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Sohail Gandhi

Just an old country doctor

University of Toronto Medical School, Class 1990 <br> Chief Resident 1991 <br> Certificante of College of Family Physicians of Canada 1992 <br> Medical Staff Executive, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital 1993-1996 <br> Chief of Family Practice, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital 1996-1999 <br> Coroner for Ontario 2001 - ongoing <br> Fellowship in Family Medicine, College of Family Physicians of Canada, 2002 <br> Founding Physician Georgian Bay Family Health Network 2004 <br> Chair of Board, Georgian Bay Family Health Team - 2007-2013 <br> Academic appointments - University of Toronto (Lecturer in Medicine), McMaster University (Assistant Clinical Professor), Queen's University (Assistant Clinical Professor). <br> Winner - Regional Family Physician of the Year (Ontario College of Family Physicians) - 2011 <br> Winner - Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award - 2013 <br> Section of General and Family Practice Executive, OMA - 2016 to current
The Truth Behind Ontario Medical Association's Mass

The Truth Behind Ontario Medical Association's Mass Resignation

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.
02/13/2017 11:58 EST
Patient Demand For Health Care Is Eric Hoskins' Biggest

Patient Demand For Health Care Is Eric Hoskins' Biggest Problem

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.
01/23/2017 01:05 EST
More Discord Between Ontario Physicians And

More Discord Between Ontario Physicians And Province

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.
12/19/2016 03:06 EST
We Are Reeling Over The Death Of Our

We Are Reeling Over The Death Of Our Colleague

Last week, physicians in Ontario were stunned to hear that one of their colleagues, who by all accounts was a bright vivacious woman, had died, allegedly due to domestic abuse, or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) as it's now called. She leaves behind young children, and a legacy of kindness, health care advocacy and caring.
12/06/2016 10:04 EST
Health City Represents A New Level Of Physician

Health City Represents A New Level Of Physician Advocacy

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.
11/16/2016 11:34 EST
Where Are Your Health-Care Dollars

Where Are Your Health-Care Dollars Going?

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.
11/07/2016 04:34 EST
Is Selling Your Health Data The Liberals' Budget-Balancing

Is Selling Your Health Data The Liberals' Budget-Balancing Plan?

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."
10/11/2016 02:53 EDT
Why Doesn't Ontario Have

Why Doesn't Ontario Have ePrescribe?

For six years the Ministry of Health has known that ePrescribe has, at little cost, saved lives and improved patient care. Sadly, it is but one of the many examples of the incredible waste and mismanagement of the health care system. Small dedicated investments are avoided, in order to create bigger projects such as the current medication management system, that cost exponentially more, but more importantly, provide jobs for bureaucrats. The fact that patients won't be helped is not relevant.
09/27/2016 10:07 EDT
Ontario Health Minister Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst

Ontario Health Minister Attempts To Sow Discord Amongst Doctors

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.
08/29/2016 11:34 EDT
How A Small Group Of Ontario Doctors Successfully Opposed The

How A Small Group Of Ontario Doctors Successfully Opposed The OMA

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.
08/16/2016 01:25 EDT
Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For

Tentative Ontario Health Care Deal Could Damage System For Years

If it's approved it will hurt your ability to get a family physician if you don't have one. It will increase wait times for diagnostic tests and specialists. It will decrease Ontario's already low physician to patient ratio (currently seventh out of the 10 provinces).
07/18/2016 09:16 EDT
Fix The Sunshine List First, Then Disclose Physicians'

Fix The Sunshine List First, Then Disclose Physicians' Billings

Look: it's extremely important for government finances and expenditures to be transparent for the general public, who, after all, foot the bill. The problem however, is that the Sunshine List is anything but fully transparent, and needs to be fixed before revealing physicians' billings.
07/05/2016 03:49 EDT
I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing

I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

Every corporation in Ontario, whether public or private, that has a sick note policy is taking advantage of you, the taxpayer, by offloading the cost of their policy onto the health care system. You, dear taxpayer, are subsidizing the cost of their business. So, how does one change that?
06/13/2016 12:24 EDT
Dear Premier Wynne, It's (Still) Not Too Late To Fix Health

Dear Premier Wynne, It's (Still) Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

In case you think I'm asking you for more money for health care, I'm not. The $51 billion currently budgeted is enough, it just needs to be spent more efficiently. There will be significant immediate cost savings from cutting the bureaucratic bloats. But will this be enough to get you the election win you so badly desire in 2018?
05/16/2016 03:39 EDT
Dear Premier Wynne, It's Not Too Late To Fix Health

Dear Premier Wynne, It's Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

So I hear you are thinking of proroguing the Provincial Parliament, likely as a prelude to a cabinet shuffle in the hopes of raising your incredibly poor poll numbers. While there has been no shortage of scandals for your government, the reality is the biggest issue facing you is health care.
05/09/2016 09:16 EDT
Marcus Welby Couldn't Handle Today's

Marcus Welby Couldn't Handle Today's Medicine

While I agree the situation is complex, the main reason that younger family physicians are taking fewer patients has nothing to do with either a lack of dedication or desire to help their patients, but rather that medicine has become far more complex in the past 30 years.
05/02/2016 05:17 EDT
Eric Hoskins' Latest Attack On Ontario Physicians Falls

Eric Hoskins' Latest Attack On Ontario Physicians Falls Flat

Eric Hoskins has taken the position that the health care needs a "system transformation." I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. However, rather than get to work on meaningful transformation, he has elected to play politics instead. The result will be a continuance of uncertainty and compromised health care for all Ontarians.
04/25/2016 09:24 EDT
Ontario Health-Care Cuts Are History Repeating

Ontario Health-Care Cuts Are History Repeating Itself

Back in the mid-1990s, the Ontario Provincial Government found itself in a bitter dispute with Ontario physicians. Back then, the government tried to frame the dispute as one that was solely based on physician compensation. Fast forward to 2016.
04/11/2016 11:44 EDT
Desperation Is Setting In For The Ontario

Desperation Is Setting In For The Ontario Liberals

Rather than show real leadership and work with physicians, the Liberals, desperate to increase their popularity and to cover up their mismanagement of the health-care system, have chosen to vilify the one group of people that could reasonably have helped not only them, but the people of Ontario, in improving the health-care system.
03/28/2016 01:54 EDT
It's Time To Eliminate Ontario's Costly And Ineffective

It's Time To Eliminate Ontario's Costly And Ineffective LHINs

In times of restraint like these, Health Minister Hoskins and Premier Wynne need to stop spending money on organizations like LHINs that have served no useful purpose for the general public in over 10 years of existence. The funds need to be re-dedicated to front-line health care so that we can address the growing needs of the populace.
02/22/2016 01:59 EST