Canada Doctors

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.

Unity Is Key For Ontario Doctors To Move Toward An Agreement

Kaif Pardhan | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Kaif Pardhan

By rejecting the PSA, physicians have turned their backs on the proposed system of co-management. Physicians have clearly identified that they can see the failings of the system and it is critical that those perspectives are heard by government to ensure that the solutions implemented are effective.

How A Small Group Of Ontario Doctors Successfully Opposed The OMA

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

The General Meeting was the result of extremely tenacious activism on the part of the Concerned Ontario Doctors (COD) group, co-led by Dr. Nadia Alam and Dr. Kulvinder Gill. However, the OMA corporation, couldn't hold off the relatively sparsely funded COD, and in an epic piece of medical history, could barely garner 37 per cent of the vote of the membership in favour of their proposed agreement.

The Strangest Of Places Can Bring Out The Best In People

Dave Chilton | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Chilton

My family and I essentially lived at the Grand River Hospital's ICU the last two weeks. We were there to give comfort to my mom as she fought a valiant but losing battle with cancer. As odd as this may sound, they were two of the most inspiring weeks of our lives.

Ontario Doctors Need To Keep Fighting For Fair Treatment

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Ever since the Ontario Medical Association was mandated by the government to act as the bargaining agent for Ontario doctors, this profession has been subjected to undemocratic and disrespectful disregard by both the government and the OMA, which is supposed to be fighting for them from their corner, not fighting them in a courtroom.

In Negotiations, Binding Arbitration Is Non-Negotiable

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Why does the government continue to refuse to "consent" to binding arbitration for doctors when it is part and parcel to the negotiation process for all other sectors, both public and private? Their refusal has led to the lengthy delay that has left doctors without an agreement for more than two years and has forced them to challenge the government under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

New Health Accord Should Consider A Model Based On Frailty

John Muscedere | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
John Muscedere

In a country as diverse and varied as Canada, such a per capita funding model creates winners and losers. For provinces with flourishing economies and/or younger populations, the formula may be a welcome one. But for many provinces and territories, this funding formula fails to recognize and accommodate their particular challenges and needs.

Ontario Physicians Agreement Isn't A Good Deal, But I'm Still Voting Yes

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brenna Velker

Lets be honest. The tentative Physician Services Agreement negotiated between the OMA and the Ministry is not a good deal. Anyone with any experience in negotiation, law, or with any common sense can realize that this barely qualifies as a contract. But I'm voting yes, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same.

Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For Years

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

If it's approved it will hurt your ability to get a family physician if you don't have one. It will increase wait times for diagnostic tests and specialists. It will decrease Ontario's already low physician to patient ratio (currently seventh out of the 10 provinces).

Fix The Sunshine List First, Then Disclose Physicians' Billings

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Look: it's extremely important for government finances and expenditures to be transparent for the general public, who, after all, foot the bill. The problem however, is that the Sunshine List is anything but fully transparent, and needs to be fixed before revealing physicians' billings.

I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Every corporation in Ontario, whether public or private, that has a sick note policy is taking advantage of you, the taxpayer, by offloading the cost of their policy onto the health care system. You, dear taxpayer, are subsidizing the cost of their business. So, how does one change that?

300 Years Of Adult Disposable Underwear

Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living

The fascinating evolution of adult disposable diapers. From the AOL Partner Studio

The Dangers Of Not Following Your Doctors' Prescription

Victor Wong | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Living
Victor Wong

With day-to-day demands, it's not surprising many of us forget to take a pill or put off refilling a prescription by a week or two. In other cases people stop taking their medication because they think it has done its job or is causing unpleasant side effects. I see this in my practice often, it's incredibly common but people often don't realize that these decisions could, in some cases, lead to serious complications.

How Should Canada Select New Medical Doctors?

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

The field of medicine is one of the most sought after professions in this country, with admission rates around 26 - 28% of domestic applicants in a given year gaining acceptance to a Canadian medical school. Given such a low admissions rate, there are far fewer positions than qualified applicants. How, then, should we choose those who are admitted to medical school?

Health Reform In Ontario Must Include Oral Health Care

Jacquie Maund | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Living
Jacquie Maund

Our teeth and gums are part of our body, and poor oral health affects our overall health and well-being. Primary mouth care is not covered under OHIP, and hospitals are not equipped to deliver dental care. Ontario only has public dental programs for low income children under 18, and a patchwork of basic services for people receiving social assistance.

Why American Doctors Are Calling For Canadian-style Medicare

Karen Palmer | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Palmer

How ironic that at the same time U.S. physicians are calling for a single-payer health system like ours, Canada is in the midst of a legal battle threatening to pave the way for a multi-payer system resembling what has failed Americans.

Our Opioid Epidemic Is A Symptom Of Pharma's Alarming Influence

Alan Cassels | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Critics have begun pointing the finger at the medical system and its prescribers -- well-meaning doctors and specialists who've been giving too many patients excessively powerful opioid medications to deal with modest pain. But we can dig deeper and look at the relationship between medical education and pharmaceutical company influence as a significant contributing factor.

Too Much Health Care Can Actually Hurt You

Wendy Levinson | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living
Wendy Levinson

What if I told you that almost one third of medical care in Canada is unnecessary and that over testing and treatment is on the rise? Doctors across the country are taking note and sounding the alarm on potential risks.

Improving Ontario's Health Care System For Patients And Physicians

Dr. Eric Hoskins | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada
Dr. Eric Hoskins

As Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, it is my responsibility to ensure that we have a health care system that delivers the best possible care for all patients. This means putting the needs of patients first and foremost with each and every decision I make. It means providing patients with faster access to care today, and building a sustainable system that will be there for patients and their families in the future.

Eric Hoskins' Latest Attack On Ontario Physicians Falls Flat

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Eric Hoskins has taken the position that the health care needs a "system transformation." I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. However, rather than get to work on meaningful transformation, he has elected to play politics instead. The result will be a continuance of uncertainty and compromised health care for all Ontarians.

Advanced Directives For Assisted-Dying Is A Dangerous Step

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

In any assisted-dying regime, a competent patient is free to change their mind or express their ambivalence by withdrawing a request or postponing an assisted death. To permit an assisted death to proceed on the basis of an advance directive effectively denies this protection to persons who are no longer capable of making or expressing health-care decisions.

It's Time For The Federal Government To Enforce The Canada Health Act

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

Extra-billing in Ontario, private MRIs in Saskatchewan and user fees in Quebec: violations of the Canada Health Act are on the rise across the country. Canadian doctors are concerned about the impact of this trend not only on their patients, but on our public health care system as well.