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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.

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?