nationalhealthwatch.ca http://nationalhealthwatch.ca Curating health news in Canada Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:07:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Do we get our money’s worth for what we pay doctors? http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/do-we-get-our-moneys-worth-for-what-we-pay-doctors/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/do-we-get-our-moneys-worth-for-what-we-pay-doctors/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:54:04 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=564447 B.C. auditor-general raises some important questions about how we use public funds…

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Why We Need a National Approach to Lyme Disease http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/why-we-need-a-national-approach-to-lyme-disease/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/why-we-need-a-national-approach-to-lyme-disease/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:08:20 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=564038 I was saddened that HuffPost blogger Michael Kruse has misrepresented Bill C-442, my private members bill to develop a national approach to the growing threat of Lyme Disease. Up until his uninformed blog, it had been received as what it is — a non-partisan, evidence-based effort to help thousands of Canadians. 

Mr. Kruse has misrepresented the bill in many respects, leaving out most of its key elements, and then claiming the bill “seems to promote the existence of a syndrome called ‘chronic Lyme disease’.” Those are his words, not mine. The term is not mentioned in my bill.

For those readers who may not know about the impact of Lyme disease on Canadian society, its incidence has been spreading. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme is carried by ticks.  It was first identified in Lyme, Connecticut, hence the name. As a reportable disease in Canada, it must now be reported by medical professionals to provincial public health authorities, who, in turn report federally. There is a significant reporting of misdiagnosis. As the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia reports:

“Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.”

This range of symptoms can easily be mistaken for other conditions. If diagnosed correctly and early, treatment options work effectively.

The bill focuses on sharing best practices from across Canada. It calls on the Minister of Health to convene discussions with provincial/territorial counterparts, medical health professionals and others with expertise. 

The goal is to find better approaches to prevent Lyme through greater awareness, to identify best practices to diagnose and treat Lyme, and research to improve our knowledge.

Since tabling the bill for First Reading in June 2012, my office has been inundated with letters of support. Many are from those suffering the effects of Lyme disease.  Many are from Canadians who have travelled to the U.S. to obtain treatment. I have also heard from many Members of Parliament, from all sides of the House, who hope to see it become law.   
The bill is also supported by health professionals, such as the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In a letter to me, November 21, 2013, Eric J. Mang, Director, Health Policy and Government Relations, of the College of Family Physicians of Canada wrote:

“The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) would like to commend you for presenting Bill C-442, National Lyme Disease Strategy.

“The CFPC supports further studying the economic and health impacts of Lyme Disease to ensure that Canadian physicians have the necessary tools and knowledge at their disposal. Guidelines produced as part of the strategy should include the input of family physicians and available to all primary health care providers.”

Bill C-442 will be going to Second Reading debate on Monday, March 3, 2014. I hope all Canadians will read the bill, and ignore efforts to distort its very sensible, scientifically sound approach. With non-partisan, and compassionate support, we can get the bill to committee and consider any changes that meet the concerns of all impacted by what can be a tragic illness.

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Ontario to stop soaring raises for health sector CEOs: Hepburn http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/ontario-to-stop-soaring-raises-for-health-sector-ceos-hepburn/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/ontario-to-stop-soaring-raises-for-health-sector-ceos-hepburn/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:40:20 +0000 editor http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=563900 Ontario health minister suggests hands were tied as CCAC bosses given massive pay hikes…

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Health system faces year of restraint as budget looms http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/health-system-faces-year-of-restraint-as-budget-looms/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/health-system-faces-year-of-restraint-as-budget-looms/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:39:02 +0000 editor http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=563897 Minister hints at focus on more efficiency, not funding…

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Health policies feature prominently on final day of Convention http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/health-policies-feature-prominently-on-final-day-of-convention/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/health-policies-feature-prominently-on-final-day-of-convention/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:42:17 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=563460 MONTREAL – Health-related policies took centre stage on the final day of the Liberal’s biennial convention, with a handful of resolutions passing almost unanimously. Here are four health policies the Liberal’s have added to their playbook…

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Canadian health groups warn against commercial ultrasounds http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/canadian-health-groups-warn-against-commercial-ultrasounds/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/canadian-health-groups-warn-against-commercial-ultrasounds/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:55:32 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=562905 Procedures used for the sole purpose of determining the sex of fetuses raises concern over gender-motivated abortions…

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More doctors without jobs as Canadians face long wait times http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/more-doctors-without-jobs-as-canadians-face-long-wait-times/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/more-doctors-without-jobs-as-canadians-face-long-wait-times/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:03:12 +0000 editor http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=562606 OTTAWA — More than 100 stakeholders in the medical profession are gathering in Ottawa this week to discuss a paradoxical issue affecting health care in Canada: a growing number of doctors without jobs.

