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Why Medicine Needs the Humanities More Than Ever

Why Medicine Needs the Humanities More Than Ever

In a local bookshop just outside of Boston, a small group made their way to their cherished Celebrity Bookclub. Tucked away on a foldable chair near the back of the store, and well under TMZ’s radar, sat the best-selling author and physician....

 

Health advocates say feds MIA on social determinants of health

Supporters want the federal government to require provincial governments to invest part of the Canada Health Transfer in community-based care.? Chris Plecash ...

 

Federal will, leadership determinants of health

Liberal MP Hedy Fry Mon, 2013-10-07 (All day)   The 2004 Health Accord signed by prime minister Paul Martin and all premiers was not, as some have commented: “just...

 

What doctor shortage?

Canada soon to be awash in new doctors… Read on: Troy Media

 

The funding formula for health care is broken. Alberta’s windfall proves it

The funding formula for health care is broken. Alberta’s windfall proves it

Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette recently announced that Ottawa’s reform of the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and spending cuts make federal finances sustainable for the long-term – but possibly at the expense of the provinces....

 

New Health Minister Ambrose seen as a ‘fixer’

New Health Minister Ambrose seen as a ‘fixer’

The medical community is ‘cautiously optimistic’ that Canada’s new federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s appointment signals a more engaged federal government… Read on: The Hill Times

 

New catastrophic drug plan aims to relieve costs

As of Oct. 1 Islanders who struggle to pay for their medications won’t have to bear the total cost themselves. Prince Edward Island’s new catastrophic drug plan is now in effect… Read on: CBC News

 

HPV vaccinations go against ‘wishes of the Magistarium,’ Alberta Catholic school board head tells advocate

The chair of an Alberta Catholic school board has angrily rejected renewed calls to let his students be immunized against HPV in school, suggesting vaccine advocates were tempting children to defy teachings of the Church’s “Magistarium”...

 

Province reaches tentative deal with pharmacists

Province reaches tentative deal with pharmacists

Some worry new fee schedule won’t offset cost of drop in generic drug prices… Read on: Calgary Herald

 

Health minister urges legislatures to discuss assisted suicide

Health Minister Rona Ambrose says provinces and territories have the right to discuss assisted suicide in their legislatures, but Ottawa’s position on the issue won’t change… Read on: globeandmail – National

 

Actuaries paint a bleak future for Canadian healthcare

OTTAWA, ON, Oct 3, 2013/ Troy Media/ – The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) recently painted a frightening portrait of Canadian healthcare, with projected costs growing to the point where little money will be left in provincial budgets...

 

Making Drug Regulation Smarter Will Save Canadian Lives

Making Drug Regulation Smarter Will Save Canadian Lives

Innovative new medicines can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of those stricken with illness. Unfortunately, Canadians are often denied these benefits for months, if not years, while they wait for their government to approve...

 

Governments must take action to stop cancer before it starts

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial health ministers come together this week for their annual meeting. While we don’t know the details of their discussions, we hope that the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases will be...

 

Obamacare vs. Canada: Five key differences

Obamacare vs. Canada: Five key differences

Despite the partisan war in Washington that shut down the federal government this week, President Barack Obama has succeeded in implementing the first major health reform in the United States in nearly 50 years, as the Patient Protection and...

 

Report calls for hepatitis C testing of boomers

Report calls for hepatitis C testing of boomers

A team of liver specialists joined the chorus of Canadian experts calling for a national strategy to diagnose and treat hepatitis C in Canada’s baby-boomer population, in a report published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal… Read...