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Don't Blame Seniors For Canada's Rising Health Care Costs

Michel Grignon | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Grignon

There is a worrying rise in health care spending in Canada, but it doesn't have much to do with population aging. It's not that we have too many seniors that will break the bank, but how those seniors, and others, are treated in the health system that affects the bottom line.

Why Your Doctor Could Be Biased

Stephen Hwang | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Stephen Hwang

In a recent study researchers called doctors' offices in Toronto while playing the role of a person looking for a family physician. Doctors' offices were 58 per cent more likely to offer an appointment if the caller mentioned that he or she had a high-status job than if he or she mentioned receiving welfare.

This Doctor Treats Poverty Like a Disease

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Trudy Lieberman

What would you think if your doctor handed you a prescription that recommended filing your tax returns or applying for food or income benefit programs instead of the usual medicines for high blood pressure or diabetes? You'd probably say the physician was nuts. Tax refunds? Food? What do they have to do with making you healthier?

I Have a Condition That Almost No Doctor Understands

Sarah Robertson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

I am just one of the millions of people in Canada who has a condition called Trichotillomania, a.k.a. Hair Pulling Disorder. These conditions are also under the umbrella term Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours. In Canada, there are currently only two doctors who treat these conditions, and they have waiting lists for up to a year or more. This is unacceptable.

The Dangers of Over Diagnosis

Dr. Charles Wright | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Charles Wright

Unfortunately, our ability now to test for and find insignificant abnormalities in people often leads to medical interventions that offer little or no benefit but still carry all the potential harms. Harm as a consequence of necessary treatment can be accepted, but exposing healthy people to harm from treatment that they should not have had in the first place is unacceptable.

Chris Alexander, I'm Sorry I Treated an Abused Refugee in My Hospital

Dr. Hasan Sheikh | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Hasan Sheikh

Mr. Alexander, I turn to you for guidance on what to do the next time this patient comes to my clinic: a gay man who fled his country because it is a crime to be homosexual. This man who was beaten and persecuted by his community and his family. He is not able to work in Canada because he can not acquire a work visa and instead volunteers with local charities.

Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

Beverly Akerman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Living
Beverly Akerman

Tuesday's sentencing of anaesthesiologist George Doodnaught -- to a decade in jail for sexually assaulting 21 women under his care during surgery -- should have been good news. But I read this comment from the presiding judge: "There are no reported Canadian cases in which an anaesthesiologist sexually assaulted sedated patients in an operating room during surgery." This has happened before, and in my home town.

Seeking Relief Outside Canada

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

That a considerable number of Canadians traveled and paid to escape the well-known failings of the Canadian health-care system speaks volumes about how well the system is working for them. It leaves open the question of just how many more Canadians might choose medical tourism outside Canada if given the opportunity.

The Real Doctor Behind Hard Rock Medical

Danielle Bourgon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada TV
Danielle Bourgon

On our first day of table readings for Hard Rock Medical, director Derek Diorio and writer Smith Corindia introduced us cast members to a sprightly, hearty and highly personable woman -- who also happened to be a practising Ontario doctor for 30+ years. Dr. Louise McNaughton-Fillion was also HRM's official medical consultant. And she was pretty cool.

Waiting for Health Care Is Not a Necessary Evil

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Waiting is a defining characteristic of Canadian health care. Canadians wait, often interminably, for access to health care services. Canada's wait times are among the longest in the developed world. And, contrary to popular belief, Canada's terrible wait times are not the result of insufficient health care spending. In 2009 (the most recent year for which comparable statistics are available), Canada's health care system ranked as the developed world's most expensive universal-access system. The solution to Canada's waiting time woes is sensible health policy reform that would employ private competition in the delivery of universally accessible hospital and surgical services .

A Question For You About Drugs

Tim Paziuk | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Should the government be allowed to force pharmaceutical companies to continue manufacturing drugs that are no longer profitable, if these drugs are in the public best interest? I'm really struggling with this one.

What's the Cure for Canada's Doctor Shortage?

Health Media Today | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Health Media Today

Very few would dispute the fact that Canada has a doctor shortage. Patients are forced to resort to emergency rooms and walk-in clinics for their primary care, and with more and more doctors set to retire, the problem will only worsen over the next years. What is often not reported, however, is that there may be light at the end of the tunnel.

