Monthly Archives: June 2017

UBC conference and job fair

June 12, 2017

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Nienke Klaver (SOHC), Ed Staples (SOHC) and Dr. Ella Monro representing Princeton, B.C. and Cascade Clinic at the UBC conference and job fair.

“ Rural medicine doesn’t get better than this! Princeton is the perfect place to work, live, and PLAY!” (Dr. Ella Monro, Princeton GP)

Globe and Mail reveals extensive illegal billing of healthcare patients

June 10, 2017

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Rosalia Guthrie, Paul Dutton and Carolyn Carpan have each felt pressure to pay extra fees for medical care. The Globe and Mail spoke with them as part of its investigation of private clinics. (Photos by Amber Bracken, Fred Lum, and Jeff Bassett for the Glove and Mail.)

Globe and Mail reporter Kathy Tomlinson, reveals illegal double-dipping practice is becoming a common practice in Canada. Little or no effort is being made to stop doctor-owned clinics from making patients pay extra to bypass long lines for everything from simple appointment to major surgery.

To read the full article, click on the following link:

Illegal billing – Globe and Mail article

We’re graduating more doctors than ever, so why is it so hard to find a GP?

June 5, 2017

We’re graduating more doctors than ever, so why is it so hard to find a GP?
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If you want to fix the system, change how doctors are paid, experts say
By Yvette Brend, CBC News Posted: May 04, 2017 4:32 PM PT Last Updated: May 04, 2017 4:32 PM PT

Experts say churning out more medical graduate will not solve B.C.’s family doctor shortage. It’s all about the pay. (Jared Rodriguez/Flickr)

Christopher Pengilly paid $15,000 to take over a medical practice in Victoria B.C., in the ’70s, beating out dozens of other doctors vying for it, but four decades later when he wanted to retire, nobody wanted to replace him.
“My pants were just about worn out from begging on my knees, can you pretty please take this one and that one,” said Pengilly who spent months finding his patients new physicians after dissolving his practice.
And he says this is indicative of a bigger problem in the province, when it comes to the dearth of family doctors.
In B.C., about 700,000 people, or 15 per cent of the population, have no family doctor.

Dr. Chris Pengilly, ran a medical practice in Victoria B.C., for 37 years but couldn’t give it away when he semi-retired.
This despite record numbers of Canadian medical school graduates, according to health policy experts.
Churning out more medical graduates won’t solve the problem, says Pengilly and others.
“If you doubled the number of doctors, it still wouldn’t help because they’d go into easy things.”

 

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Pengilly says one of the big challenges is not a lack of doctors; it’s the lack of doctors willing to work as family physicians.
Many choose to become specialists — or focus their practice on a specific need — and a good chunk of them become what he calls “hospitalists.”
On southern Vancouver Island, 66 of the 400 general practitioners work exclusively in hospitals, taking patients from emergency departments, taking medical histories and checking medications.
“They do work. They work hard. They do the grunt work,” he said.

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Universal public coverage of essential drugs would improve healthcare, research suggests

June 2, 2017

Ada Dominguez struggles to pay for her medications and sometimes does without. (Melanie Glanz:CBC
Ada Dominguez struggles to pay for her medications and sometimes does without. (Melanie Glanz/CBC

Governments should pay for essential prescribed medicines for all Canadians in order to improve their health care, new research suggests.

Drugs considered “essential medicines” should be available at all times to everyone who needs them, the researchers say. Examples include insulin, some antibiotics and oral contraceptives.

The World Health Organization introduced the concept of essential medicines, and more than 110 countries have adapted it to their needs. Canada has not, despite a 2012 call from the House of Commons health committee to establish such a list as soon as possible.

In Monday’s issue of the CMAJ Open, an online open-access journal, Dr. Nav Persaud, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and his team describe how they developed a preliminary Canadian essential medicines list of 125 drugs.

“If you look at the medications on the list, these are treatments for high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV,” Persaud said in an interview. The medications have been shown to save lives.
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Motion to develop a national seniors strategy was voted on and passed by Parliament on May 22. Here is how you can help.

June 2, 2017

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Excellent news! MP Marc Serré’s (Nickel Belt) motion to develop a national seniors strategy was voted on and passed by Parliament on May 22. 
Motion to be studied by House of Commons committee means we are one step closer to a national seniors strategy.

Canadians are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. We think it’s high time our health care system evolved to support this success story. Job one must be to build a national strategy on seniors care and a new Motion from MP Marc Serré proposes to do just that.

This Motion was inspired by the stories and the ideas presented here on Demand A Plan. Your support made this happen, so first of all, thank you!

Now, this Motion needs our support to help ensure seniors get better access to efficient, high-quality care, which will in turn improve access for all Canadians.

With strategic action, we can step up as a country and provide the support seniors need to enjoy better lives, longer.

Please take a minute to send this letter to your MP. Our collective voice cannot be ignored.

Click here to send a letter. http://www.demandaplan.ca/national-seniors-strategy?utm_campaign=serre_2_en&utm_medium=email&utm_source=canadianmedicalassociation

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