Canada Doctors

Alberta Can Keep Health Care Affordable Amid Sliding Oil Prices

Martin Ferguson-Pell | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Business
Martin Ferguson-Pell

As world oil prices and the Canadian dollar slide perilously, Albertans must become more inventive and rigorous in managing our costs -- and our expectations -- especially in high-cost areas like infrastructure, education and health care. Health care is the biggest challenge.

A Good Doctor Knows The Power Of A Compassionate Diagnosis

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

The MRI showed that the number of lesions on his brain had doubled, and that the medication was not working. I immediately started to tear up and the genius doctor looked at me and then at my husband and said, "Graeme, I believe I have said something to upset your wife." This doctor was seriously intuitive.

Canada's New Health Accord Could Be Trudeau's Obamacare

Patrick Fafard | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Patrick Fafard

This week the country's 14 health ministers have been gathering in Vancouver for a pan-Canadian summit to begin negotiating a new health accord. The previous accord saw $41 billion transferred to the provinces over the last decade. This next one may be even bigger.

Health Minister Philpott Needs To Attach Strings To Health-Care Dollars

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

In his letter to the minister, Prime Minister Trudeau tasked Health Minister Philpott with "engaging provinces and territories in the development of a new, multi-year Health Accord with long-term funding agreement." As the health ministers meet in Vancouver, how can they bend the curve toward a less costly and more effective health care system? How can they ensure the funds invested this time around will buy real improvements in health?

Medical Want Or Medical Need? Our Healthcare System Hangs In The Balance

Brian W. Rotenberg | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living
Brian W. Rotenberg

As patients are becoming more knowledgeable about their own care, and as doctors develop a wider array of options available to treat diseases, the costs are increasing. So it may be time to better distinguish between medically necessary care and optional care, for the sake of our country's limited health care budget going forward. It's a discussion worth having.

Ontario Needs To Do More About Doctors Who Abuse Patients

Lorian Hardcastle | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lorian Hardcastle

Ontario's College of Physicians and Surgeons receives numerous deeply concerning reports of doctors sexually abusing their patients each year despite the adoption of a "zero tolerance" approach to such abuse 20 years ago. This persistent problem has eroded public trust in doctor self-regulation.

How Many Doctors Does Canada Really Need?

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

Why do we not dedicate even a fraction of what we put into actually paying our health workers for their services into coordinated planning for those services? We don't just need another short term task force to manage health worker supply. We need effective management of our entire health workforce on an ongoing basis.

Why Doctors Must Change How They Medicate Patients

John Muscedere | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
John Muscedere

Using non-beneficial medications or failing to offer comfort medications to chronically ill patients is potentially harmful, time-consuming and simply bad medical care. Unnecessary or unwarranted medical interventions, including medications, are also costly to the healthcare system. It's time to embrace new ways of thinking.

Canadians Need To Be Having End-Of-Life Conversations

Michelle Howard | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Howard

Studies have shown that people who have end-of-life conversations with their doctors and family members are much more likely to be satisfied with their care, and their caregivers are less likely to suffer from depression, or left wondering if they made the right decisions for their loved ones.

Canada Should Modernize Not Privatize Our Health-Care System

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

We desperately need universal coverage for a full array of health care goods and services -- pharmaceuticals, mental health services, home care and out-of-hospital diagnostics. Canada is unique among OECD countries in the paucity of what it covers on a universal basis despite falling in the top quartile of countries in levels of per capita health spending.

Doctors Can Help Cure Poverty Without Leaving The Office

Gary Bloch | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Gary Bloch

The push for doctors to treat social issues like poverty is starting to change the way we practice medicine and how we work with community agencies and those with expertise in income benefits, food security and poverty law. Many health organizations now are right in the middle of advocacy for better social conditions. Major medical organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian College of Family Physicians have been vocal in their support for this approach. This demonstrates a real acceptance by the medical mainstream that reducing patients' poverty is a core part of a doctor's job.

Money For The Privileged, Austerity For The Rest Of Us

Jeff Begley | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

I decided to give you a short list of the Couillard government's extraordinary spending this fall for friends of the Liberal Party. You see, the list speaks for itself and shows how much the austerity we are confronted with varies depending on who's involved.

