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Posted on October 18, 2015

CASE MANAGEMENT- WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT IS DONE FOR PATIENTS WITH ADDICTIONS

Case management involves a range of functions: Screening involves identifying whether someone might have a substance use problem and should have a comprehensive assessment. It may make use of a standardized instrument. Assessment identifies and defines a client’s major strengths and needs, characteristics and problems. Its goal is to generate the information necessary to refer […] Read More

Posted on October 16, 2015

Cognitive Bias and Medical Errors:

THINK OF HORSES, AND NOT ZEBRAS, whenever you hear hoof beats. Physicians know that this saying can be a helpful reminder when formulating a diagnosis of common medical conditions. But problems may arise in arriving at a diagnosis for some serious, but rare, medical conditions when the patient’s initial symptoms resemble those of more common […] Read More

Posted on October 16, 2015

COGNITIVE BIAS IN DIAGNOSIS:

Cognitive bias is a way of thinking that influences reasoning and decision making, sometimes resulting in inaccurate judgments. Cognitive biases (distortions of thinking) and affective biases (intrusion of the physician’s feelings) may interfere significantly with reaching a correct diagnosis. In recent years, many cognitive psychologists and physicians have studied diagnostic reasoning and decision making. What […] Read More

Posted on October 7, 2015

Tasha Kheiriddin: Pharmacare no panacea for health care costs; The NO side of the pharmacare argument

National Post Sept 2012 Health care may have been off the political radar this summer, but this week the issue is back with a vengeance. On the same day that the federal and provincial health ministers convened for their annual meeting in St. John’s, the dependably left-wing Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released a […] Read More

Posted on October 7, 2015

Mark Rovere: With Pharmacare, the cure is worse than the disease; The NO Side of the argument.

National Post | July 6, 2011 7:30 AM ET By Mark Rovere There has been much discussion in the past 10 years about whether Canada needs a national Pharmacare plan. Unfortunately, the plan is driven by ideology as opposed to common sense. While reform of provincial drug plans is necessary, a national government plan will […] Read More

Posted on October 6, 2015

Travel Health Insurance Association Survey Reveals What Canadians Don’t Know About Their Travel Health Insurance:

Toronto, ON (Sept. 30, 2015) – Canadians need to better understand their travel health insurance policies if they want to ensure they aren’t in debt for out-of-country medical expenses, based on findings from a Travel Health Insurance Association survey. Forty-seven per cent of respondents have never reviewed their policies even though 23 per centhave required […] Read More

Posted on October 6, 2015

NATIONAL PHARMACARE FOR CANADA- THE YES SIDE OF THE DEBATE- CMAJ March 2015

Steven G. Morgan PhD, Michael Law PhD, Jamie R. Daw BHSc MSc, Liza Abraham BSc, Danielle Martin MD MPubPol Competing interests: Michael Law reports receiving personal fees from Health Canada outside of the submitted work. Danielle Martin is a volunteer member of the board of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. Correspondence to: Steven Morgan, steve.morgan@ubc.ca Background: […] Read More

Posted on October 6, 2015

Economic value of the utility-expansion for new cancer drugs approved in Canada from 2004 to 2014.

Summary Authors: Kimberley Tran (M.A.); Brett J Skinner (Ph.D.) In the Canadian health technology assessment (HTA) process, drugs are evaluated for clinical and cost-effectiveness following Health Canada marketing approval. Usually, each drug indication is evaluated by HTA bodies individually in line with the specific indication granted by Health Canada. However, when a cancer drug is […] Read More

Posted on October 5, 2015

TRANSPARENCY IN PHARMA PRICING IS DEMANDED BY GOVERNMENT:

J. Michael Pearson has become a billionaire from his tough tactics as the head of the fast-growing Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. And consumers like Bruce Mannes, a 68-year-old retired carpenter from Grandville, Mich., are facing the consequences. Mr. Mannes has been taking the same drug, Cuprimine, for 55 years to treat Wilson disease, an inherited disorder […] Read More

Posted on October 5, 2015

EXPERIENCE COUNTS

 A COMPLEX CASE STUDY: An 81 year old female presented with a six month history of abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, depression and a 30 pound weight loss. She developed abdominal pain with vomiting each time that she ate food. PAST INVESTIGATIONS: All prior investigations including upper and lower endoscopy, CT abdomen and ultrasounds were normal. […] Read More

