Social policies must catch up with science
We are not our genes. The choices we make, from breakfast to bedtime, reshape our gene expression, moulding us into the people we are. Living an active life of purposeful activity with social support, eating nutritiously and sleeping well in a safe place to call home can reduce our risk of a host of diseases.
U.S., Canadian health care systems share some challenges
Both Canada and the United States are historically and practically steeped in fee-for-service medicine, and much of the power to control prices rests in the hands of the medical establishment. While provincial governments have periodic negotiations with medical and hospital groups, and there are global budgets for hospitals that try to constrain costs, the system is relatively expensive.
How an inadequate minimum wage is linked to poorer health outcomes — for everyone
At some point of almost every day in my office, I feel frustrated and powerless. At that moment, I find myself standing with my patient on the edge of a chasm: ill health lies in the crevasse below, good health lies on the other side. And we cannot, between us, build the bridge to get across. We know what that bridge looks like, but we do not have the materials to build it.