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“A consumer revolution in which a knowledgeable public expects quality, speed, affordability, appropriateness, and accessibility in its healthcare services.” What Michael Decter said in the year 2000.


Shortening the Queue by Jumping It by Paul Faguy

Off the Cuff

. . . a “momentous feat” that demonstrated the potential for kidney exchanges to transform the field. “We are realizing the dream of extending the miracle of transplantation to thousands of additional patients each year.” New York Times.

Michael Decter examines ORNGE in this essay:  Lessons from a Scandal.

Baneful Legacy: Medicare and Mr. Trudeau. Robert G. Evans
. The Constitution created by the Trudeau government is now threatening Canada’s medicare system. What can be done to defend it?

Last call: Michael Decter will explore the Drummond Commission’s Recommended Reform of Ontario Public Services through an ORNGE lens — no rose coloured glasses! Breakfast with the Chiefs. Tuesday February 28, 2012 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Join us for breakfast at 7:15 a.m.). Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. 209 Victoria St, Toronto, ON. Registration required. [a few front row seats still available]

The interim First Nations Health Authority is a non-profit Society under the BC Society Act. The members of the Society are the members of the First Nations Health Council, who are appointed directly by First Nations leaders in BC. To uphold the required separation of business and politics, the members of the Society appoint the Society’s Board of Directors to oversee financial, operational, and service delivery matters.

We all know someone with cancer | Canadian Cancer Stats: 2011
Although there is no cure for advanced prostate cancer, it is often treatable. Many men outlive their prostate cancer, even those with advanced disease.
Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with breast cancer.

Featured article: brought to you by Relay Health – Public Health in Canada: A Difficult History

Recommended Reading

Healthcare Quarterly
Checklist to Meet Ethical and Legal Obligations to Critically Ill Patients at the End of Life
Robert W. Sibbald, Paula Chidwick, Mark Handelman and Andrew B. Cooper

Healthcare Papers
Can Routine Collection of Patient Reported Outcome Data Actually Improve Person-Centered Health?
Doris Howell and Geoffrey Liu

Nursing Leadership
Awareness and Acceptance of the Nurse Practitioner Role in One BC Health Authority
Linda Sawchenko, Tom Fulton, Lucia Gamroth and Claire Budgen

Healthcare Policy
The Sorcerer’s Apprentices
Robert G. Evans

Electronic Healthcare
Québec’s e-Health Journey – Assessing the Path Forward
Patrick Powers

World Health and Population
Infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Fertility Desires: Results from a Qualitative Study in Rural Uganda
Jennifer Heys, Gian Jhangri, Tom Rubaale and Walter Kipp


Private hospitals within a public health care system: the German example
OICR funds prostate cancer study to identify aggressive vs. non-aggressive disease
Quebec Minister Sam Hamad announces $2.8 million for cancer research
Associated Medical Services Announces the AMS Phoenix Fellowships (2012/13)
Ontario’s Hospitals Welcome Drummond Report


Conferences on the Longwoods site | Ontario Hospital Association conferencesEvents in Global Health at the University of North Carolina | Add your conference to the Longwoods eLetter


Vincent Lamontagne to Senior Manager of Public Affairs, The University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Barry McLellan to Board of Directors of ORNGE
Deborah M. Brown, President and Managing Director, EMD Inc., to Chair of the Rx&D Board of Directors
Dr. Catherine Zahn to “Communicator of the Year” for 2011 by the International Association of Business Communicators
Marc Owen to President of McKesson Specialty Health
Carlyn Moulton to Chief Business Development Officer, Salumatics
Dr. Robert Amyot to Vice President for medical programs and Chief Medical Officer, CAE Healthcare
Dr. Jan Christilaw, President of BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, receives distinguished alumni award from the University of Waterloo
Paavo Kivisto to lead, interim prevention council to help improve workplace health and safety in Ontario
Leslie McGill to Vice President, Strategic Development at the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association
Anna Telidis to Vice President, IS and IT Applications at the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association
Allan Malek to Senior VP, Professional Affairs, Drug Information and Continuing Education Ontario Pharmacists’ Association
Thomas G. Wellner to Chief Executive Officer, CML Healthcare Inc.
Elan Pratzer to Managing Partner, Canada at Caldwell partners
Paul Lévesque to Chief Marketing Officer, US Primary Care Business Unit, Pfizer Canada
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