The perils of bottom-line blood collection

Why is Health Canada aiding a private company instead of safeguarding Canadian blood supplies?

The perils of bottom-line blood collectionAs the snow falls and the mercury drops, Health Canada has found itself in some hot water. The trouble has been years in the making – since at least 2013. That’s when Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a profit-seeking company that pays individuals for their blood plasma, sought to open its first location. A recent media…

Putting patients first can save Canada’s health system

Patients First could be an incredible moment for health sector leaders to dramatically reshape how health care is delivered

Putting patients first can save Canada’s health systemOntario is getting older. The number of seniors has been steadily increasing and, over the next 20 years, will double. Including factors like increased use of health services and evolving technology, this will result in a substantial increase in demand across the health system. Those services will cost money. In just the continuing care sector…

Tackling relationship between climate change and health

Canadians innately understand how their health is linked with environmental issues

Tackling relationship between climate change and healthThis week, Canadian physicians are gathering for the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Often called Canada’s ‘Parliament of Medicine,’ one of the meeting’s strategic sessions is zeroing in on the health consequences of climate change. Slated to start with a keynote address from Dr. James Orbinski, past president of Doctors Without Borders,…

Why Canada needs a national housing strategy now

By providing secure, safe housing, we are also addressing persistent health problems

Why Canada needs a national housing strategy nowAs family doctors, we see and know the powerful effect proper housing has on the health of our patients. When you feel unwell, whether from a minor cold or a devastating terminal illness, the feeling of home, the desire for a safe and comfortable place to rest and recuperate is universal. But what if your…

Guaranteed sick time good policy and smart business

People working despite being sick has been estimated to cost Canadian businesses $15 to $25 billion per year

Guaranteed sick time good policy and smart businessBy Danyaal Raza University of Toronto and Ryan Meili Family Physician A food handler going to work with a cough, a parent sending their sick child to school or an emergency room nurse making snap decisions through the fog of a flu. It doesn’t take a medical degree to appreciate the counterproductive consequences of these…