Déjà vu all over again
The most surprising thing in the recent coverage of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada study, which notes that as many as one in six newly graduated medical specialists can’t find a job, is that anyone finds these results startling. They’re not if you’ve been paying attention.
‘Super users’ of health care system the target of reforms
An intriguing idea was recently put forward by the Government of Saskatchewan, that of addressing medical hot spots. It has been reported that just five people were responsible for visiting Saskatchewan emergency rooms over 500 times in the last year.
More health specialists not the answer to health system woes
It was only a decade ago that headlines in Canada were filled with pessimism about the nation’s critical doctor shortage. Wait times for specialists were increasing, doctors were leaving for the U.S. and patients couldn’t find a family doctor. Yet a recent study from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada notes that today, one in six new health specialists cannot find work.
Saving our health system means reining in costs for doctors, tests and drugs
The Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA) recently painted a frightening portrait of Canadian healthcare, with projected costs growing to the point where little money will be left in provincial budgets for anything else — roads, schools, jails. While the report is solid, it is gentle in identifying the real issues we need to tackle.