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Speech to Quebec Medical Association Annual Meeting April 20

23 April 2012, 12:05 AM

You can read Montrael Gazette articles prior to and after my speech to the QMA annual meeting in Montreal. You can also get a copy of my presentation here (MS PowerPoint, 3.89MB).

Canada's Health System needs Innovation

19 April 2012, 12:50 PM

Read an article in today’s Montreal Gazette about my presentation tomorrow at the Quebec Medical Association annual meeting.

Toronto needs to re-examine its priorities

9 January 2012, 3:16 AM

Today, I participated in a press conference at Toronto city Hall to highlight the health risks from the impending city budget cuts. The press conference was organized by Russ Ford, executive director of LAMP (Lakeshore Area Multiservice Project) and Dr. Roy Male a family doctor at Regent Park Community Health Centre also spoke. In my statement I had three messages for the Mayor and Council:

1.      Toronto faces serious health issues now, before any cuts to existing programs

2.      The proposed cuts would make the current situation worse

3.      There are alternatives that must be considered before we compromise the health and well-being of Toronto’s citizens

Read the City report on proposed cuts. You can follow the ongoing coverage at the Toronto Star’s City budget site.

Wake me up when it isn't Ground Hog Day

11 December 2011, 7:24 PM

It’s ground hog day everyday for Canadian health policy

Sometimes it seems like the Canadian health policy debate is caught in a time warp. We’re told that health care costs are rising unsustainably, that aging baby boomers will be the death knell for medicare (and all western civilization), and the only hope is to go private, as quickly as possible.

During a CBC Current program on April 12, 2011 I was provoked to say, “It’s Ground Hog Day every day. I wake up and we’re having the same stupid health care debate.”

But, I think the true story is:

  1. Most of health care’s problems are due to antiquated, provider-focused processes of care
  2. Health Care costs are not “out of control”
  3. The aging population won’t break the bank
  4. We need to complete Tommy Douglas’s vision for the Second Stage of Medicare (PDF) — a patient-friendly delivery system focussed on keeping people healthy.
  5. The real issue should be how we spread these proven innovations

On November 30th I participated in Ottawa evening panel discussion on the future of Medicare sponsored by the Canadian Health Coalition. You can see the whole evening including Roy Romanow’s keynote presentation.

You can read my November 11, 2011 Toronto Star op ed (Word) and you can see my slide presentation to the Ontario Economic Council (PPT).


Evelyn Shapiro

18 November 2010, 12:41 AM

Professor Evelyn Shapiro died in Winnipeg on November 10th at the age of 84. Evelyn was a pioneer in gerontology and home care research and policy. She was also a mentor to me. In 1973/74 I had the pleasure of completing an elective in medical school with Evelyn on home care services. Evelyn has been a life-long inspiration on my work.

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