The Chemicals Obstetricians Are Speaking Out Against

Kapil Khatter | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom says pregnant women should make an effort to avoid exposures to chemicals in consumer products. The dogs have started barking right away, with critics immediately slamming the obstetricians for scaremongering.

Why Hospitals Slow to a Crawl During the Summer

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada
Nadeem Esmail

Every year, provincial health care systems across Canada dutifully reduce the volume of services they provide in preparation for the summer vacation season. This planned-for reduction has the inevitable effect of lengthening waiting times for Canadians over the summer months (and during Christmas holidays). The added twist this year is the slowdowns might be extended in a bid to reduce expenditures.

Refugee Care: We Are Standing Up To Say That This Is Wrong

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Today, as we celebrate the National Day of Action against the Refugees Healthcare cuts on June 17th, I decided to interview Benjamin Langer, a third-year medical student, to enlighten Canadian readers regarding the budget cuts in Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).

Bulk Buying Pharmaceuticals Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Bulk purchasing of pharmaceuticals has attracted significant attention of late as Canada's provinces work to balance access to medicines and their benefits with budgetary realities. Unfortunately for Canadians, insufficient consideration is being given to the tradeoffs and risks associated with bulk purchasing agreements.

Are Doctors Part of The Obesity Problem?

David Gratzer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
David Gratzer

If Canada has a weight issue (and increasing amount of studies say that it definitely does), should our physicians be doing more? The answer seems to be yes, but the problem is that docs aren't doing much in terms of preventative care for their patients.

Doctors Are Under the Influence of Pharma Drugs

Ritika Goel | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada
Ritika Goel

Why do so many doctors still think they are invincible to the influence of the pharmaceutical industry? Attractive, well-dressed, charismatic drug reps with pearly smiles and shiny flow charts still wait in waiting rooms. Lectures and conferences still occur where lunch is paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. Canada has banned the use of TV, print and radio advertising of drugs directly to consumers because we recognize that this information should come from unbiased sources. Why then do we allow so much drug promotion to physicians? As a medical community, we have to say no to pharmaceutical influences on our practice.

A Natural Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Many different organizations and health experts have purposed various solutions to solve the western world's obesity epidemic. But the underlying problem to the obesity epidemic is the current population's lack of connectivity to the soil, the environment and the food supply. If we can reconnect our current population with the food supply and the community, we will create a healthier and brighter future for generations to come.

How Do We Keep Doctors Where We Need Them?

Maria Mathews | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada
Maria Mathews

How do we get more doctors to practice in rural communities? This has been a long standing challenge in Canada -- getting physicians to work where we need them -- especially in provinces with large rural populations. Policy makers have created and implemented some promising solutions, but until recently, there has been little evidence on whether or not the solutions are working. Unfortunately, new research indicates that some programs aimed at retaining doctors in rural areas across the country may not be as successful as we'd hoped.

More Doctors Than Ever, But Not Where They're Needed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new report says that over the last five years, the number of doctors in Canada has increased at a rate three times faster than that of the...

They Don't Call It a "Waiting Room" For Nothing

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

At this time of the year, many parents are visiting their doctor's office with kids in tow, for everything from routine vaccinations to dealing with the sudden influx of colds and fevers. But just going to the doctor's office can make you sick...of thinking of ways to entertain them while you inevitably wait. Make sure you're prepared to keep the kids quiet and occupied.

Are Doctors Discriminating Against Older Patients?

CBC | Posted 07.21.2012 | Canada Living

Some doctors are warning of a culture of ageism in the medical world, saying health workers commonly treat old people as though they don't...

A Doctor's Practical, Doable Solution for Fixing Healthcare

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Qais Ghanem, MD

There is a serious shortage of primary care physicians in the whole country, and it is very difficult if not impossible to find a family physician these days. In the past few years I myself had to see patients who did not, and could not find a primary care physician to follow up on the treatment and advice I gave them. You would think that the leaders in medicine from both sides would strike a joint committee and solve the problem, but it does not seem to have happened. Very briefly, here is a proposed nation-wide plan.

The Google of Medicine

Miro Cernetig | Posted 06.13.2012 | Canada
Miro Cernetig

We live in an age when the stethoscope, one of modern medicine's oldest tools, and the microchip, the device powering the digital revolution, are now linked. It presents the most exciting healthcare breakthrough we have today.