Coming to a hospital near you: physician-assisted suicide.

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Scenario 1: A 64 year old patient is suffering from advanced Lou Gehrig’s disease – she cannot perform her own activities of daily living, and can do nothing but watch her own body deteriorate until the slow release of death. She wishes to have the opportunity to control how she passes, with the aid of her healthcare providers. Sound reasonable? Scenario 2: A 64 year old patient is suffering from severe depression – …

Our turn to Choose Wisely.

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Healthcare spending has been a hot topic recently. While the focus in Ontario (and subsequently spreading to other provinces as well) these days has been on curbing physician fees, let us not forget another big piece of the puzzle: over-spending on unnecessary investigations and treatments. In the U.S. alone, up to one-third of the $2 trillion of annual healthcare costs goes towards unnecessary hospitalizations and tests, unproven treatments, ineffective drugs and futile end-of-life-care. …

Facebook (organ-donating) Friends: Like or Dislike?

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Hélène Campbell has become the poster child for utilizing social media successfully in her battle for a double-lung transplantation. Amidst the media frenzy and social chatter surrounding the story, Facebook recently announced their own foray into the business of facilitating organ donation – users in the US and the UK can become organ donors as easily (and as mindlessly) as a simple mouse click updating their Facebook status. There is no question that …

Publishing wait times – for Good or Evil?

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Taking a drive through some states south of the border, you might notice a peculiar phenomenon: not only are there billboards showcasing the latest fashion or promoting certain consumer goods, but obscenely large billboards advertising the ER wait times of various hospitals. “Come to our ER! The wait is only 3 minutes to see a physician!” You might laugh and even shake your head at this, but it certainly makes sense in their …

Healthcare Online – is it viable?

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Guest post by Matt Shealy. New technology allows us to interact in new ways we never thought possible before. The question has always been, is the new way better? Online platforms are popping up all over the place that collect and present your health care information in a way that promises to help you make more informed decisions. Other platforms help you live a healthier lifestyle or connect with your doctor online to …

Throwing down the Iron Fist in a public healthcare system.

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After two months of “negotiating”, Deb Matthews and the Ontario government has finally showed their hand. They got up, walked away, and unilaterally made the cuts they wanted to make without entertaining the OMA’s offers of cost-saving, or even the idea of having a third-party conciliator. In hindsight, it is clear from a political point of view that this was a crucial first step in the government’s efforts to curb overall public spending …