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Vancouver Experiments With Prescription Heroin

Reprinted from the Atlantic article by Matt Schiavenza 11/23/14 Vancouver, one of North America’s most progressive cities in respect to drug policy, will conduct a groundbreaking experiment: prescription heroin. Following a clinical trial involving

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CMA Adopts New Policy on Patient Referrals

Reprinted from CMA article by  Pat Rich 11/10/2014 A new policy statement on streamlining the physician referral/consultation process between primary and specialty care has been adopted by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The statement was

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Are family doctors cherry picking patients?

Reprinted from Healthy Debate by Vanessa Milne, Andreas Laupacis & Mike Tierney  October 23, 2014 When Anne Lyddiatt’s family doctor retired, she went looking for a new one.  The Ingersoll, Ontario resident thought she’d found

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CMA partners with CARP on Seniors Care

by  Pat Rich 8/27/2014 The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has joined with the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) to urge provincial and territorial premiers to take the lead in establishing a seniors care strategy.

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Foreign doctors boost Ontario’s physician corps

Written by JERED STUFFCO on August 26, 2014 for The Medical Post Doctors trained abroad are bolstering Ontario’s ranks of physicians, the provincial college reports in it’s annual review. “1,793 certificates were for IMGs—a record”  In 2013,

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Keeping Doctors in Rural Communities

The following article is a great read on the challenges rural communities are having keeping their doctors. http://healthydebate.ca/opinions/keeping-doctors-in-rural-communities CanAm Physician Recruiting has been stating these facts for almost 20yrs. The only real solution is

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CPS Mobile app coming soon for CMA members

by                     Pat Rich 7/18/2014 News Body Members of the Canadian Medical Association will soon have exclusive free access to a new, valuable electronic point-of-care tool – CPS Mobile. The Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties

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Foreign doctors welcome in Alberta

It’s pretty hard to sympathize with the College of Physicians and Surgeons over their concerns about the 145 foreign doctors who have been brought in to work in walk-in clinics in Calgary and Edmonton

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USA Doctors Migrating North to Canada

With the prospect of greater pay, fewer bureaucratic headaches and the opportunity to provide better care for patients, the number of American doctors migrating north is rising, according to Canadian recruiters and Canadian Medical

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CMA debate on end-of-life care goes virtual

By Pat Rich May 16, 2014 The Canadian Medical Association’s national dialogue on end-of-life care went virtual earlier this week, as CMA President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti led a wide-ranging online discussion. Hosted on

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MDs Fear Pressure to OK Pot Use

Use of medical marijuana expected to explode with rule changes The organization that regulates physicians in Manitoba is worried recent federal rule changes governing medical marijuana will place more pressure on doctors to authorize

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Saskatchewan ED docs get new contract

The emergency department at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital is staying open around the clock. The health region had announced that the ED would be closed as of last Thursday during the overnight hours due to

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Patient off-loading ER waits in Manitoba

In the Manitoba legislature on Monday, Progressive Conservative Health Critic Cameron Friesen said the problem of lengthy patient off-load wait times at Winnipeg hospitals is getting steadily worse. The city, which runs the ambulance

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