Patient Accountability: Is it reasonable?

I am puzzled by Canadian federal and provincial governments’ collective reluctance to make patients partners in their own healthcare by expecting them to accept certain responsibilities for their own health and for the sustainability of the healthcare system. Why does it seem unreasonable to governments to ask citizens to meet a minimal set of expectations…

86 Doctors

This past month, 86 doctors from across Ontario have received the devastating news that their practices are being assessed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario because of the extent of their opioid prescribing. No patient complaint was made against them but they are all now in the process of preparing their patient…

Bill 41: Infrastructure Investment??

Minister Eric Hoskins’ Bill 41 continues to be confounding for many physicians, but possibly the most consistent question I am hearing is: Why do we need another layer of bureaucracy? How will sub-LHINs improve the system? One very intriguing twitter answer that I received suggested that this extra bureaucratic layer will serve as “administrative infrastructure”…

Patient Accountability

The Ottawa Citizen published my letter on patient accountability. This is one very important aspect of the tentative Physician Services Agreement, that the government finally acknowledges a need for patients to take responsibility for their own healthcare. Here is the text of the letter: Thank you to Mr. Reevely for interviewing Dr. Walley and reporting…

Renewing the Ontario Medical Foundation

On Friday I graduated from the 6th cohort of the Physician Leadership Development Program. This program was developed by the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and York University’s Schulich School of Business to help physicians in Ontario develop Leadership skills. The program required that I work on a project to demonstrate that I…

Words, Words, Words

“Dr. Beck, do you make $6.6 million a year?” My 16 year old patient asked me as I weighed him in the examination room in the outpatient department where I work. I looked up suddenly and used every bit of my strength not to laugh or appear to shocked. “I don’t make nearly that much…

Public Health Hero

I first met Dr. Isra Levy sometime around 2000 when he and I crossed paths at the Academy of Medicine Ottawa but I really got to know him from 2002-2004 when he and I both worked at the Canadian Medical Association. At the time, he was the Director of CMA’s Office for Public Health and…