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Winnipeg call for abstracts closes Oct. 13
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Abstracts are being accepted for presentation at the COA/CORS Annual Meeting until October 13. The 2013 meeting will be held in Winnipeg from June 20-22. Submit your abstracts today! Click here to submit now.

Vous avez jusqu'au 13 octobre pour soumettre des précis pour la réunion annuelle de Winnipeg  Lire la suite...




NATF Fellowship — Apply today!
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Applications for the North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF) are being accepted until Dec. 30, 2012. This dynamic fellowship is open to surgeons who have completed their residency training in Canada up to three years ago. The tour of Canadian and American centres will begin in the Fall of 2013. We encourage all eligible members to apply. Complete criteria and a downloadable application form can be found at coa-aco.org: click on Medical Education in the top menu bar, then click on Travelling Fellowships.

Bourse de voyage nord-américaine (VNA) — Faites une demande dès aujourd'hui!  Lire la suite...


Who's fighting for private health insurance in Canada?
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It's been seven years since the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Quebec's ban on using private insurance for 'medically necessary' services covered by medicare. Little has changed since then, but it looks like the seven-year itch is taking hold, because similar cases in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. are all expected before the courts in the coming months. The lawsuits all claim that thousands of Canadians suffer irreversible harm as a direct result of the prohibition on the sale of private insurance. They argue that long waits for care, and the inability to circumvent those waits, violate the right to life, liberty and security of the person guaranteed under Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The fundamental issue is whether individual rights trump those of the collectivity. More


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Le Canada a besoin de plus de centres d'injection supervisée
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Une assemblée de Burlington a récemment entendu que les centres d'injection supervisée des drogues seraient bénéfiques pour Toronto et Ottawa. «On estime que 10.000 personnes à Toronto s'injectent quotidiennement des drogues», a déclaré Carol Strike, professeure agrégée et chercheuse à l'Université de Toronto. «Plus nous avons des installations, plus nous pouvons réduire annuellement les infections.»  Lire la suite...

Les médicaments pour le TDAH suspectés de nuire aux enfants canadiens
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Une enquête du Toronto Star révèle qu'un nombre croissant de médecins, d'infirmières, de pharmaciens et de parents rapportent qu'ils croient que les médicaments pour le déficit de l'attention sont à l'origine des problèmes de santé majeurs chez les patients, dont plusieurs sont âgés entre 6 et 7 ans.  Lire la suite...



Health reforms require surgical precision
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An examination of data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that, over the period 2000 to 2011, real per capita provincial government health spending in Canada grew at an average annual rate of 2.8 per cent. However, the most recent annual growth rates have declined — from 3.6 per cent in 2008, to 2.3 per cent in 2009, and to estimates of 2.2 and 0.5 per cent in 2010 and 2011 respectively. This is a dramatic drop from the previous decade-long trend of health spending increases. These reversals demonstrate the cyclical nature of health spending growth, countering the prediction that health spending will inexorably gobble up all of our public resources as has been argued by some commentators. More

Changes to federal health spending will hit provincial governments hard
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A new report from a federal spending watchdog concludes the Conservative government's changes to health funding will ultimately download billions of dollars in medical costs annually to the provinces, something premiers and opposition parties say will erode public health care and provincial finances. The office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report highlighting the extent to which provincial governments will increasingly struggle to balance their books and pay for health care in the coming years, partly due to the federal Conservative government's decision to trim the growth in health transfers to the provinces. The Harper government’s reforms over the past year to the Canada Health Transfer and Old Age Security, along with its ongoing savings in operating spending, mean the federal government’s finances are sustainable over the long-term, the report says. More
 
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