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Health columnist at The Globe and Mail

Court has ruled on assisted death, but Canada is not prepared — On Feb. 6, 2016 - one year after the historic Supreme Court ruling in the case of Kathleen Carter and Gloria Taylor - physician-assisted death will be legal in Canada. The Canadian Medical Association last week debated what life would be like for physicians and patients in this brave new world.
Aug 31, 2015

The always-thoughtful @picardonhealth on how assisted death is going to be legal whether Canadians are ready or not…

Aug 31, 2015

RT @snolen: The always-thoughtful @picardonhealth on how assisted death is going to be legal whether Canadians are ready or not…

Aug 31, 2015

RT @snolen: The always-thoughtful @picardonhealth on how assisted death is going to be legal whether Canadians are ready or not…

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Canadian Medical Association divesting fossil fuel holdings — The Canadian Medical Association will divest out of its holdings in fossil fuel companies, sending a powerful symbolic message that climate change is an urgent health concern. The organization will shift those investments to renewable-energy companies.

Less than a third of doctors willing to aid in assisted dying: poll — A significant minority of Canadian physicians - 29 per cent - say they would be willing to assist a gravely ill patient who wants to end their life. But despite a Supreme Court of Canada ruling striking down the prohibition on assisted death, the majority of physicians, 63 per cent, still want no part of it.

Canadian Medical Association urges health-care strategy for seniors — Reshaping the health system to deal with the onslaught of aging baby boomers is urgent and needs to be a political priority, the head of the Canadian Medical Association says. "Addressing the growing and evolving health-care needs of Canada's aging population is one of the most pressing policy imperatives of our time," Dr. Chris Simpson told a news conference on Monday at the CMA's annual meeting.

New cancer research will help to dial down the fear — New Canadian research has exposed the troubling reality that, for decades, we have probably been grossly overtreating early-stage breast cancer. In fact, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) - a cluster of abnormal cells in the milk ducts - is probably not even cancer at all, though that's semantics.

Put patients in care, not in jail — Jonah Fluxgold has been arrested and jailed half a dozen times, in four different provinces. He was busted in Vancouver for jumping up and down on cars on the busy Burrard Street bridge during rush hour. His crime in Saskatoon was trying to sneak into the Juno Awards ceremony.

Canadians not confident about future of seniors’ health care: polls — Canadians are rapidly losing faith in the ability of the health system to provide care for their aging loved ones and they want the federal government to step up and find solutions, two new public opinion surveys show.

Tories deliver a hollow boast on health-care spending — In a pile of old press releases, one issued jointly by Health Canada and the Department of Finance stood out because it touted Ottawa's unprecedented support for health care. The source of the pride and joy was that, effective April 1, the Canada Health Transfer increased to a "record high level" of $30.3-billion.
Aug 22, 2015

Escalator dropping to 3% from 6%. Federal contribution (as overall %) also at an all-time low……

Sex selection is a complex issue with many nuances — The notion that sex selection - selective abortion of fetuses of female gender - is being practised in some ethnic communities in Canada comes as a shock to many. In response, Rajendra Kale, interim editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, has called for a ban on disclosing the sex of a fetus until 30 weeks, at which point it is difficult to obtain an abortion.

It's all right to try this one at home — Mafalda Macri's kidneys were failing, a condition that left her so bloated and exhausted that she was housebound. "I was so tired that I could only walk a few feet from the bed to the chair, and then sit down again. I was so sick I couldn't continue," she said.
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Sep 02, 2015

We need physicians to end the intolerable pain and suffering of those who cannot otherwise be helped at end-of-life.…

Sep 02, 2015

Some upsetting images must be seen; they are a representation of real horror: @globeandmail editorial #journalism

Sep 02, 2015

RT @wandadwd: Quebec hospice willing to break law and refuse to allow #AssistedDying. What about patient centred care? @CMA_Docs…

Sep 02, 2015

RT @PaulBoiteau: MRT:CDNs not confident about future seniors’ healthcare Ask candidates where they stand this election

Sep 02, 2015

Support for assisted death by affiliation: PC 67%; NDP 84%; LPC 75%; Greens 80%; Bloc 88% (sub requ'd) @GlobePolitics

Sep 02, 2015

All parties’ voters support assisted death. So where’s the debate? by @picardonhealth (sub req'd) @GlobePolitics

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