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Wait times in healthcare often linked to diagnostic testing – adding more doctors and nurses alone won’t improve that bottleneck

There is an emerging consensus that Canada’s healthcare system is in crisis.  Stories appear in the media daily describing the horrors Canadians are experiencing trying to access timely and quality healthcare. It is tempting to assume the media is being histrionic, that representatives of healthcare...

Physician work hours, especially for male doctors, have declined since 1987

Physicians in Canada, especially male physicians, are working fewer hours than they did three decades ago, and these long-term trends must be considered in workforce planning, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). “Canadian physicians’ work hours, crucial for health care access...

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No longer just tobacco and opioids: B.C. plans commencing more class actions to recover health care costs involving virtually any product

On March 14, 2024, the province of British Columbia proposed broad multi-government class action...

Wait times in EDs are nothing new – and that’s the problem

The respiratory virus season is upon us, and those working in the emergency departments...

Ontario hospitals play critical role in Canadian health care advancements and innovation

Twenty Ontario research hospitals have been celebrated for their excellence in health research and...

Too much paperwork is hurting physicians, and health care

Few of us look forward to administrative tasks. For physicians, however, relentless paperwork is...

Primary care lessons for Canada from OECD countries

To improve primary care, Canada can learn from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...

Are Canadians suffering a crisis of trust?

Trust in Research Undertaken in Science and Technology Scholarly Network (TRuST) launched to combat...

Patients experiencing homelessness: better data for better care

A patient’s housing status impacts not only their health outcomes, but where and how...

New “Pink Zone” project catching attention of area hospitals

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) new Minor Conditions Booking Portal “Pink Zone” is...

New Care and Connection Kiosks provide discreet life-saving harm reduction supplies 24/7

Island Health is introducing three Care and Connection Kiosks at hospitals in Campbell River,...

Is some medical terminology ethically futile?

Clear communication is essential to any patient-clinician interaction, perhaps especially when discussing end-of-life care....

“Less is better” is the best message when talking to patients about alcohol

What are safe alcohol consumption levels for Canadians? “Less is better,” write the authors...

New guideline to promote health equity in Canada

A comprehensive new guideline with 16 preventive care recommendations aims to promote health equity...

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