Creating an unnecessary barrier between doctors and patients

A convoluted – and doomed – communication portal in Nova Scotia has failed the health care system and its users on both sides

Creating an unnecessary barrier between doctors and patientsMost businesses encourage clients to electronically access their own information because consumers value the efficiency and convenience of electronic access. Unfortunately, the Nova Scotia Department of Health (DOH) has a different idea. It has been a successful barrier preventing most Nova Scotians from retrieving and using their own health information. Few Nova Scotians have access…

One patient, one record: the folly of Nova Scotia’s latest health plan

The plan seems to depend on methods developed in part in other countries that rank poorly for health services delivery

One patient, one record: the folly of Nova Scotia’s latest health planIs anyone surprised to learn that credit reporting agencies, Facebook and retail stores scan many sources and gather your personal information? Although many people have several credit cards, several loans and deal with many retail merchants, the credit reporting agencies have no difficulty aggregating your information, from all sources, to learn all about you. They…

Nova Scotia increases health system complexity at the cost of actual care

Strangely, the health authority seems to believe that increasing the administrative burden on clinicians won’t decrease care

Nova Scotia increases health system complexity at the cost of actual careThe latest missive from the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) – sent to some doctors but not to the community at large – acknowledges the responsibility of the health authority for the sad state of primary care. In an April Department of Family Practice Update we see a development that imposes a costly and inefficient…

Nova Scotia rationing primary health care

Nova Scotia Health Authority insists on deciding who will have primary-care physicians and who will not, leaving seniors and expecting parents in the lurch

Nova Scotia rationing primary health careHALIFAX, N.S. Mar. 19, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Canadian seniors are a privileged group. The Conference Board of Canada reports that life expectancy today is 10 years longer than in 1961. And the average Canadian can expect to live three years longer than the average American. According to The Milbank Quarterly, people with better access to…

Medicare crippled when government doesn’t treat us all as equals

Canadian health care violates human rights when governments cause limited or delayed access to primary and specialist care

Medicare crippled when government doesn’t treat us all as equalsHALIFAX, N.S. Dec. 19, 2016/Troy Media/ – Government administration has created unhealthy inequity in the delivery of health care. An editorial in the Nov. 1 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal recognizes, as have the Quebec courts, that Canadian health care violates human rights when governments cause limited or delayed access to primary and specialist care. In…