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” …

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With every doctor, pundit and reporter out in the media about doctors’ fees presently, I thought I would let them go at it and consider instead an item that I consider to be the “elephant in the room” of physician compensation negotiations everywhere in Canada. Almost every physician in Canada that I know believes that …

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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 …

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Last week, someone who has just started reading these articles told me, “You sure write a lot about family doctors.” I don’t disagree, because I believe that family doctors are the most important doctors in health care and that, if family medicine is strong, then the rest of health care can be built around that …

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In the five days since I wrote about my husband’s experience in hospital, I have heard from over one hundred people who have had similar experiences, either personally or with a family member. You can read about some of their experiences in the comments related to my previous post, as well as on my facebook …

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In late November, Dr. Marilyn Crabtree wrote a letter to Ontario Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins on behalf of the Medical Staff Association of Winchester and District Memorial Hospital. Dr. Crabtree is the Secretary Treasurer of the hospital Medical Staff Organization. The letter was to outline the doctors’ concerns about a program designed by …

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Dr. Jon Johnsen is an Ontario Medical Association Board Member from Thunder Bay. He is the current Board Member in a long line of remarkable Board Members from Thunder Bay. As a matter of fact, the two Board members who preceded him, Dr. Stewart Kennedy and Dr. Ken Arnold, both served as President of the …

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