We Need Trudeau To Prioritize Pharmaceutical Drug Coverage

Steve Morgan | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Unlike any comparable country, Canada's universal public health care system effectively ends as soon as a patient is handed a prescription to fill. Millions of Canadians have no drug coverage at all and millions more have coverage that is inadequate to ensure access to medicines.

Dear Health Minister, We Need Federal Leadership In Medicare Restored

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

You will know well from history that real change won't happen by providing more federal money with unconditional transfers.Real change will require helping provinces to shift the focus of our health system away from those who are relatively well resourced to new areas of care, such as essential pharmaceuticals and homecare.

As A Doctor, These 5 Flu Myths Make Me Shake My Head

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

To the healthy individual, the term "flu season" may sound abstract, perhaps irrelevant. But the flu, or influenza, kills about 3,500 Canadians every year and causes about 12,200 of us to be hospitalized due to the illness itself or related complications.

Trudeau Must Intervene To Save Quebec's Public Health-Care System

Damien Contandriopoulos | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Damien Contandriopoulos

The only chance to save medicare in Quebec is a direct intervention of the federal government. We, doctors and experts, ask the new prime Minister of Canada and the federal Minister of Health to enforce the Canadian Health Act in Quebec and to cut federal health transfers until Quebec conforms.

It's Time To Stop Dividing The Mind From The Body In Health Care

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Living
Paul Kurdyak

Our health system often divides mental health from physical health into distinct silos of care and treatment, yet no such mind-body duality exists in actual patients. Many individuals with chronic health conditions simultaneously experience mental health issues -- and the reverse -- and such "concurrent" health challenges are far from uncommon.

What Trudeau Can Do To Make Medicines Accessible To All Canadians

Steve Morgan | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Financial barriers to filling necessary prescriptions result in worse health for patients. They also result in increased use of taxpayer-finance hospital and medical care. In other words, they don't save anybody money in the long run.

Is Your Doctor Superstitious?

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

While interviewing a Sunnybrook surgeon a few months ago, the topic of superstitions came up. He told me that similar to the general public, superstitions are common among medical practitioners. Studies have shown that superstitions are more prevalent in professions and circumstances with higher degrees of uncertainty.

Health Care Gets Harder When Politicians Make Medical Decisions

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

As the public watches "entitled" physicians struggle under the barrage of Liberal hostility, they miss the very real danger of a government stuffing an already glutted health care system with more administration. As David Gatzer pointed out, this is "a system designed for political popularity, not smart policy."

Proposed User Fees for Health Services in Quebec Threaten Canadian Health Care

Danielle Martin | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Danielle Martin

Medicare is a defining program and a source of enduring commitment from coast to coast, and all political parties claim to support the Canada Health Act. Why are we not hearing resounding denouncement of Minister Barrette's plan to "normalize" user fees from our federal politicians?

Doctors Can't Write a Prescription for Poverty

Vivian Tam | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Vivian Tam

What good is it to treat illness if we can only send our patients back to the conditions that helped make them sick to begin with? Our health is strongly influenced by factors such as income, our working environment and affordable housing, over which neither patients nor medical doctors have much control.

Response to Refugee Crisis Must Include Expanding Refugee Healthcare

Y. Y. Brandon Chen | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Y. Y. Brandon Chen

Lack of healthcare has dire consequences for the well-being of refugees and can also stand in the way of their integration into new environments. For the four-million Syrian refugees living in the neighbouring countries, their access to healthcare has been severely hampered by the funding shortage facing aid agencies.

Is Health Care Finally Becoming the Election Issue it Should Be?

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

National drug coverage has long been a priority for the more than one in five Canadian households that can't afford to buy needed prescription medicines. But in spite of decades of calls for a new program, the idea seemed not ready for primetime. The cost of national pharmacare was seen to be too great in a time of low political appetite for new universal benefits. But it turns out that pharmacare isn't a money sucker -- it's a money saver.

Why We Need to Listen to Ontario Doctors About Fee Cuts

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

With all due respect to André Picard and his assessment that the social media voice of Ontario doctors is sounding "shrill, self-indulgent and counterproductive" as they continue their dispute with the Ontario government over fee cuts, I would counter that, given their current situation, our physicians are acting in a perfectly rational manner.