Posted on October 2, 2015

PATIENT’S NEEDS COME FIRST: CATALOGUE OF 50 PATIENT’S RIGHTS IN ONTARIO

In an apparent first for Canada, the country’s largest medical regulator has drafted a patients’ bill of rights, but some doctors are objecting to its “vague” assertion that patients’ needs always be made paramount. That and other rights outlined in the proposed Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons’ document could create unrealistic expectations, some physicians […] Read More

Posted on September 30, 2015

SUPERBETTER IS AN APP THAT HELPS YOU GET BETTER

Jane McGonigal is a world class scholar in the neuro-science of games and a successful game designer.  Jane’s focus is not on addictive games but on using games as therapy. SuperBetter is a game developed by Jane that has helped nearly half a million players tackle real-life health challenges like depression, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic […] Read More

Posted on September 25, 2015

U.S. DRUG COMPANY ALEXION IS SUING THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT OVER PRICING OF SOLIRIS: CBC NEWS Sept 24 2015

A U.S. drug company is taking the Canadian government to court for its attempt to lower the price of what has been called the world’s most expensive drug. Alexion Pharmaceuticals has filed a motion in Federal Court, arguing that Canada’s drug price watchdog has no authority to force the company to lower its price for […] Read More

Posted on September 24, 2015

Doctor Fired For Not Changing Her Medical Opinion To WSIB’s Liking? Albert Conforzi at Pace Law Firm

Doctor’s Orders If a doctor examines you and says you’re sick or injured, it’s the medical expert’s opinion that counts, right? Perhaps not: A Hamilton-area physician is suing the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and her former employer for $3.2 million, claiming she was fired when she wouldn’t deliver a medical opinion that suited the WSIB. […] Read More

Posted on September 24, 2015

Egg Donors routinely receive illegal payments, study finds- Sign Of Confusing Healthcare Legislation: National Post Sept 24 2015.

One was given a car, another money for college tuition, others cold hard cash. Most Canadian women who donate eggs for fertility treatment receive payment above their expenses, even though this violates the country’s controversial fertility law, suggests a new study. The survey of “intended parents” and egg donors who meet on the Internet — […] Read More

Posted on September 23, 2015

Fraser Institute Puts True Cost of Health Care at $12,000 Per Family by Andrew Rickard

Since health care expenses are funded out of general government revenue, the Fraser Institute says it is difficult for people to determine how much of their tax dollars actually go towards health insurance. Using data from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, a recent report from think tank puts the annual cost […] Read More

Posted on September 19, 2015

THE H.R. MANAGER’S MENU FOR RESOLVING HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS

The H.R. manager should be aware that there is a comprehensive, easily accessible, cost effective menu of healthcare services,  that extend well beyond the IME. Let’s explore this menu: The Independent Medical Evaluation (IME): If the H.R. manager and the lawyers are preparing for war, then the IME is de rigeur. At $2500 to $4500 […] Read More

Posted on September 18, 2015

BRAIN MAPPING: AN OVERVIEW- BY ANGELICA BOTTARO – MEDICAL RESEARCHER & WRITER

Losing a battle with your brain? There may be a map for that We as humans use our brains to understand, well, our brains—and as it’s the most complex of all computing systems, it’s not easy. Even with all that power we still have a long way to go before we can proudly say we […] Read More

Posted on September 17, 2015

MOST EAPs JUST A BAND-AID? Warren Shepell President at EAP SPECIALIST INC., EAP SURVEYS INC.,

EAPs and now some are being called EFAPs have been around for 35 years or more.  Most are reporting 6% usage; some are reporting up to 15% usage in any given year.  Do the math – at the most conservative estimate of 6% usage per year, that’s over 200% usage (does that means 200% of […] Read More

Posted on September 5, 2015

US HEALTHCARE STOPS OPERATING IN 2025-2030

The $1 trillion dollar per year US healthcare system is not sustainable. As a result, the US healthcare system is projected to STOP operating in 2025-2030. The reasons for this failure include: * the change in demographics that will load the system with many older chronically ill patients * the inability to scale the management of […] Read More

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