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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."

Universal Pharmacare Would Make Medicine More Affordable In Canada

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

Why? Universal drug plans mean national bodies negotiate fairer prices for prescription drugs. The results are dramatic. So, while some critics claim that universal prescription drug insurance is a nice idea, but not affordable - it's very clear that universal prescription drug insurance is actually the key to affordability.

The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease For Canadian Health Care

Monika Dutt | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living
Monika Dutt

A Charter challenge is underway at the Supreme Court of B.C., championed by Dr. Brian Day, owner of the Cambie Surgical Centre. Day is arguing that the laws currently prohibiting doctors in Canada from practicing in the public and private health sectors simultaneously should be struck down, along with the prohibition on the extra billing of patients for services already covered by the provincial health plan.

Health City Represents A New Level Of Physician Advocacy

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

The past two years have seen a significant deterioration in the relationship between Ontario's physicians, and the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne and her health minister, Eric Hoskins. Rather than just protest, Health City's plan is to bring awareness of the health care crisis to the general public, and also educate them as to what they can do to fight for proper health care services in Ontario.

Where Are Your Health-Care Dollars Going?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

It's been reported that Canada spends the fourth most per capita on health care of all of the industrialized countries in the world. Yet, despite all that money being spent, Canada's health-care system currently ranks 30th in the world, according to the World Health Organization and last amongst all OECD countries in terms of wait times.

European-Style, Two-Tier System Won't Save Canadian Health Care

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

The physicians involved in the Cambie trial protest that they have only medicare's best interests at heart. They point to the many western "European" nations that have two-tier health systems which are purportedly the envy of the world. Unfortunately, it's not that simple.

When To See Your Doctor About Back Pain: The 5 Signs

Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living

Back pain can be a real pain in the back.

This Is The Way Forward For Ontario's Doctors

Vlad Dzavik | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Vlad Dzavik

In this contentious environment, a bit of calm, practical thinking has been welcome in the profession. Since last week, hundreds of physicians have gone online at aWayForward.ca to urge doctors and the government to move ahead using five practical principles as a core of the discussion.

Hospitals Are Not Subject To Freedom Of Religion

Daphne Gilbert | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Daphne Gilbert

Publicly-funded hospitals are not constituted "primarily for religious purposes." All Ontario hospitals, Catholic and others, exist to deliver medically necessary services, and all are funded by provinces for that purpose. All hospitals offer the aid and support of religious counsel to families that request it. All hospitals have quiet spaces for reflection and prayer.

Is Selling Your Health Data The Liberals' Budget-Balancing Plan?

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

As Eric Hoskins knows very well, infrastructure itself doesn't have much value. What has a lot of value is patient data. This type of data is a treasure trove for private businesses and would be worth a lot of money to them. Just look at how Facebook has been able to monetize the personal information it has stored on all its "friends."

Opioid Crisis Should Be At The Top Of The Federal Health Agenda

Tara Gomes | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Tara Gomes

Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today.

Does Having More Doctors And Health Specialists Mean Better Care?

Livio Di Matteo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Livio Di Matteo

While governments such as Ontario have been focusing on reducing or holding physician fees steady as a cost control measure, health-care spending is also affected by the overall number of physicians we have and the number of services each provides to their patients.

Forging A New Deal For Ontario Doctors Requires A New Approach

Steven J. Hoffman | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Steven J. Hoffman

We hope the failure of negotiations in Ontario spurs a complete rethink of this approach. Maybe what we want to do is limit a la carte billing for doctor services in the first place, and have far clearer contractual directives against cost-ineffective treatments and towards quality, safe and high-value care.

Ontario Health Minister Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst Doctors

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

It was another tumultuous week in Ontario, as the province's seemingly never-ending battle with its physicians continued. The grand Hoskins scheme now seems to be to sow discord amongst physicians so they fight amongst themselves. He knows that if physicians unite against Bill 210, as they did against the tPSA, he will never be able to succeed in implementing his plans.