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Alberta health care wait times force man to live with hole in his face
Huffington Post
After surviving cancer, the last thing David Whenham expected was to live with a hole in his face for the next two-and-a-half years. But that's what happened to the 64-year-old Alberta man because of the province's increasing wait times. Over the years, Whenham scheduled about five surgeries to have the hole fixed, but they were cancelled due to more urgent cases.
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Looking abroad to cure Canada's health care ailments
Financial Post
The Commonwealth Fund and the OECD are among the organizations that regularly compare healthcare in developed countries, and they consistently show Canada to be in the middle of the pack. Canada does well in some areas, such as post-heart attack survival rates, and poorly in others, like wait times for orthopedic surgery, and comparative studies reveal much room for improvement. In the business world, organizations often look to high-performing market leaders and mimic their best practices. But can the Canadian system benefit by adopting the habits of high performers?
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'Weekend effect' hospital risk found in Canadian study
CBC News
Some people who are admitted to hospital on the weekend for emergency or surgical care face a slightly higher risk of death than if they came to hospital during a weekday, but the effect is so small that it shouldn't detract from seeking care, Canadian doctors say. The "weekend effect" — slightly higher odds of dying for weekend hospital admissions — has been documented for some patients in hospitals in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Denmark, Australia and South Korea.
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Medical wait times up to 3 times longer in Canada
CBC News
Canadians wait longer in hospital emergency departments than people in other countries with publicly funded health care systems, according to a new report. The Wait Times Alliance's annual report card, called "Time to close the gap," said 27 per cent of Canadians reported waiting more than four hours in the emergency department compared with one per cent in the Netherlands and five per cent in the United Kingdom.
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Budget Leitao : le gouvernement prévoit une compression des dépenses pour la rémunération des médecins
Le Huffington Post
Malgré l'absence d'entente dans le contentieux opposant le ministère de la Santé aux médecins, des documents budgétaires déposés mercredi prévoient une compression des dépenses pour leur rémunération. Une augmentation de 284,9 millions $ portera à 6,51 milliards $ l'enveloppe globale des services médicaux pour l'exercice 2014-2015.
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