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Germany may publicize its drug discounts, putting fear into Big Pharma’s heart http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/germany-may-publicize-its-drug-discounts-putting-fear-into-big-pharmas-heart/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/germany-may-publicize-its-drug-discounts-putting-fear-into-big-pharmas-heart/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:08:29 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=562124 Germany isn't the most popular market among drugmakers these days, thanks to strict pricing policies that have put a hurt on sales. Now, a proposed law could see the country fall further out of pharma's favor–and compromise the industry's international pricing power.

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Budget 2014 triggers Harper’s plan to dismantle national health care (subscription required) http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/budget-2014-triggers-harpers-plan-to-dismantle-national-health-care/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/budget-2014-triggers-harpers-plan-to-dismantle-national-health-care/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 03:12:21 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=562071
Budget indicates the government will use federal transfers in order to eliminate national standards in health care.

Mon, 2014-02-17 (All day)

 

Federal transfer payments to provinces were first used in order to establish national standards in health-care delivery across Canada. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Prime Minister Stephen Harper turned this on its head by tabling a budget that will use federal transfers in order to eliminate national standards in health care.

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Canada facing growing crisis on prescription drugs (subscription required) http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/canada-facing-growing-crisis-on-prescription-drugs-subscription-required/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/canada-facing-growing-crisis-on-prescription-drugs-subscription-required/#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 03:08:42 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=561883
Michel Perron

Mon, 2014-02-10 (All day)

 

Canada is facing a growing crisis. Too many of our citizens are abusing prescription drugs—primarily opioids, which are prescribed to those who are suffering with pain—as well as sedative-hypnotics and stimulants. While these drugs have therapeutic benefits, they can also bring significant harms like addiction, overdose and death. And the effects are costly—both in terms of dollars and cents, but most importantly, in human lives. 

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Canada’s ERs missing mark on waiting times, new statistics reveal http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/canadas-ers-missing-mark-on-waiting-times-new-statistics-reveal-2/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/canadas-ers-missing-mark-on-waiting-times-new-statistics-reveal-2/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:54:05 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=561643 Statistics show 90 per cent of patients who need to be admitted are checked into a bed in 27.9 hours or less – more than twice the 12-hour target the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians suggested last fall…

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This year’s flu shot offered good protection against becoming seriously ill: study http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/this-years-flu-shot-offered-good-protection-against-becoming-seriously-ill-study/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/this-years-flu-shot-offered-good-protection-against-becoming-seriously-ill-study/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:28:59 +0000 editor http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=560220 TORONTO — A new Canadian study suggests this year’s flu shot offered good protection to people who received it…

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How health wait times fell off the Harper government’s radar http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/how-health-wait-times-fell-off-the-harper-governments-radar/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/how-health-wait-times-fell-off-the-harper-governments-radar/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:27:39 +0000 editor http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=560217 Last week, as Stephen Harper’s Conservatives marked eight years since their rise to power, the Health Council of Canada delivered what seemed to be a rather inconsiderate anniversary gift…

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PEI whooping-cough outbreak has at least six confirmed cases http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/pei-whooping-cough-outbreak-has-at-least-six-confirmed-cases/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/pei-whooping-cough-outbreak-has-at-least-six-confirmed-cases/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 01:52:54 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=560160 Patients are being treated with antibiotics, which an official said would help prevent the illness from spreading but not stop the cough…

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What makes superbugs super: anatomy of a drug-resistant bacteria http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/what-makes-superbugs-super-anatomy-of-a-drug-resistant-bacteria/ http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/what-makes-superbugs-super-anatomy-of-a-drug-resistant-bacteria/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:57:27 +0000 admin http://nationalhealthwatch.ca/?p=560068 As authorities work to stem the spread of CPE in British Columbia hospitals, we explain the characteristics of a superbug…

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