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How Ontario’s cuts to public health will hurt our patients

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

We are a group of resident physicians – doctors training to be family physicians and specialists – in Ontario… we have been taught the importance of disease prevention as one of the most important tools to keep people well and out of hospital… If your government truly is committed to ending “hallway medicine” and providing the possibility of healthier lives, we urge you to reconsider the proposed significant budget cuts to Public Health.

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Alternatives for alternative medicines

Friday, May 10th, 2019

… we propose general guiding regulatory principles for CAM products and practitioners. Our paper also provides a framework for governments to structure the regulation of complementary and alternative medicines and develop appropriate institutions, such as a CAM advisory council, to provide independent advice to governments on appropriate standards… although many question the legitimizing CAMs, their growth indicates that consumer demand for them is here to stay.

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Don’t Make Pharmacare Completely Free

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Adjusting per-prescription charges is a logical way for provinces to respond to evidence of over-use and to fiscal pressures that might otherwise cause them to limit coverage in other ways, and in particular through rationing… Optimally, deductibles should be designed to put an income-dependent ceiling on out-of-pocket expenses depending on the individual’s state of health. These payments are not a bug in social insurance programs; they are a key feature that should be part of any universal pharmacare program.

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Should we cover the health bills of snowbirds and cross-border shoppers?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Anyone who is foolish enough to travel without first purchasing private health insurance faces the prospect of catastrophic medical bills, with or without this program. The OOC program is also highly inefficient. A lot of time, energy and money is spent making piddling payments: There are about 88,000 claims a year, and the average reimbursement is $127. Put another way, it costs $2.8-million to pay $9-million in claims and those payments cover less than 5 per cent of travellers’ medical bills.

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Why The Most Common Developmental Disability In Canada Is Misdiagnosed Or Missed — And The Devastating Results

Friday, April 26th, 2019

There is no cure for FASD, but early intervention can offer critical strategies for symptoms ranging from mild speech and memory deficits to severe cognitive delays… Both FASD advocates and medical researchers are now trying to make sense of what’s been standing in the way of early detection and treatment — and whether emerging science might offer new solutions.

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Public health squeeze is the unkindest cut of all from Ford

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

… this government’s method is to initially claim there are no cuts and then create confusion about what cuts it’s making and why. It leaves people on the ground scrambling to figure out what it means and when they say it means something terrible, as they have in this case, the government promptly denies it… It’s the province that’s sowing confusion, acting without consultation and downloading its health responsibilities onto municipalities…

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Psychiatrists shouldn’t have a monopoly over psychotherapy

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

An average of 57 sessions of CBT over the course of approximately one year delivered the exact same clinical outcome as 234 sessions of psychoanalytic psychotherapy delivered over four years. The implications of this study are huge… Although psychiatrists do have some special advantages when they integrate psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy treatment together, they do not have a monopoly on delivering effective psychotherapy.

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How wearable tech could help adults with developmental disorders manage anxiety

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

… the Anxiety Meter’s algorithm measures a user’s baseline heart rate and detects changes that could indicate anxiety, while Reveal Stories allows users to keep track of a range of psychological and physical symptoms… if anxiety ratings rise, help participants employ mindfulness or cognitive-behavioural-therapy techniques before symptoms can intensify.

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Time to reveal individual MD’s OHIP billings

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

The fact is, releasing physician-identified billings is hardly groundbreaking. It already occurs in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick and in the United States. But in Ontario, taxpayers have been left in the dark, wondering what to make of a health ministry audit conducted five years ago that raised some troubling questions… Allowing questionable billings to go unchallenged only serves to unfairly tarnish the reputations of all doctors.

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Nova Scotia is showing the way on organ donation

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

This is the first time what’s known as “presumed consent” legislation will become law anywhere in Canada or the United States. But it’s far from new elsewhere in the world… The fact is about 4,500 people are on waiting lists for organ donations in Canada in any given year and the wait for a transplant can be up to six years. Sadly, about 250 people die each year waiting for such organs as hearts and lungs.

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