Future Physicians call upon Government of Canada to Improve Access to Health Human Resources

February 12, 2013

           From the Canadian Federation of Medical Students 

OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2013 – The Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) is bringing tomorrow’s physicians to Parliament Hill for its annual Lobby Day.

Medical students from Vancouver to St. John’s will meet with Members of Parliament and Senators to discuss strategies to ensure that all Canadians have access to health care wherever they live. The CFMS believes that all Canadians – regardless of location – deserve adequate, quality care. According to 2004 Health Canada data, the doctor-to-population ratio in rural Canada will grow to over 1:1,800 by the turn of the next decade. This is compared to a ratio of about 1:500 for Canada as a whole. Moreover, the federal government does not currently have a system to predict how the number and type of physicians that will be required in the future to serve the diverse needs of Canadians. As such, provinces and regions continue to struggle with the appropriate distribution of physician location and specialty, especially in rural and remote areas.

The CFMS applauds the federal government for announcing that it will forgive a portion of Canada Student Loans for new family physicians working in rural and remote communities. However, ……….

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From an article by Gloria Levi on Integrated Care for Seniors

February 11, 2013

There is a rapidly changing demography of Canadians over the age of 65. In 1971, the Canadian seniors were 7.1% of the population. In 2006, they were 13.1% of the population. It is estimated that by the year 2031, they will be 23.4% of the population. Between the years 1996 and 2006, the number of people over the age of 100 has increased 50%. In 2011, the first baby boomers retired.

According to the report of the Special Senate Committee on Aging 2006, the rapid rise in health care costs are NOT mainly due to this dramatic population increase but can be attributed mainly due to rise in medications, technical advances, improved surgical techniques, and increased physician and patient requests for diagnostic testing.

There is a need for an integrated system delivering a seamless continuum of care so that people will be able to age in the place of their choice – best done on a provincial level, such as a health authority.

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Gloria Levi will visit Princeton on February 25. For a presention on Senior’s Care and what programs are available in Princeton, join us at Riverside, February 25 @ 7:00 pm.



Gloria Levi to Speak in Princeton Feb. 25

February 9, 2013

On Monday, February 25th, the public is invited to attend a discussion on community seniors care to be held at Riverside Community Centre beginning at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be given by Gloria Levi, coordinator of Integrated Care Advocacy (ICA), a group of volunteers dedicated to comprehensive medical and non-medical home health care and support services for seniors in British Columbia. The title of her talk is A Vision of Community Based Health Care: Getting a Better Bang for Your Health Care Buck.

Gloria Levi

Gloria Levi resides in Vancouver and is much in demand as an advocate for senior care in our province. On October 3, 2012 she coordinated the Integrated Models for Delivering Care to Frail Seniors workshop held in Vancouver and she was a guest speaker at the BC Health Coalition’s Public Forum on Seniors Care, held in Vancouver on December 10. More recently, Levi spoke at a Seniors’ Town Hall Meeting in Comox on February 1st and on February 13, she will be featured at the monthly meeting of the Greater Victoria Seniors, Branch #191 of the BC Old Age Pensioners Organization. We are very fortunate to have Gloria coming to Princeton to share her knowledge in support of seniors’ care in our community. Hope to see you on the 25th.

Interesting Article about Changes in Rural Canada.

February 6, 2013

With emergency room closures and wait times in excess of five weeks, a radical idea has emerged in rural Canada.

ERs without doctors?: New rural emergency centres rely on nurses and paramedics at night

I imagine Gloria Levi will have something to say about this on February 25, when she comes to Princeton to talk about alternatives to improve Senior’s Care.

February 6, 2013

British Columbians deserve a modern and procedurally fair adult guardianship process

Provincial Ombudsperson Kim Carter released today her latest report No Longer Your Decision: British Columbia’s Process for Appointing the Public Guardian and Trustee to Manage the Financial Affairs of Incapable Adults. According to the report, vulnerable adults can lose the right to make financial and legal decisions for themselves if a health authority issues a certificate of incapability under a law that is outdated and through a process that does not provide adequate procedural protection.

The reportexecutive summarynews release and fact sheet can be found at www.bcombudsperson.ca

“How the digital revolution will create better healthcare.”

February 6, 2013

MSN Video – Rock Center with Brian Williams

This is absolutely fascinating.

One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

Everyone Has A Stake

February 3, 2013

The community of Princeton and Area H is indebted to Dr. Barbara Pesut of UBC Okanagan for her involvement in the Community Consultation held on January 29 at Riverside Community Centre. Dr. Pesut is a nationally recognized researcher and her generous offer to assist us in our efforts is very much appreciated. Dr. Pesut has extensive experience that began with several years at Princeton General Hospital and Ridgewood Lodge. She feels a connection to our community and this may have been part of the reason why she offered her services to us. For more information on Dr.Pesut, including a list of her current research and recent publications, visit http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/nursing/Faculty/bpesut.html

The Community Consultation followed a research-based process whose planning required pre-knowledge of the number of participants which explains why it was by invitation only. This also satisfied the requirements built into the consultation process. Read more »


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