Dr. Michelle Cohen is a family physician in Brighton, Ontario and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University. She is an advocate for social justice and healthcare reform for all Canadians.
The communities that lose out in these situations are invariably the smaller ones.
The death toll from the opioid crisis continues to rise, and we'll never turn the tide if we fail to learn the lessons of epidemics past.
09/17/2018 10:18 EDT
Children in Canada are held in immigration detention or separated from detained parents, and this needs to end.
06/29/2018 10:54 EDT
Ford's comments on abortion represent nothing less than an attack on the fundamental right to choice and self-determination.
06/19/2018 14:41 EDT
Two million people live with substantially worse health care than their Southern Ontario compatriots, refuting the fairy tale of universal health care.
04/30/2018 15:18 EDT
Election-cycle planning is utterly inadequate to meet the needs of Ontario's patients, which exceed a single government's lifespan by decades.
03/14/2018 12:28 EDT
We need to be realistic about how flattering comparisons to the U.S. can be used a shield to avoid talking about pressing issues
12/01/2017 09:21 EST
Government wants to draw a clear line between doctors and nurses, facetiously suggesting that hard-working nurses pay higher taxes than "lazy" doctors.
09/20/2017 16:51 EDT
We're wondering why a prime minister who speaks glowingly about the societal contributions of working women can look right past us as if we don't exist.
08/09/2017 12:12 EDT
We undervalue the systemic factors that influence how many patients receive an opioid prescription, and without an appreciation of those factors this crisis cannot be solved.
06/29/2017 11:12 EDT
Services like surgery and obstetrics are being packed up and moved wholesale to urban centres, forcing rural patients to travel long distances to access care. You might think that urban hospitals are the winners in this equation. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
05/11/2017 04:01 EDT
I am one of a large number of physicians who have been forced to choose between office work and certain types of hospital work because the latter is no longer close and accessible. The number of family physicians attending deliveries has been in decline for a long time, and accessibility is a key reason.
04/28/2017 09:43 EDT
When health care is positioned as a key way of managing social problems, we put enormous strain on the system. This forces us to be duct-tape doctors, trying our best to seal up the gaps in a patchwork system of inadequacies and shortfalls. Primary care in particular is perfectly situated to absorb the costs of poor social supports.
03/29/2017 11:47 EDT
The government can no longer cling to the falsehood that loud, angry doctors are just tiny splinter group, trying to whip up trouble in name of a bigger pay cheque. The majority of doctors are unhappy with this government and unhappy with the direction of health care. If two critical votes with large voter turnout can't convince you that doctors are pushing for health care reform, then you are relying on alternative facts to bolster your misconception.
03/09/2017 05:33 EST
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.
03/01/2017 12:01 EST
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