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 and Hospital Physicians

This installment on Bill 41 comes after a longer review of the Ontario Hospital Association’s backgrounder on Bill 210 released earlier this year. They have not published anything specific to Bill 41. My personal concern about Bill 41 is based on my alarm over the extraordinary amount of control the government feels it needs over…

Bill 41 – What about Specialists?

Here is my last question about Bill 41 before it goes to Committee: Once Minister Hoskins finishes bringing family doctors “into line”, what has he got planned for specialists? One might get the impression from the government’s reasons for introducing Bill 41 that family doctors are sitting around their offices eating bonbons all day but,…

Aftermath

World Suicide Prevention Day can be difficult for those who’ve lost a loved one who suffered from a mental illness. It can also be difficult for psychiatrists, as I was reminded on the day after I participated in a Facebook event to provide information to parents on how to talk with their children about suicide.…

Managing tPSA Stress

There is so much online right now about the tentative Physician Services Agreement – some of it fact and some of it not – one wonders what else could be said. If you’ve come to this thinking that the Chair of the Ontario Medical Association Board is going to say anything about the tentative Physician…

Living the Dream

I have not written in about ten days. I have been busy living a dream. On May 2, I began a new job as the Director of Youth Psychiatry at The Royal. This is truly a dream come true for me: to provide guidance to the best team of mental health professionals and to consider…

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…

Intransigent

It is certainly a difficult time to be a doctor in Ontario. It is two years since we’ve had a contract with the government. The population of the province continues to grow and age. The stress of living in a province with a burgeoning deficit and the additional burden this places on citizens does take…

Ottawa Citizen Letter

I find that I have written a surprising amount about Physician Assisted Death for someone who does not expect to be on the front lines of this new measure. I hope that the medical community can lead the debate, asking patients to consider how they want this new medical treatment to work. All the people with…