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If we are ever going to resolve the doctors' struggle with the government and the broken health care system all around us, we are going to have to look past simplistic right vs. left narratives and deal with some hard and complex truths.
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A recent Canadian study for all provinces except Quebec reported that one in 18 hospitalized patients experienced avoidable medical errors in 2014 - 2015. In the U.S., it is estimated that 15 million...
More than anything, I want this government to get real about managing health care. Media has a key role to play in that. Like it or not, media informs our perception of reality. Media shapes how and what the public talk about. That influences government priority. And that is why balanced journalism must be protected.
Last week, two health care stories in the news that got relatively little attention illustrated exactly what is wrong with the direction health care is taking in Ontario, under the leadership of its hapless Health Minister Eric Hoskins, and beleaguered Premier Kathleen Wynne.
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The deal includes $785 million for better home care and more than $650 million for mental-health initiatives.
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Let me start saying that from my "experience," and that's what this article is all about (not expertise), probably most of my visits to doctors and specialists as a patient have been a waste of my time, plus a misuse of all kind of resources depending on where one is living and what kind of insurance one would have.
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There are repeated references in the media to this being a coup or a hostile takeover of some sort. Even the word "insurgency" has been used. This was not due to a small radical group of the dissidents. More than likely, your own doctor supported this change.
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It's shocking that he took something as complex as a broken health-care system and twisted it into a story complete with a bad guy and a motive in less than 140 characters. Flippant statements let people - important people like those in government - ignore the danger. And then, they don't have to fix it.
It is almost a certainty that in about 100 days, how health care is delivered in the province of Ontario will change dramatically as Bill 41 -- The Patient's First 2016 Act -- comes into effect. The impending changes are not without controversy. Several health professional associations and patient advocacy groups have expressed deep concern about aspects of the legislation. There are also those who welcome these reforms and see them as potentially presenting solutions to well documented challenges.
Face-to-face negotiations toward establishing a new national funding framework collapsed in late December.
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We're all about ease and simplicity when it comes to mealtime. And what could be easier than a recipe that combines your protein, grains and vegetables in one dish? The trend to eat out of a bowl is widespread. It can be seen in restaurants, on take-out-menus, and home kitchens from coast-to-coast.
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Canadians aged 55 and older were the second most likely among comparable countries to stop filling their prescriptions in 2014 because of cost.
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When patients aren't receiving the care they need and their condition worsens, it takes more taxpayer money to attempt to treat them. The irreparable damage caused by this negligence in the system affects families, communities and the local economy.
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The health care industry is unique. Highly regulated, highly specialized, and in possession of highly confidential information, it's a natural target for cyber-attacks. With the rise of internet-connected devices and the industry lagging behind modern cyber security, now more than ever IT decision-makers in health care need to think about how to best protect patient information in the modern threat landscape.
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Triclosan: You may have never heard of it, but chances are that you and your family use products that contain it regularly. Increasingly, scientific evidence shows that it is harmful to the environment and humans - especially children. And it doesn't work particularly well.
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Not many patients would be happy to hear that there's a lag of about 17 years between when health scientists learn something of significance through rigorous research and when health practitioners change their patient care as a result, but that's what a now-famous study from the Institute of Medicine uncovered in 2001.
It makes zero sense that in a nation with universal health care, we have decided that mental health does not matter and should not be financially covered.
Some of the most passionate mental health advocates work in women's shelters. Women on the front-lines for addressing mental health needs. Women supporting other women to find safety, stability, and empowerment in their lives -- in a way, sisterhood embodied.
The growing awareness that something is seriously, and fundamentally wrong with the health-care system is sure to envelop Minister Hoskins this year. Maybe then he'll stop playing politics, and actually work in true partnership with all health-care workers, to deliver the improvements our health-care system so badly needs.
If you think road traffic is annoying, the Canadian Automobile Association has just released some data to back you up: Drivers on Canada's 20 worst sections of road waste 11.5 million hours every year...
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Health care and drug coverage is often used as a political football, and coverage of medicines can make an easy and convenient target as a place to find short-term cost savings despite the need for a broader discussion on overall system reform.
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Many Canadians may be putting themselves at risk of acquiring a number of preventable, travel-acquired illnesses. For those planning trips to warmer climates, including Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean, it is important to protect yourself from diseases that may not be prevalent in Canada, but are common in other countries.
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If there's one question we get the most it's, "What recipe can I make tonight that's easy and healthy?" We get it. Life is busy and we're all searching for new meal ideas that are satisfying and good for us. But we end up falling into a rut and making the same recipes over and over again. Well guess what? We have a healthy and hearty solution for you with lots of alternatives! Sound fishy?
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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.
There is a reason that Medicare is seen as a basic human right in Canada. It represents our mutual commitment to support one-another through good times and bad, and our belief in equality and equity of opportunity.
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Jim's is not that uncommon a story. Each day I work, I see the reality people face: patients and family caregivers breaking under the pressure of waitlists. Ontario's "world-class" health-care system is failing the very people who paid a lifetime of taxes to prop it up.
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The virtue of a single-payer system affords us some of the richest health data in the world, but the way we actually use data to help with health care decisions or drive our own performance is wanting. As a patient, it is incredibly trying at times to listen to the tune of "patient-centred care," only to hear that such health care data would be over our heads in the same breath.
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A new year is always a time to reflect and think about the future. This is a special new year. As Canadians, we are fortunate to celebrate our 150 anniversary. In so many ways we are a young country built by immigrants and the existing indigenous populations.
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Many employee benefit policies in Canada are null and void past age 65, regardless of a person's employment status. That's because many employer plans still use age 65 as a criterion for ending insurance contracts instead of basing coverage on active versus retired status. It's time for governments to protect employee health benefits for our aging workers.
As the year draws to a close, it's worth looking back at some of the public policy issues that made headlines over the past 12 months, and that have a good chance of being in the news during the next 12 as well.
There is no one-size-fits all system to improve health. This is true for everyone -- and especially for refugee populations living in fragile and humanitarian contexts, where the right to health is far from guaranteed. Recognizing this, e-Sahha was designed not only to improve the timeliness and outreach of health monitoring, but also to gather feedback from pregnant women and other users about the perceived and actual quality of care they received.