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 …

The (sub-)sub-specialization sham.

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There was a time when your doctor did everything. Sore throat and a nasty cough? You’d see your doctor. 40 weeks pregnant and about to give birth? Your doctor would do the delivery. Your child slipped and broke a bone? Your doctor would splint and care for the fracture. Hell, if you had an appendicitis, there was a good chance your own doctor would be doing part (if not all) of the surgery. …

Public healthcare is unfair.

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Might as well say it up front: our public healthcare system is not fair. Yes I know, you’re going to try and throw the Canada Health Act in my face, quoting the infamous “…insured persons must have reasonable and uniform access to insured health services, free of financial or other barriers. No one may be discriminated against on the basis of such factors as income, age, and health status.” – Canada Health Act, …

Uphill both ways … in my dad’s pyjamas!

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Imagine being at a conference where 1 in 3 attendees are depressed and 1 in 5 wish they were somewhere else …  fun conference? I was reflecting on my residency when I wished that an attending would have stuck up for me just once when I was getting abused – three particular nurses, two residents and one physician stand out. I made a promise never to let that happen in front of me. …

Miraculous self cure for stroke! (and other internet lore)

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One of the privileges (or annoyances, depending on who you ask) of being a medical professional is having your family and friends coming to you for anything that is medically related. They no longer trust their own family doctors; they question all the new medical advice they see on television; and they will simply not start any medications or go through any medical procedures without a phone conversation with you to see if …