health policy

Getting medical marijuana laws right

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on July 25, 2014 - 21:47

An interesting piece today relating to Canada's evolving laws on medical marijuana.

Healthcare system woes

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on July 18, 2014 - 13:12

A recent report from the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit, private American foundation, compares the U.S. healthcare system with a number of its international counterparts.

The shredding of evidence: some holiday reading

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on December 16, 2013 - 16:51

Journalist Chris Turners new book, The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper's Canada

On physician compensation

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on September 27, 2013 - 13:38
Today's Globe and Mail does put it neatly: "Canada has more doctors, making more money than ever". Although it really needs a much closer and sensitive look.

Obesity, disease and the social determinants of health

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on July 4, 2013 - 14:32

With the American Medical Association’s recent decision to reclassify obesity as a disease (it was previously "a condition"), the Canadian Medical Association may well begin considering a similar stance beginning at their August meeting and continuing into the fall. In practice, doctors in Canada may already treat obesity as a disease; however, a formal decision to label it as such would have policy implications.

Good night Dr. Morgentaler

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on May 29, 2013 - 14:09

Henry Morgentaler died this morning, at home, at 90.

How to Fix Canada's Health Care System

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on May 24, 2013 - 22:04

Therese Stukel and David Henry, two lead authors on this week's OM paper, argue on the Huffington Post blog that Canada's health care system requires urgent reform, particularly in the area of chronic care delivery (as it's currently designed for acute, episodic care even as chronic disease accounts for an ever-greater share of health care spending). And they cite their research into the viability of using virtual multi-specialty networks as a model for delivering more coordinated care.

Improving chronic disease management

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on May 16, 2013 - 12:05

Providing better care for patients with chronic disease requires well-connected networks, each consisting of a primary care provider, specialists, and hospitals. Ideally, the combination of good care and good communication between a family doctor and specialists will reduce re-hospitalizations and improve patients’ well-being, while reducing the costs to an overburdened health care system facing ever more chronically ill patients with long-term, complex care needs.

Media release: Multispecialty physician networks in Ontario

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on May 15, 2013 - 13:20

The authors of the present study assessed the extent to which informal, existing multispecialty physician networks in Ontario could be identified. The idea was to use available health administrative data to exploit natural linkages among patients, physicians, and hospitals based on existing patient flow—that is, on where patients naturally go when they require health care.