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Policy Briefing: Health

Sex, lies and physician supply: why female doctors are not to blame

The quality of debate about physician supply in this country would be improved substantially if we could put behind us the simple-minded rhetoric about an increasingly female physician workforce being a problem affecting overall supply, and focus on changes to workforce trends that are actually affecting our access to care.
The technologies of our medical imaging innovators have strong potential to be part of the solution worldwide to the conundrum of the rising cost of health-care provision to an aging population with complex treatment needs, as well as in providing better patient care, with better overall health outcomes and quality of life.
Communication between public health officials and frontline health care workers critical.
Most Canadians do not have access to comprehensive palliative care.
While I can’t promise that every idea will find a place in our report, I can affirm that, unlike the health-care system’s response to nurse practitioners in 1974, we’ll be open to fresh thinking and strong evidence from any source.
A key budget priority for me is to respond to Canadians’ concerns and ensure that the government invests in the future of Canadian health care.
It is clear that Canada’s current health-care system performs badly, but it is not for lack of money. Focus, instead, must be on value for money spent and undertaking a substantive health systems change.
It’s about taking leadership and working collaboratively to make sure Canadians continue to receive the high quality care they expect now and into the future.
The federal government’s fight to relieve itself of refugee health obligations is far from over, promises a group that successfully fought the government’s decision in court.
Social determinants of health are the conditions in which a person lives, and according to the World Health Organization, ‘are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.’
The question is whether the current decline represents a permanent bending of the health-care cost curve or a temporary pause.
Expect to see niche, ‘bite-sized chunks’ of health policy, as opposed to promising a healthcare overhaul

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