Ontario Spent $110 Million to Get Doctors to Increase Cancer Screening Rates. It Didn’t Work. That’s Good News

Steven Lewis tells us "Canada is a long-standing high-performer in the Choosing Unwisely campaign. The good news is that yet another pay-them-and-they-will-do-your-bidding experiment has failed. It will be bad news if yet again, governments and their medical association tango partners repeat the experiment. These negative results have been replicated quite enough. It’s time to call a halt to this particular innovation.

...From 2006-07 to 2009-10, the Ontario government gave family doctors $110 million to boost screening rates for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer. Never mind that there is a lot of over-screening ... as well as under-screening. Never mind that the evidence for universal breast cancer screening grows shakier by the year. Take it at face value: spending designed to achieve specified effects." Read the full essay here.




Quality of Care - Sharing Strategic Choices

Dr. Joshua Tepper, CEO and President of Health Quality Ontario,
at Breakfast with the Chiefs
November 28, 2013


Breakfast with the Chiefs - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Toronto, ON

Alvarez Unplugged In Conversation with Anton Hart "Digital Health: Looking Back…….Looking Forward"

Richard Alvarez


Breakfast with the Chiefs - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Toronto, ON

Healthcare Zombies: What Keeps them Walking?

Timothy Caulfield and Dr. Danielle Martin





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