Category: Health

New hospital funding model a leap of faith

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
New hospital funding model a leap of faith

Activity-based hospital funding may discharge patients from hospital ‘quicker but sicker’ By Karen Palmer and Gordon Guyatt for Troy Media Most Canadians probably don’t realize that healthcare in Canada is quietly undergoing a major transformation in funding that could significantly impact patients. Three provinces – Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia – are implementing a new funding […]

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Why Canadian hospitals outperform US hospitals

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Why Canadian hospitals outperform US hospitals

If US hospitals ran as efficiently as Canada hospitals, the average family of four would save $2,000 annually on healthcare By Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein for Troy Media In many countries, bereaved families get condolence cards and flowers. In the U.S., the survivors are also deluged with hospital bills and insurance paperwork. That paperwork isn’t merely an insult. It costs […]

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Report warns more homeless seniors a real possibility

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
Report warns more homeless seniors a real possibility

Number of homeless seniors could rise if we don’t address older adults living with mental illness By Pat Cashion and Lee Tunstall for Troy Media Older adults living with mental illness often face a double stigma in our society – both from aging and from mental illness. They are some of the most invisible and most vulnerable […]

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Canadian food safety highly ranked, room for improvement

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian food safety highly ranked, room for improvement

Canadian food safety ranked high by study, consumers By Sylvain Charlebois for Troy Media According to the latest global report on food safety published by the Conference Board of Canada, in partnership with the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, Canada, along with the United States, is a top-tiered country in terms of the performance of […]

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Lack of midwives costing Canadian healthcare system

| November 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Lack of midwives costing Canadian healthcare system

Midwives could save $800 per midwifery-attended hospital birth and $1,800 per home birth By Ivy Lynn Bourgeault for Troy Media It is perplexing why we have so few midwifery births in Canada. At last count, there were roughly a little over 1,300 midwives attending less than 10 per cent of births in Canada. This figure stands […]

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Canadian healthcare spending declining: Canadian Institute for Health Information data

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian healthcare spending declining: Canadian Institute for Health Information data

But, is Canadian healthcare spending permanently declining? By Livio Di Matteo for Troy Media In the wake of new health expenditure data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the evidence continues to mount that Canadian public health expenditure growth is moderating. Moreover, adjusting for inflation and population growth, per capita provincial and territorial government […]

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Canadian healthcare: patients looking for secure online options

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian healthcare:  patients looking for secure online options

Many Canadian healthcare patients, providers would like to see secure electronic communications Troy Media By Jennifer Zelmer Eight in 10 Canadian adults want online access to their own health information yet fewer than one in 10 currently have it, according to a new study published in Healthcare Papers. The gap is just as wide for other […]

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Nasal flu vaccine may be best option for kids, and those afraid of needles

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Nasal flu vaccine may be best option for kids, and those afraid of needles

Nasal flu vaccine may be more effective for kids By S. Michelle Driedger for Troy Media Vaccination decisions are a touchy subject for many people. In Canada, our seasonal influenza vaccine is typically delivered in an inactivated, or dead, trivalent form, which includes the three flu strains that scientists believe will be in highest circulation […]

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Happy Movember!

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Happy Movember!

This Movember, grow your ‘stache or support someone who is raising money By Michael Izen for Troy Media Will you be growing a handlebar of facial hair or a pornstache in support of men’s health this Movember? I thought I would break from writing on the B.C. economy, and share my own prostate cancer story in […]

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Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Private MRI clinics do not shorten wait times in public health system

Look to Alberta today, not 20 years ago, for guidance before introducing private MRI clinics Troy Media by Ryan Meili This past week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to twitter to ask the question “Is it time to allow people to pay for their own private MRIs in Saskatchewan like they can do in Alberta?” […]

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