On Friday evening in Ottawa, President Barack Obama told the capacity crowd at the Canadian Tire Centre that, under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), 20 million more Americans received access to health care insurance. Obama believes that this is one of the accomplishments of his Presidency that has had the greatest impact on America and …

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Sustainable products and practices provide social and economic benefits while protecting public health and the environment. Considering this, if you want to have one practice with respect to your health that is sustainable on many levels, having a full-service family doctor would accomplish this. This occurred to me when I went to see my new …

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This week, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is holding the inaugural CMA Health Summit in Winnipeg. The billboarding for the meeting specifically says: CMA Health Summit: Inspiring a Future of Better Health. As a member of the Canadian Medical Association, there are four topics that affect the health of my patients and colleagues that I …

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I am bewildered by the various gender designations currently recognized and described. As a psychiatrist who sees primarily adolescents, I must be able to understand what a person means when they tell me that they are non-binary transgender or two-spirit. Gender and gender roles were so restricted in my adolescence that when I wrote an …

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For the past nine months, I have been visiting my sister who is dying in Nova Scotia. This experience has truly sensitized me to the needs of those who need palliative care, and I now appreciate how much I will want to be able to control how and where my life ends. But this is …

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I am spending my day on the other side of the hospital bed shortage. I am sitting with my sister in the nursing home where she is spending the final days of her life. She waited seven months in a hospital bed for this space to become available. Around us, all is peaceful. People down …

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In recent months, I have come to learn more and more about the difficulties indigenous youth have in obtaining mental health services. In part, this is because local, provincial and federal news reports are calling attention to these difficulties but I am also very much aware of the needs of these young people in my …

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