Canada Doctors

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.

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.