The Ottawa Citizen published my letter on patient accountability. This is one very important aspect of the tentative Physician Services Agreement, that the government finally acknowledges a need for patients to take responsibility for their own healthcare. Here is the text of the letter: Thank you to Mr. Reevely for interviewing Dr. Walley and reporting …

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On Friday I graduated from the 6th cohort of the Physician Leadership Development Program. This program was developed by the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and York University’s Schulich School of Business to help physicians in Ontario develop Leadership skills. The program required that I work on a project to demonstrate that I …

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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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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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The average medical school tuition in Ontario is now over $23,000 annually. With the average overall pay for a woman in Ontario being approximately $40,000 annually, one can appreciate that studying medicine could easily be beyond the reach of most Ontario students. (Reference: http://www.payequity.gov.on.ca/en/pdf/wagegaps.pdf) This raises the question of what can be done to make …

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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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