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Inquest told of racism in ERs

One of Canada's top aboriginal public-health experts says native people face racism and discrimination in the country's emergency departments.

Janet Smylie told an inquest into the death of an aboriginal man during a 34-hour wait in a Winnipeg hospital's ER that Canada's health care wasn't set up to include aboriginals.

Smylie, a Métis physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, suggested the health system is a loose extension of colonialism because it is founded on the belief that one set of people are superior to another.

Chinta Puxley Reports

Health minister orders review of B.C. telemedicine program

Health Minister Terry Lake said the main goal of the telemedicine review is to ensure the service is high quality and affordable for the health system. Photograph by: NICK PROCAYLO , PNG

Health minister Terry Lake has ordered a sweeping review of telemedicine care in B.C., saying in an interview he’s concerned videoconference visits between patients in one location and doctors in another could become “virtual walk-in clinics” with unsustainable costs on the health care system.

Patients have embraced the technology with gusto as visits covered by the taxpayer-funded Medical Services Plan grew a whopping 735 per cent in the last year alone.

De-escalation key in training police to deal with the mentally ill

The homeless, mentally ill man holding a knife is surrounded by officers — guns drawn — in a parking lot.

“Drop the knife!” an officer is heard yelling on fuzzy cellphone video shot by a passing motorist.

Seconds later, a blaze of shots ring out — more than 40 — and the man drops to the ground.

Director of the surgical program for Providence Health Care responds to BC coroner`s reccomendation

More than a year after a patient having routine surgery at a Vancouver hospital died, his death has been ruled accidental, but preventable.

Coroner Claire Thompson determined something went wrong when 42-year-old Wayne McIlroy was recovering after his nose operation at Mount St. Joseph’s in March 2013.

Vaccine combo doubles seizure risk in babies

Photograph by: Joe Raedle , Getty Images

Combining two common childhood vaccines into one — rather than administering them separately — doubles the risk of febrile seizures in children, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found.

Canada needs national palliative care plan, CMA urges

The Canadian Medical Association is calling for the creation of a national palliative care strategy to ensure people across the country have access to a high-quality, dignified end-of-life experience. (DAVID SUCSY/iSTOCKPHOTO)

The Canadian Medical Association is calling for the creation of a national palliative-care strategy to ensure people across the country have access to a high-quality, dignified end-of-life experience.

The CMA is also warning that strong safeguards must be put in place if physician-assisted dying is legalized in Canada. Last week, Quebec became the first province to allow physician-assisted death

Carly Weeks Reports

Replacement heart valve patient happy he went to St. Paul's Hospital

Robert Chidley addressed a crowd on June 5, 2014 to celebrate the 1,000th transcatheter heart valve (THV) procedure by the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Chidley received a THV procedure at St. Paul's to replace a faulty valve in his heart. The Centre for Heart Valve Innovation at St. Paul's is recognized internationally as a pioneer of innovative, minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedures that provide an alternative for patients who are at higher risk for open-heart surgery.

Will seamless health care in Canada forever remain a pipe dream?

One of the universal challenges of health care is connecting patients with the resources and service providers appropriate to their needs. Seamless connections between primary care physicians, specialists, diagnostic facilities and hospitals are the goal of healthcare administrators, but there are obstacles and challenges on the path towards creating interoperability among the many different points of contact for Canadians accessing the medical system.

More Canadian women opting for double mastectomies after breast cancer diagnosis

Kathryn Edwards always thought that if she were ever diagnosed withbreast cancer, “I’m taking them both.”

So when her body created cancer in one breast she had her healthy, disease-free breast removed as well, joining growing numbers of Canadian women opting for double mastectomies even though the extreme and irreversible surgery has not been proven to prolong survival in most women.

The proportion of Canadian women undergoing double mastectomies after being diagnosed with cancer in one breast increased 40 per cent between 2008 and 2010.

Modern-day house calls come to remote B.C. town

In this photo from Livecare, a specially trained medical assistant uses an exam camera to capture images of a patient’s throat while a doctor (on screen in the background) observes remotely. Photograph by: Mercedes Leung

Telemedicine is not what the doctor ordered. It’s what patients are showing they want.

Especially in rural, remote communities like Taylor, B.C., where a first-of-its-kind clinic operated by a new company called Livecare opened Monday. Patients there can now have cyber-appointments with top medical experts sitting in their offices in Vancouver or other cities.

Taylor, a picturesque town of 1,500 that’s just south of Fort St. John, has been trying to recruit its own doctor for years, to no avail, said Mayor Fred Jarvis. Now it has access to a bounty of them.


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