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Cowichan Conversations: Doctors More Dangerous Than Guns!

TO BE TAKEN WITH A GENEROUS PORTION OF SALT    Doctors (A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000. (B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000. (C) Accidental Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Doctors More Dangerous Than Guns!

Things Are Good: Cuba Creates Great Doctors

Cuba is a beautiful country filled with nice people. Many of those people are educated doctors who go around the world saving lives for free, and they do the same at home. Al Jazeera has a nice long piece looking into the quality and motivations behind these great Cuban doctors. Spoiler: it’s not about money, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Cuba Creates Great Doctors

Things Are Good: Doctors Say Healthy People Come From Good Urban Design

A new report written by a handful of doctors titled Improving Health Care by Design concludes that in order to have a healthy populace we need cities designed for health. There is nothing startling in the report but it does provide one more reference and tool for people to use inspire positive change in their . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Doctors Say Healthy People Come From Good Urban Design

Things Are Good: Doctors Prescribing Nature

Doctor Robert Zarr prescribes walking in parks to his patients. Regular readers already know that the exposure to nature is beneficial in multiple ways for our physical and mental health. Doctors have also taken note of this and realize that prescribing walks and exposure to nature can reduce obesity rates while also being proactive in . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Doctors Prescribing Nature

Defending Public Healthcare: Physician numbers up 18% in four years

There has been a sharp increase in the number of physicians in Ontario and an even sharper increase in payments to physicians. Between 2008 and 2012 the number of physicians in Ontario has increased 18.5%.  This growth is offset by population growth only very modestly: the number of physicians per 100,000 population has . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Physician numbers up 18% in four years

Left Over: Not So Special, After All?

Unemployed Doctors? 1 in 6 New Specialists Can’t Find Work, Study Says

CP | By Helen Branswell, The Canadian PressPosted: 10/10/2013 12:01 am EDT | Updated: 10/10/2013 10:01 am EDT

Not too surprising, I live on Vancouver Island where there are two (2) dermatologists for the entire island, with many hundreds of thousands of residents . . . → Read More: Left Over: Not So Special, After All?

Left Over: Ice Floe Condos for Seniors?

 

CMA poll finds golden years filled with ‘anxiety’ Poll backs national plan on seniors’ health care CBC News Posted: Aug 19, 2013 10:53 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 19, 2013 11:00 AM ET

Considering this is the pro-privatization of the medical system – CMA, rather like a certified (or certifiable) Fraser Institute, it’s hard . . . → Read More: Left Over: Ice Floe Condos for Seniors?

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, doctors cashing in despite cash-strapped health care system: Report

A new report by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy says today’s Canadian physician earns nearly four-and-half-times more than the average Canadian, even as the price of health care continues to rise.

The post In Canada, doctors cashing in despite cash-strapped health care system: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives’ refugee health care cuts remain a concern: Ontario doctors

By: Ontario Medical Association | Press Release:

TORONTO, June 17, 2013 – One year after the implementation of a series of changes to federal coverage of refugee health care, Ontario’s doctors are seeing a negative impact on the delivery of care.

Under the new Interim Federal Health Program rules, the federal government no longer covers . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives’ refugee health care cuts remain a concern: Ontario doctors

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian doctors demand restoration of refugee health services

By: Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care | Press Release

Photo: Doctors for Refugee Care

TORONTO, June 10, 2013 – Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is holding a second National Day of Action on June 17th to call on the federal government to reverse the reckless cuts to refugee health care. It has been almost . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian doctors demand restoration of refugee health services

Defending Public Healthcare: Doctors get lion’s share of Budget funding

Forget all the government Budget rhetoric about better home care.  The real winners are the docs. The Ontario Budget Estimates are out and  the line item primarily covering the doctors (“Ontario Health Insurance”) is going up 2.9 per cent to $13.3 billion.  The rest of the health care sector got an increase of . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Doctors get lion’s share of Budget funding

calgaryliberal.com: So how did you get them emails, Ms. Redford?

This week Education Minister Jeff Johnson sent an email to about 30,000 teachers. This is frightening for two reasons. (1) It is an abuse of private information of citizens. As Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman points out in a press release today it likely violates FOIP as Alberta’s teachers gave those emails solely for the purpose . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: So how did you get them emails, Ms. Redford?

Defending Public Healthcare: Docs up $8,300 each in recent negotiations?

Dr. Michael Rachlis, a well known expert on the health care system, suggests there is more to the recent deal the province hatched with the Ontario Medical Association than has been reported. He estimates that increased utilization and “fee… . . . → Read More: Defending Public Healthcare: Docs up $8,300 each in recent negotiations?

calgaryliberal.com: Ms. Redford’s Fudget-Budget: Not Open, Not Transparent, and Definitely Not What She Promised

Ms. Redford’s expectation that the price of oil would stay high (we’re currently hitting a nine-month low for oil), her spending promises be fulfilled, and that a PC government would be a stable choice for Albertans, has fallen flat. She ran on the regular non-Conservative spending sprees — even where doctors and front line workers . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Ms. Redford’s Fudget-Budget: Not Open, Not Transparent, and Definitely Not What She Promised

Cowichan Conversations: Let’s Make Our Hospitals Healthy Places!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

A report released today outlines policies that will require nurses to take flu shots, or wear a mask! Hello! Why wouldn’t shots for all health workers be mandatory?

Actually while we are on this topic here are a few more examples of how to reduce sickness and germs in . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Let’s Make Our Hospitals Healthy Places!

The Scott Ross: How Abortion Is Making You Dumb

When people don’t talk about an issue because of fear, society becomes ignorant. Abortion is one such topic where ignorance abounds, and not just on one side of the debate either. The polarization of the issue has all but eliminated reasonable discussion, leaving most Canadians less than informed, and facing the sensationalistic extremes on either . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How Abortion Is Making You Dumb

Slap Upside The Head: Alberta Doctors Still Billing Province For Treatment Of Homosexuality

Last year, Alberta finally removed homosexuality from its list of disorders that doctors in the province could bill the government for treating. This was 38 years after the disorder was delisted by the American Psychological Association, of course, but Alberta’s a little slow and deserved some congratulations for taking the leap forward into about . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Alberta Doctors Still Billing Province For Treatment Of Homosexuality