A new proposal is reigniting an old debate about cosmetic surgery. Now it’s focused on what kind of training cosmetic surgeons should have before wielding their instruments.
Nurses of the University College Hospital protest in London on Feb. 6, 2023. The walkout is part of a wave of health worker strikes and demonstrations in recent months.
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U.K. health worker protests echo issues in Canada. They are also a harbinger of future labour disputes and systemic collapse if austerity, underinvestment and neglect of health workers continue.
More Australians are delaying care or going to emergency departments because they can’t see a GP. Here are six reasons why.
Canada has a shortage of doctors. That’s why making it difficult for internationally trained doctors to practise here is so mystifying.
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Canada is sidelining qualified doctors while many Canadians struggle to find health care. Here’s what we can and must do better for internationally trained physicians.
Former Saskatchewan Premier and national New Democratic Party leader T.C. (Tommy) Douglas in 1965. Douglas was instrumental in the creation of Medicare.
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At the dawn of Medicare, Saskatchewan’s community co-op clinics pioneered team-based, holistic care. Now, with the health system in crisis 60 years later, it may be time to return to that care model.
Over the past month, clinics have seen a surge of sick children presenting with RSV, the flu and other viruses.
Family physicians are on the frontline of health care, and their observations and support can help us get through the upcoming winter season.
Gender-diverse adults have a harder time getting effective primary and preventive health care than their nontransgender counterparts.
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From primary care to cancer screening and insurance coverage, gender-diverse people still face many hurdles to getting good medical care.
Sometimes you just can’t wait to see a doctor. With the addition of more virtual services during COVID, these days you have more options.
Building safer workplaces requires leaders who understand how years of resource constraints, unhealthy work environments, abuse from patients and a pandemic have contributed to overwhelming burnout and job dissatisfaction among workers.
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The future of our health system depends on recruiting and retaining passionate and highly skilled health-care workers. It’s essential to build work environments where they feel supported and safe.
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.
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.
Labor’s election pledge for Medicare includes some additional funding, but to strengthen the system, it needs to improve people’s access to doctors.
Very few medical societies have public policies about how to deal with their interactions with companies.
Voluntary medical societies have important roles in professional education and advocacy for doctors and patients, but there is need for transparency about relationships with pharma and health industry.
The future of virtual learning? In Canada, doctors and nurses are engaged in professional development studies alongside design engineer students in Italy.
Courses designed to foster peer-to-peer learning in virtual spaces can yield research insights across disciplines.
Going beyond window dressing is crticial in promoting equitable medical education.
Medical schools need long-term equity planning and built-in accountability measures in order to help realize a larger vision of anti-racist and inclusive health care.
The pathway for foreign doctors to practise in New Zealand is neither easy nor very fair, meaning an over-stretched health system is missing out on valuable expertise.
Police officers speak to a health-care professional outside the emergency department at Toronto General Hospital during a protest against COVID-19 measures in September 2021.
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Although demanding, disruptive and violent patients are a major contributor to physician burnout, solutions to address this increasing problem are not a priority.
It’s time to make caring doctors the norm, not the exception.
The quality of grit – passion and sustained persistence – is a useful predictor of burnout and exhaustion for doctors and maybe the rest of us too.