition could get worse while we wait.

Are We Becoming Increasingly Inconsiderate?

Robert Waite | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Living
Robert Waite

I could understand people bailing out on a root canal; but do people really bail out on a chance to savor fresh grilled swordfish at Toronto's Scaramouche or truffles at Ottawa's Beckta? Apparently they do, not only at those two fine restaurants, but at establishments from one end of the country to the other.

A Wave Of Change In Ontario Health Care

Michelle Cohen | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

The government can no longer cling to the falsehood that loud, angry doctors are just tiny splinter group, trying to whip up trouble in name of a bigger pay cheque. The majority of doctors are unhappy with this government and unhappy with the direction of health care. If two critical votes with large voter turnout can't convince you that doctors are pushing for health care reform, then you are relying on alternative facts to bolster your misconception.

Abolishing Quebec Medical User Fees A Step Toward Fairer System

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

It's a good news story in many ways. Abolishing these user fees puts an end to an unfair and inefficient system where money or private health insurance allowed one to jump the queue and get in front of the line, regardless of whether they had more urgent medical needs.

It's Time For Us To Be Honest About Our Own Mental Health

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Ingrid Bergman

In teachers' college, I had an excellent professor who talked about removing oneself from a situation before it became critically difficult to deal with. I'll call it the 60 per cent rule, although he may have given a different number. Don't wait until you are at 99 per cent of what you can handle, when you are dealing with other people.

Why Are Physicians Being Labelled Right-Wing Radicals?

Michelle Cohen | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

If we are ever going to resolve the doctors' struggle with the government and the broken health care system all around us, we are going to have to look past simplistic right vs. left narratives and deal with some hard and complex truths.

Addressing The Major Drivers Of Opioid Misuse And Overdose

Vivian Tam | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Vivian Tam

There are many reasons to explain the overuse of opioids, and as future physicians, we are aware that inappropriate prescribing practices are a clear and studied culprit. Yet for many of our patients across the country, there is more to the story.

Should Our Health Care System Be Ageist?

Kenneth Rockwood | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Kenneth Rockwood

The complexity of ageing arises because, as we age, we are more likely to have more than one illness and to take more than one medication. And as we age, the illnesses that we have are more likely to restrict how we live -- not just outright disability, but in our moving more slowly, or taking care in where we walk, or what we wear or where we go.

Want To Feel Lucky? Watch The American Health Care Debate

Danielle Martin | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Danielle Martin

As his first act in office, Donald Trump signed an executive order, taking the first step to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With the stroke of a pen, 20 million Americans may soon find themselves without health insurance.

Ballooning Wait Times Have Dashed My Hopes Of A Pain-Free Life

Angela Hartlin | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

When patients aren't receiving the care they need and their condition worsens, it takes more taxpayer money to attempt to treat them. The irreparable damage caused by this negligence in the system affects families, communities and the local economy.

Dealing With Canada's Rising Opioid Problem

Kim Rutherford | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada
Kim Rutherford

Across Canada, the tragic spike in opioid-related deaths has brought to national attention the large and complex issue of drug use and misuse. As fentanyl-related overdoses are gripping the country, there is a connected, but separate crisis of doctor-prescribed opioids being increasingly used on a regular, long-term basis.

Reducing Gap Between Research And Practice A National Priority

Daniel Niven | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Daniel Niven

Not many patients would be happy to hear that there's a lag of about 17 years between when health scientists learn something of significance through rigorous research and when health practitioners change their patient care as a result, but that's what a now-famous study from the Institute of Medicine uncovered in 2001.

We Need To Change How We Educate Our Health Experts

Stephen Bornstein | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Business
Stephen Bornstein

Over the last several decades, a wide number of studies from experts inside and outside of Canada have pointed out the gap between the current performance of our health system and the level of performance we should be able to expect.

Ontario Health Care Leaving Poor And Immigrants Behind

Tara Kiran | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Tara Kiran

Primary care is considered the front door to our health-care system. Whether you're going for a general check-up or have just been diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor makes sure you get the tests, treatment and care you need. But not all family practices in Ontario are created equal.

Examining Ontario's Fertility Program: One Year Later

Dr. Art Leader | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Art Leader

December 21, 2016 marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Ontario Fertility Program. Designed to improve access to assisted reproduction technologies for the one in six Ontarians living with infertility, the program contributes to the medical costs required for procedures such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), fertility preservation (FP) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

More Discord Between Ontario Physicians And Province

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

For Christmas, all Ontario doctors asked for was a brief respite from the toxic relationship between them and the Ontario Government of Premier Kathleen Wynne. They realized it would be too much to ask for an acceptable Physician Services Agreement after three years without one, but a couple of weeks without internecine politicking would have been welcome this holiday season.

A Talk With Your Doctor Can Be Healthier Than Unneeded Treatment

Lynn Wilson | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Lynn Wilson

When I see patients, I try to understand what underlies their concerns, and how I can provide reassurance. And reassurance doesn't always come from ordering a test or treatment. In fact, sometimes a test or treatment may not be needed and can lead to harm.

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

Nadia Alam | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Ontario needs genuine health-system reform. Instead we get the Patients First Act. Doctors are hopping mad. So we are turning our backs on those who willfully ignore our warnings and our advice. They will now stand alone as their committees waste more time and taxpayer money on a sketchy health-care "transformation."