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Researchers: Routine hospital operations producing more waste than a family of four in a week
Canada.com
Operations to replace worn out knees in Canada are generating nearly half a million kilograms of surgical waste every year, according to a new study that says more needs to be done to "green" the nation's ORs. After conducting a waste audit of five knee replacements performed by a single surgeon in February 2010, researchers from Western University in London, ON, found that the average surgical waste per surgery was 13.3 kilograms.
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B.C. residents healthiest in Canada, despite the province spending less on medical care
The Vancouver Sun
British Columbians can take pride in being the Swedes of Canada, boasting the best lifestyle habits and health status in the country. That's one of the findings of a Conference Board of Canada report titled Paving the Road to Higher Performance: Benchmarking Provincial Health Systems. The report accords B.C. an A grade, "on the strength of having the healthiest population in Canada."
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Money a major obstacle to improving surgery waits
The Daily Kamloops News
A Health Council of Canada progress report showing longer surgical wait lists reaffirms that the system needs to do better, Interior Health's medical director for surgery said. Dr. Andy Hamilton said the health authority is working on patient flow, finding efficiencies and managing surgical wait lists. Without more money, it's a difficult goal to achieve.
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Peu de couverture pour les nouveaux médicaments
Journal de Montréal
Les régimes publics d'assurance des médicaments au Canada couvrent moins de médicaments d'origine que bon nombre de régimes de pays faisant partie de l'OCDE, selon une étude publiée par les fabricants de médicaments d'origine. De fait, le Canada se classe 23e sur 32 pays, alors que le pourcentage de remboursement des médicaments se situe sous la moyenne observée dans l'enquête internationale dans 14 des 18 catégories de maladie étudiées.
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Doctors: Canadian healthcare needs structural changes or else
Metro News
Programs to curb hospital wait times have had little effect on five key trouble spots said a physicians group as it issued a report saying "progress has stalled" for Canada's health care system. "Not only has there been no progress over the last year in wait times in any of the five priority areas," said Dr. Chris Simpson, a Kingston, ON, cardiologist and chair of the Wait Time Alliance, "in many instances Canadians are waiting longer now than they were two years ago."
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