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Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Task force outlines recommendations for virtual health care in Canada

The Virtual Care Task Force (VCTF) has released a new report containing its recommendations for the expansion of virtual health care in Canada. Virtual health care is when a physician or medical professional interacts with their patient remotely, or through »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Health care for seniors: possible election issue

Canadians love to vaunt the fact of our universal health care system. A new survey though shows that for many Canadians accessing the system is not quite what is often vaunted. While a majority indicated easy or moderate access to »

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Rising pharmaceutical costs renew calls for solutions

Prescription drug costs are expected to cost Canadians over $33 billion dollars this year. A Toronto, Ontario doctor and researcher says it’s time for a “pharmacare” programme, among other solutions which could keep costs down. Dr Iris Gorfinkel (M.D.) is »

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Canada ill-prepared for aging population

Although most won’t know it, Oct. 1 is “National Seniors Day” in Canada. Not a holiday, it is however a day declared by the federal government as a time to appreciate and celebrate seniors, generally considered age 65 and above. »

Health, International

Reducing the toll of medical accidents

We in Canada pride ourselves on a first-class medical system, but statistics show a surprising fact. Tragically, many Canadians who enter hospitals or get home treatment, will suffer injuries, serious complications or even death as a result of medical errors »

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Will your doctor be replaced by a robot?

Dr. Brian Hodges has a stern warning for future healthcare providers: learn to be caring and compassionate or be replaced by robots in white coats. Advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, deep learning and big data will in the near future »

Economy, Health, Society

Expanding pharmacy services could help save nearly $26B: study

Expanding medical services offered at local pharmacies to help Canadians quit smoking, manage heart disease and offer flu shots could save Canada’s health care system billions of dollars, according to a new report released today by The Conference Board of Canada. The report, entitled »

Health, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Update: legal challenge to Canada’s public health care

One of the most serious legal challenges to Canada’s public health care system is wrapping up its first session in the British Columbia Supreme Court. Dr Brian Day who operates his own surgical centre, the Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver, »

Health, Indigenous, Society

A call for changes to Arctic health care after baby death

A coroner’s inquest into the 2012 death of a three-month old in a remote Arctic community recommends significant changes to health care in the northern territory of Nunavut. The inquest’s jury was unable to determine the exact cause of Makibi »

Health, Politics, Society

Major case: Canada’s public health care system on trial

Dr. Brian Day, Medical Director of the Cambie Surgery Centre, is challenging B.C.’s ban on the purchase of private insurance for medically necessary services already covered by the public system. © Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press) It is a lawsuit that has »