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Health Columnist — Globe and Mail
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Health columnist at The Globe and Mail

The Disease - worldwide silent killer — by André Picard Worldwide, an estimated 550 million people have been infected with viral hepatitis, a family of viruses that can cause debilitating liver diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Jul 28, 2015

RT @pobier: #HepatitisC should be considered principally a healthcare-acquired infection, writes @picardonhealth in @WFSJ guide

Jul 28, 2015

Viral hepatitis: A worldwide silent killer, by @picardonhealth… via @WFSJ @CTAC_#WorldHepatitisDay #HCV (fixes link)

Medicare needs a culture change, not more money — 'Canada is a country of perpetual pilot projects," Monique Bégin famously wrote in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The former minister of health and welfare pithily described a long-standing, frustrating problem in our medicare system: We have solved every single problem in our health-care system 10 times over, but we seem incapable of scaling up the solutions.

This report is a must-read to diagnose ills of Canada’s health care — Just over a year ago, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced, with some fanfare, the creation of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The blue-ribbon group, led by Dr. David Naylor, former president of the University of Toronto, was asked to recommend the five most promising ways the federal government could support innovation in a manner that would both improve accessibility and reduce costs.
Jul 25, 2015

RT @censeresearch: “you will never get meaningful innovation without real commitment” @picardonhealth on feds absent health leadership…

We don’t need an outside panel to assess right-to-die law — If it were being honest, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper would have simply said, "We don't want to deal with legislation on assisted death until after the election," or, better yet, taken a firm position and been willing to debate and defend it during the coming federal election campaign.
Jul 20, 2015

RT @AminaJabbar: A gov't panel on right-to-die shows "contempt not only for the landmark ruling, but for the process of law-making."…

Jul 21, 2015

RT @cmaer: @picardonhealth describes federal response to Supreme Court decision on assisted death as "cowardly dithering."

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When health care becomes unnecessary care — Sir Bruce Keogh, head of England's National Health Service, said on the weekend that a "substantial proportion" of health spending in Western health care systems is wasted on ineffective and unnecessary care. He estimated that 10 to 15 per cent of all medical and surgical treatments offer little or no benefit and, in many cases, do more harm than good.
Jul 14, 2015

RT @janephilpott: We shouldnt be ashamed of talking about wasteful spending in health care system says @DrBruceKeogh by @picardonhealth…

Jul 14, 2015

RT @ChooseWiselyCA: Excellent @picardonhealth article on unnecessary health care & evidence-based solutions including #choosingwisely http:…

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An urgent matter: more public washrooms — Crohn's and Colitis Canada has just launched an initiative dubbed " GoHere," an effort to have restaurants and office buildings open up their washrooms to people who can experience urgent and frequent bowel movements. Business owners and municipalities can post a "GoHere" decal and Crohn's and colitis sufferers will know they can avoid awkward conversations and pleading for access, at least in those select facilities.
Jul 25, 2015

Is the solution to public urination pee-repellent paint on walls?… or more public washrooms?…

Jul 07, 2015

RT @Walk_TO: "Great cities have public toilets. It is an essential element of inclusive urban design." - @picardonhealth…

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Our healthcare system designed for the convenience of doctors, not patients — is a non-partisan web-based project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Manitoba Health Research Council to make the latest evidence on controversial health policy issues available to the media. This site links journalists with health policy experts to provide access to credible, evidence-based information.

Pets may be a comfort, but that doesn’t mean they’re service animals — Earlier this month, Canadian Armed Forces veteran Shawn Lewis was told to leave small claims court in St. John's because he had a dog with him. Missy helps him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, but the judge thought the animal was a pet.

We have built a sickness care system rather than a health system — I'm not a doctor. I never will be. I'm a lowly journalist. I tell stories. For almost 30 years, I've tried to help Canadians understand their health system and their medical care.
Jun 26, 2015

RT @RazaSN: My two fav medical tweeters come together. @Picardonhealth's Incredible cornucopia of wisdom for Drs on @kevinmd…

Jun 28, 2015

RT @hospicedoctor: 'In this Internet age,we are drowning in information, but starving for wisdom' Fab speech to new docs @picardonhealth…

Jun 28, 2015

RT @RichDuszak: "We have designed [our healthcare] system for the convenience of practitioners, not patients." @picardonhealth

In pursuit of ‘superhospitals,’ the public interest came last — On the weekend, the McGill University Health Centre celebrated the inauguration of its "Glen site," a spanking new 500-bed hospital. Normand Rinfret, president and chief executive of the MUHC, hailed the facility as a "shining icon for Montreal, for Quebec and for Canada."
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Jul 28, 2015

Point is: There have been countless studies/pilot projects SINCE 1974, and little scaling-up.……

Jul 28, 2015

RT @deerbrian: @stevesilberman @ZenMonkey @picardonhealth You wouldn't believe the abuse that Elizabeth Miller took from Andrew Wakefield and his crew.

Jul 28, 2015

Viral hepatitis: A worldwide silent killer, by @picardonhealth… via @WFSJ @CTAC_#WorldHepatitisDay #HCV (fixes link)

Jul 28, 2015

I wrote NPs "could do 70 per cent of doctors’ work w/ no difference in outcomes." Did not mention of NP-led clinics.…

Jul 28, 2015

RT @KingstonCHC: An estimated 220,697 Canadians are living with chronic Hepatitis C. Get tested! #WorldHepatitisDay #ygk #napanee

Jul 28, 2015

SK docs ratify 4-four deal: 4.9 % pay hike plus 3% lump-sum payment @childrenhospSK

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