In the UK in 2002, colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists came up with guidelines recommending when colonoscopy needed to be done. When the characteristics of patients on the waiting list for colonoscopy in one district hospital were examined, only 24% were kept on the waiting list. As a result of implementing the guidelines, waiting times for diagnostic colonoscopy fell from 12 to 4 weeks for urgent and from 40 to 15 weeks for routine referrals.
A. Shoaib, A Hamade, A Zia, PS Basnyat and N. Taffinder. “Why wait for a colonoscopy? An easy cure.” Colorectal Disease. 2005: 8, 480-483.
How the federal government plans to end homelessness
Something largely overlooked by wide media coverage of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2013 was that it marked a significant change in the way we will tackle homelessness in this country.
Keeping doctors where we need them
How do we get more doctors to practice in rural communities? This has been a long standing challenge in Canada — getting physicians to work where we need them — especially in provinces with large rural populations.
Premiers’ priority should be home and community care
Provincial premiers will be meeting as the Council of the Federation at the end of July in Halifax and health care is almost certain to be on the agenda. The first report from the First Ministers’ Health Care Innovation Working Group will be presented at the meeting, and was promised to address health human resource and service delivery issues with a national lens.
Why other provinces may follow Ontario’s lead in reducing physician fees
The Ontario government has reached its first test in its efforts to curb compensation costs — freezing and reducing fees for Ontario’s doctors. The OMA claims that a fee cut will increase wait times.