The new ‘Distracted Driving Law’ and Preventative Health Care

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Guest post by Chris F. Effective March 18, 2014, the new ‘distracted driving law’ increased the fine for using hand-held devices while driving to $280 from $155. But, there is more to come! Transportation Minister Glen Murray has introduced a new comprehensive legislation to tighten up transportation laws on everything from pedestrians, truckers, motorists and cyclists. These changes are supported by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), the Ontario Trucking Association and Share the …

Teaching Young Doctors about Healthcare Beyond the Bedside: A Novel Program

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Residency training in Canada is considered one of the most robust in the world. Medical knowledge and clinical skills introduced in medical school are put to the test in the real world, and refined over many years under the supervision of experienced staff physicians. However, traditional residency programs underemphasize many of the non-clinical aspects of medical practice. In fact, a quick poll of residents within our own Royal College Emergency Medicine training program …

Healthcare Costs of War.

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Ever wonder how much a country spends on healthcare as a result of going to war? It is not just the costs associated with the actual wartime period. Rather, they extend much longer beyond – and at an exponential rate that may surprise you. The folks at MBA Healthcare Management have put together an interesting infographic to highlight just how much the U.S. (which is already the world’s greatest healthcare spender by a …

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Edutainment: It’s Called a Lecture Theatre for a Reason

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“Are your simulations that good?” my wife joked as we stepped out of Star Tours (a pretty fantastic space flight simulator at EuroDisney). I pause…  “They’re a close second of course. Well, maybe a distant second, close third? It’s different, right?” As the day went on, more questions kept popping up in my mind.  Just how good are our simulation sessions? Star Tours was hugely entertaining (hard not to like flying a spaceship) …

Death of the Health Council of Canada. (Wait, what’s that?)

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Roy Romanow, the former Saskatchewan premier, planted the seed for the formation of the Health Council of Canada (HCC) in 2004. The idea was to have a national body that will monitor and report on health dollars transfers from the federal government to the provinces. In a healthcare system fragmented into 14 pieces, the HCC was promoted as the duct tape that will hold the system together; the vehicle through which we can …

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 – …