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As you know, COA delivers COA Dispatch direct to your inbox each Tuesday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed this month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the COA Dispatch news portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.


Why the long wait for foot, ankle surgeries in Nova Scotia?
The Chronicle Herald
Dr. Mark Glazebrook says there's a popular misconception in this province about wait times for foot and ankle surgeries. Many people may think it will take a decade or so to get an operation done, he said recently, but it takes that length of time just to get an appointment with him. He's the only full-time foot and ankle surgeon in Nova Scotia; another specialist in New Glasgow does the surgeries on a part-time basis, devoting half of his practice to foot and ankle surgery.
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New X-ray app can be used for testing and training worldwide
BBC News
A group of medical consultants in Belfast have teamed up with IT specialists to develop a mobile app that can identify where a doctor is going wrong when interpreting X-rays. The app helps medics develop their skills. It also identifies areas of weakness that can be worked on in training and that could potentially save lives. According to those behind the training tool, it is the first of its kind in the world.
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Why the future of health care may depend on tearing down the hospital
The Globe and Mail
Adel Doss has seen the inside of a hospital too many times to count. The 54-year-old Toronto resident, who has Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, fell in his home last fall, leaving him with two broken arms and so frail he had to be hospitalized. Patients like Mr. Doss who have chronic problems get caught up in a vicious cycle of deteriorating at home until they require hospitalization, then get discharged only to repeat the process every few weeks or months.
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Funding for extra orthopaedic surgeries
Chatham Daily News
The Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network has provided $309,000 in one-time funding for an additional 117 orthopaedic surgeries in Chatham-Kent, Windsor and Sarnia. A total of 42 surgeries are being allotted to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, including 35 knees, four hips and three shoulder procedures.
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Le Canada en bas du classement pour les temps d'attente aux urgences
Libération
Les Canadiens ont les temps d'attente les plus longs dans les services d'urgence par rapport aux pays les plus riches de l'OCDE, selon une étude du Conseil canadien de la santé. "Les Canadiens semblent avoir une vision optimiste des soins de santé et de leur propre état de santé, mais le rapport soulève de sérieuses questions sur (...) l'accès aux soins après les heures normales de travail et l'utilisation des programmes de dépistage", a estimé Mark Dobrow, directeur de cet organisme parapublic.
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