Saving Family Medicine

Last week, someone who has just started reading these articles told me, “You sure write a lot about family doctors.” I don’t disagree, because I believe that family doctors are the most important doctors in health care and that, if family medicine is strong, then the rest of health care can be built around that…

Follow-Up: 2 Hospital Days

In the five days since I wrote about my husband’s experience in hospital, I have heard from over one hundred people who have had similar experiences, either personally or with a family member. You can read about some of their experiences in the comments related to my previous post, as well as on my facebook…

2 Hospital Days

In the two weeks since I last communicated with you, I have had an unwanted but unique insight into one patient’s experience of the health care system. The patient was my husband. On December 28, he was admitted to the Civic site of the Ottawa Hospital, his respiratory infection having developed into lobar pneumonia. I…

Patients First??

About a week ago, Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins delivered some new proposals for managing health care in the province. The new discussion paper, Patients First, has the same name as the public relations campaign developed by the Ontario Medical Association to inform Ontario patients about the cuts to the health care system and…

Physician Activism: The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund

The average medical school tuition in Ontario is now over $23,000 annually. With the average overall pay for a woman in Ontario being approximately $40,000 annually, one can appreciate that studying medicine could easily be beyond the reach of most Ontario students. (Reference: http://www.payequity.gov.on.ca/en/pdf/wagegaps.pdf) This raises the question of what can be done to make…

New Grad Entry Program: Design Failure for Both Patients and Doctors

Late last week the Ontario Medical Association learned about another of the Liberal Government’s unilaterally developed programs for Ontario doctors. The details of this New Graduate Entry Program can be found here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ohip/bulletins/11000/bul11138.pdf Normally, I would not wade into discussing new Primary Care initiatives leaving such matters to such bloggers as Dr. Scott Wooder (https://drscottwooder.wordpress.com/)…