Health Policy Articles

Medical Politics

Ontario MDs vs. the Ontario government: We need better – Analysis of failed negotiations from January 2015 – Jan 16, 2015

Clawbacks to Ontario MDs: The absurdity of it all – Mar 22, 2015

Political priorities…health care isn’t one of them right now – Feb 2, 2015

Why I’m running for the SGFP at-large position – Mar 17, 2015

Ontario MDs: more of us need to engage – May 3, 2015

Ontario MDs ask for binding dispute mechanism: Government responds with silence, clawbacks, and lies – Aug 19, 2015

What my patients need to know about the government imposed clawbacks – Aug 23, 2015

More MOH secrecy: Patient Care Groups implemented behind the scenes – Sept 16, 2015

What the OMA needs to do now – Sept 20, 2015

Will Ontario Liberals set cap on total MPP compensation budget? – Oct 23, 2015

Why the New Graduate Entry Program is a non-offer – Oct 27, 2015

My feeble attempt at reconciliation between the OMA and the government – Oct 29, 2015

Re-establishing trust must precede primary care reform in Ontario – Mar 26, 2016

Hoskins attacks high physician billers: My response – Apr 22, 2016

A few thoughts ahead of this weekend’s OMA Council – Apr 29, 2016

Engage with LHINs? It’s not black and white – June 16, 2016

A few thoughts on last weekend’s OMA Council – Dec 2, 2016

Making physician billings public? Here’s my proposal – Dec 14, 2016

Province ready to discuss arbitration…now what? – Feb 16, 2017

 

Health System Issues

Resolve to be a rationally prescribing and rationally ordering physician – Jan 2, 2015

ER wait times: A few remedies for this lingering headache – Jan 23, 2015

Don’t wait for the government, create your own Health LInk – Feb 26, 2015

Hospital MDs and Community MDs: Let’s start talking again – Apr 11, 2015

Two ideas to reduce laboratory and radiology utilization – Apr 28, 2015

An idea to reduce the epidemic of opioid prescribing – Aug 10, 2015

Medical testing for students and retirement home patients: the need for standardization – Sept 7, 2015

It’s time to re-establish the lustre of the family physician – Nov 10, 2015

Accountability measures tied to funding must be based on process, not outcome – Nov 20, 2015

Improve primary care access? Let’s start with transparency of office hours – Nov 24, 2015

Who are the doctors in your neighbourhood? – Mar 22, 2016

Cancer Survivor Follow-up in Primary Care – Apr 7, 2016

The LHINs need more central guidance for primary care reform – May 17, 2016

Specialist, send your stable patients back to primary care – May 22, 2016

“Hey doc, why aren’t we doing physicals anymore?” – May 31, 2016

My Christmas wish list for primary care in Ontario – Dec 24, 2016

TB screening prior to long term care admission: time to choose wisely – Dec 28, 2016

TB screening: Part 2 – Jan 18, 2017

Low back pain in the South West LHIN – February 9, 2017

Mumps boosters: A quality improvement challenge – Mar 4, 2017

 

Medical Skepticism

The lure of “integrative medicine” – Feb 28, 2015

CAM research in universities: Throwing good money down the well – Feb 21, 2015

Take the Supplement-ectomy Challenge! – Feb 11, 2015

The Supplement Fanaticism of Some Eye Professionals – Apr 24, 2015

 

Miscellaneous Health Topics

Food trucks in London: The need for menu nutrition labelling – Jan 22, 2015

Why I recommend physiotherapy to my patients – Feb 7, 2015

#BellLetsTalk? Ok, let’s talk – Jan 28, 2015

Valeant Pharmaceuticals: Not exactly a model of social conscience – Apr 27, 2015

The Sens and Melnyk got their liver: now their real work begins – May 23, 2015

Pro sports and concussions: blurring an already blurred line – May 26, 2015

Statins and diabetes: what I tell my patients – Jun 1, 2015

An analysis of the COLOGIC test for colorectal cancer – Aug 9, 2015

Treating to target in gout: absence of evidence – Nov 20, 2015

Would Donald Trump actually be the healthiest president ever? – Dec 15, 2015

Idea: Free mobile phone access for the medically-fragile poor – Dec 26, 2015

What anti-vaxxers and Trump supporters have in common – Mar 6, 2016

Going through a year’s worth of junk faxes – Apr 1, 2016

My response to the Medical Post article on homeopathy – May 21, 2016

Spotting pseudoscience on social media – Oct 30, 2016

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