More not always better for prescriptions

Canadians are living longer than ever, and we are also taking more medications than ever before. And this can make us sicker, not healthier. A report released last week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that one in four seniors in Canada are taking 10 or more medications. That’s a total of 1.6 […]

When the doctor says sorry

It’s been a dozen years since healthcare apology laws came to Canada – but do they work? My introduction to the complex and emotional world of adverse events in healthcare occurred in 2001 when I chaired a committee to review an inquest report into the tragic deaths of twelve infants in a paediatric surgery program […]

Federal Transfer Payments and how they affect healthcare funding in Canada

The Canadian fiscal transfer system is relatively simple and designed to address fiscal imbalances arising from economic differences across provinces and territories that are related to per capita income and natural resource endowments.

Academics need to make sure their evidence matters

An average paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal is read by no more than 10 people, according to Singapore-based academic, Asit Biswas, and Oxford-researcher, Julian Kirchherr, in their controversial commentary, “Prof, no one is reading you,” which went viral last year.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever – but is that good news?

The recent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending.

Opioid crisis should be top of federal health agenda

Hundreds of codeine tablets stolen from the medicine cabinet of an elderly person living alone in a rural community. Hydromorphone tablets being distributed at weddings and high school parties. Fentanyl patches being cut up and sold for a profit on the street. This is the reality of the opioid crisis in Canada today

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