The cost and profits involved in running a medical practice is everyone’s business. It can influence the type of health care you receive.
Until the government acknowledges the critical role family physicians have in population health and on easing the burden on acute hospital care, pressures will only be relieved temporarily.
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A strong primary care system keeps patients away from emergency departments and helps patients self-manage illnesses. But Ontario’s plan to ease pressure on emergency rooms ignores family medicine.
Googling symptoms to self-diagnose is not the same as virtual health care.
Searching symptoms online has become so common there is a name for the condition of health anxiety induced by self-diagnosis on the internet: Cyberchondria.
People inquire about receiving a monkeypox vaccine at an outdoor walk-in clinic in Montréal on July 23, 2022. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency.
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Engaging in open and honest dialogue with the public to increase understanding of health inequities has never been more important.
Putting patients at the centre of care means seeing them as a whole person and treating them as a partner in their journey to better health.
Person-centred care sees the patient as a whole, unique individual and puts them at the centre of their health decisions.
A medical worker looks through the debris of a medical lab in Port-au-Prince, Haiti following an earthquake in January 2010.
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The unique skills of Canadian health-care workers with international disaster experience could be a valuable resource during domestic emergencies.
New schools can spur neighborhood growth.
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Community members want their schools to address issues beyond academics, new research suggests.
A sign reads ‘I’m on your side’ outside the Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, La., in April 2022.
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Abortion funds, which help people who cannot afford the procedure, are facing new kinds of pressures, including potential legal risks and a rising client demand that exceeds their capabilities.
The price physicians charge for every surgery, checkup or other procedure has a precise formula behind it.
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A health policy researcher explains how doctors determine their pay rates, and the system that lets them do it.
Anti-abortion demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day the court overturned the landmark Roe v Wade abortion laws.
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After the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade, will more Americans travel for abortions? Inequalities created by this controversial decision will be revealed at border points.
An image from the comic ‘Compassion’ by Kayleigh Fine, which was commissioned to illustrate the importance of compassionate care for 2SLGBTQ+ people.
Accessing compassionate health care is often difficult for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other sexual identities, such as pansexual or asexual individuals (2SLGBTQ+).
Patient safety incidents are the third leading cause of death in Canada.
Patient safety incidents were already a leading cause of death in Canada. With that crisis converging with the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, health care is being pushed to a breaking point.
Because of stigma and deeply rooted implicit bias, people who suffer chronic and unexplained pains are often characterized as complainers, malingerers and drug-seekers.
Psychosocial and economic stressors can affect health, but neither our doctors nor our health-care system have the tools to integrate these factors into diagnoses or care. Play offers an alternative.
Hospital design shifted in the 20th century as hospitals moved from being places for treating disease and injury to being centres of health systems.
The theory of supportive design considers
positive distraction, perceptions of control and social support.
Nurses tend to a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Bluewater Health Hospital in Sarnia, Ont., in January 2022. The pandemic exposed the flaws in Canada’s struggling health-care system, and offers a chance for Canada to reform it if the country’s premiers step up.
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The COVID-19 pandemic presents us with a unique opportunity to rethink and reform public health care in Canada. That’s why premiers’ demands for more unconditional health-care dollars are so misguided.
Food prescriptions provide patients with vouchers that can be spent on fruits and vegetables.
Food security is crucial to disease prevention and management, so prescribing healthy foods and reducing barriers to better diets makes sense. But food prescriptions should not be immune to scrutiny.
Québec Premier François Legault defended Bill 96 saying he doesn’t want the province to become Louisiana.
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For most Québec residents, there is broad consensus that French should be protected. But many of us believe that multilingualism need not threaten French.
A public dental care plan would give many Canadians reason to smile.
Canada’s health system does not include dental coverage, leaving a large gap in care that’s existed since its beginning. It’s time to ensure access to oral care.
Such an expansive scheme is very expensive. It has been costed at A$77.6 billion over the next decade, funded with new taxes on big corporations and billionaires.
Not engaging Black communities meaningfully in health and other policy-making processes has been a critical failure, reflecting a history of systemic racism, marginalization and political indifference.
While policy organizations publicly claim that they want input from racialized and other marginalized communities, many fail to listen to, accept or integrate what those communities have to say.