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Sault Ste Marie leads the way!

3 November 2009, 2:32 PM

Yesterday’s blog post has been edited and today is an op ed in the Toronto Star — How one Ontario community avoided chaos at H1N1 clinics. It is always a delight for me to highlight best practices in Canada’s health system and Sault Ste. Marie is full of them. See more about the Group Health Association health centre on pages 101-105 of Prescription for Excellence.

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Canadian H1N1 vaccine rollout hits a pothole

2 November 2009, 4:52 PM

I did interviews with nine CBC morning shows today on the troubled roll out of the H1N1 vaccine. Canadians are rightfully enraged at the chaos of last week’s H1N1 vaccine clinics. There must be a better way to run a vaccine program. There are two main reasons why the vaccine roll out looks like rush hour at a Mexican bus terminal.

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Ontario health care

19 October 2009, 2:38 AM

I had an op- ed in the Toronto Star on Friday, “Can this Minister fix the health file? Job 1 for Deb Matthews is to help the Ontario Government regain its health policy focus. Good luck with that”. The final part of the subtitle was a little unfortunate because it sounds so negative and I am a very upbeat kind of guy. Newspaper readers need to remember that its an editor (usually a fairly lowly one) who choses the headlines. Writers have only a little influence and don’t get to proof the final version.

The op ed has a particular focus and didn’t talk a lot about the medicare issues. The Ontario McGuinty government has certainly done much better on medicare issues than Alberta. But, the use of Public Private Partnerships to build hospitals is continuing problem. And the competitive bidding process for homecare started by the Harris government continues to be a travesty.

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