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Michelle Cohen

Rural family doc, feminist, mom of three, healthcare advocate, farm wife

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.
Stripping Rural Health Services Is Overloading Urban

Stripping Rural Health Services Is Overloading Urban Hospitals

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
We Are Witnessing The Slow Death Of Ontario's Rural

We Are Witnessing The Slow Death Of Ontario's Rural Hospitals

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
Our Health-Care System Isn't In A Position To Manage Social

Our Health-Care System Isn't In A Position To Manage Social Problems

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
A Wave Of Change In Ontario Health

A Wave Of Change In Ontario Health Care

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
Why Are Physicians Being Labelled Right-Wing

Why Are Physicians Being Labelled Right-Wing Radicals?

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