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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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Report: Changes needed to reduce fatigue of Canada's medical residents
CTV News
For doctors-in-training, long hours and a lack of sleep have long been considered rites of passage into the world of medicine. Now, in the largest Canadian study of its kind, researchers have found the gruelling schedules of medical residents can pose a major risk to their health. The National Steering Committee on Resident Duty Hours has just released the first comprehensive report on how much fatigue is too much for doctors who have completed medical school and are now training in hospital residence programs under the supervision of experienced physicians.
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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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How to loosen up hospital wait times? Here's what medical specialists recommend
Ottawa Citizen
The Wait Time Alliance, which represents physicians in more than a dozen medical specialties across Canada, has pondered this complicated question. The group found some answers in a report from the Organization for Economic Development, which looked at what other industrialized countries were doing to untangle wait-time knots. Here were three of the findings.
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L'imprimante 3D au secours des malades
Radio-Canada
Les imprimantes 3D seront bientôt en mesure d'imprimer des os de remplacement que les médecins pourront transplanter dans le corps de leur patient. C'est l'objectif ambitieux d'un groupe de médecins du Centre Universitaire de santé McGill qui travaille depuis un an pour faire de l'imprimante 3D un outil indispensable dans les salles d'opération. « On prend un rôle de leader », lance le chirurgien cardiaque Kevin Lachapelle.
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