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 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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Late last week the Ontario Medical Association learned about another of the Liberal Government’s unilaterally developed programs for Ontario doctors. The details of this New Graduate Entry Program can be found here: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/ohip/bulletins/11000/bul11138.pdf Normally, I would not wade into discussing new Primary Care initiatives leaving such matters to such bloggers as Dr. Scott Wooder (https://drscottwooder.wordpress.com/) …

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Physicians in Ontario have had a difficult week – more cuts from the government they’d like to be able to work with, and division among themselves. A number of doctors have been through difficult times before and know that, in the end, this will pass. The government will realize that it cannot run a health …

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This is a flyer included with Wednesday’s newspaper. Bright yellow, black lettering – great visibility in the pile of flyers and junk – telling the reader, “A BODY SCAN Can Save Your Life!” The small print also tells you that “Medicare will not cover preventative scans at this time.” I have not seen such a …

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I have spent the past week covering most of my colleagues for March Break, including four out of eight nights on call for psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, whenever I spend a lot of time at CHEO, I find myself thinking about the …

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