My thoughts on Health Human Resources

About that Health Human Resources Report…  In 2000 and 2001, I was a member of the Expert Panel on Health Professional Human Resources, appointed by the Minister of Health and Longterm Care of Ontario, Elizabeth Witmer. The final report was titled Shaping Ontario’s Physician Workforce. The link to the report is http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/repository/mon/1000/10294173.pdf, in case you…

Welcome to Canada

Emigrating to a new country is a courageous act. For many of us, our ancestors came to Canada to escape hardship, and often persecution, usually at great personal cost. My father spoke of the paternalistic treatment his parents faced when they arrived in Canada from Poland and many of you will have listened to similar…

Unnecessary Conversations?

On December 6, 2012, the Government of Ontario announced the latest initiative in its goal to “better coordinate the full patient journey through the health system”. This initiative is called Health Links. At the Government of Ontario website that describes the program, it is noted that one of the governments goals is “to ensure that patients…

Generic OxyContin and My Practice

Yesterday the Canadian government decided that it would not interfere in the release of generic OxyContin. Ministers of Health from several provinces had asked the Federal Minister of Health, the Hon. Leona Aglukak, to intervene and block the release of this medication. She refused, citing that it was only “one of many” prescription drugs that…

I Want the Courage of a Girl

I Want the Courage of a Girl On October 26, 2012, in the Globe and Mail, I read Stephanie Nolan’s story about Pakistani girls who continue to push forward, living out their life stories, as if Malala Yousufzai was never shot for her efforts to continue her schooling and advocating for other Pakistani girls to…