How do we decrease emergency room visits?

Canadians have the highest rates of emergency room visits among high-income countries. We need a better care model

How do we decrease emergency room visits?You get home after a long day at work and the cough that’s been bugging you just doesn’t seem to be letting up. Your muscles ache, you have chills and you hear a slight wheeze when you breathe out. Do you head to the local emergency department? A walk-in clinic? Or does your family doctor…

Health-care is stuck in a decades-old communication model

Patients want to book appointments online, track the status of their referrals and access their records. That all requires political leadership

Health-care is stuck in a decades-old communication modelTechnology has revolutionized how we live, play and work. We don’t think twice about using an app to make a restaurant reservation, track a parcel’s expected delivery date online or ask an online agent questions about a product we want to purchase. In many ways, technology has also revolutionized medicine. We’ve developed drugs, designed devices…

For colon cancer, the best test is the one you’re willing to do

New immigrants and those from poorer neighbourhoods screened at lower rates in Canada

For colon cancer, the best test is the one you’re willing to doIf you live in Ontario and you’re turning 50, expect to receive a birthday letter in the mail. It’s not from your loved ones (though they may send one, too) – it’s from the province’s cancer agency, Cancer Care Ontario. These letters represent a paradigm shift. A health-care agency is reaching out to people at risk…

One in six Ontarians left behind in health-care reforms

Urban poor and new immigrants are less likely to be part of a family health group – and less likely to get high-quality care

One in six Ontarians left behind in health-care reformsPrimary care is the front door to our health system. Whether you’re going for a checkup or have just been diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor makes sure you get the tests, treatment and care you need. But not all family practices in Ontario are created equal. Over the last decade and a half in…