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The Cost of Health Cuts

Up to this point, the only effect of the Government of Ontario’s unilateral health care cuts had been on my retirement fund, ie: I did not lay off any staff, all the services we offered were the same, and my … Continue reading

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The cost of access

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), led by the Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, under the orders of Premier Kathleen Wynne, ceased negotiations with the Family Doctors and Specialists of Ontario over one year ago. … Continue reading

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Biting the hands that feed them

We all know the old cliche that says “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. It appears that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) may be doing just that. Hospitals receive funding based on the number … Continue reading

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Ontario Medicine has gone Corporate

The medical- and surgical-driven health care provided in Ontario has gone corporate, or so it seems. Beneath the surface, of course. The Canada Health Act prohibits doctors from charging private fees for providing mandatory health care in the vast majority … Continue reading

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The domino effect of Ontario’s unilateral moves on primary care

The Province of Ontario is in debt and healthcare spending is a major cause for being in the red. Ontario needs to save money. A few years ago, Ontario attempted to negotiate a revamping of the Schedule of Fees for … Continue reading

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To bill or not to bill; that’s been a question

There is no question that the costs to our healthcare system is growing to a level that is already beyond affordable. Cuts are upon us left, right and centre. The factors contributing to the rising expenses are plentiful, involving the … Continue reading

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Customer service goes both ways

Did you ever notice that when you’re nice to a customer service representative, they more often are nicer back to you, and your issue becomes more easily resolved? The same holds true with health care professionals, including paramedics, nurses and … Continue reading

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Aiding & abetting or Cradling & enabling?

The new face of primary care is all about access to care. Governments across Canada are mandating Emergency Departments to cut down on wait times. In turn, Emergency Departments complain that their long lineups are due to the growing number … Continue reading

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Patients are not Customers

I witnessed one of the scariest, saddest, and disappointing things recently at a departmental meeting. We were shown the results of a survey, on how patients viewed our service in our Emergency Department. While I’m not disputing the need or … Continue reading

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“I didn’t want to bother you”

You didn’t want to bother, yet you’re here anyways. You haven’t made an appointment or been seen by a doctor in over a year, so you’ve come in today with a laundry list of issues that have collected over the … Continue reading

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