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As 2012 comes to a close, COA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the COA Dispatch, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

Alors que 2012 touche à sa fin, l'ACO souhaite à ses membres, partenaires et autres professionnels du secteur une heureuse saison de fêtes en toute sécurité. Tandis que nous réfléchissons sur l'année écoulée pour l'industrie, nous aimerions proposer aux lecteurs du Dépêche de l'ACO, un regard sur les articles les plus consultés de l'année. Notre publication régulière reprendra le mardi 8 janvier 2013.

20. Canada boasts record number of doctors, but is it enough?
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From Nov. 20, 2012: A large increase in medical-school enrollment, coupled with the on-going recruitment of foreign-trained physicians has produced a record number of Canadian doctors. In fact, over the past five years, the supply of physicians has been growing at three times the rate of the population, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The newly published data show Canada had 72,529 licensed physicians in 2011. But they don't answer one of the most hotly debated health-policy issues: Is that sufficient to meet the health-care needs of Canadians? More



19. Quebec finance minister backtracks on plan to abolish health tax
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From Oct. 16, 2012: The Parti Quebecois government's minority status has forced it to backtrack on a major campaign promise. The PQ had promised to abolish an annual $200 health tax paid by all Quebecers. But Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau said the tax will vary on a sliding scale, depending on income. "I agree that we're not relieving (the burden) on the middle class as much as we wanted to," Marceau told a news conference. "We can't go much further given the government's minority situation." More

18. Quebec government: Two-tier health care is here, and we don't want it
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From Nov. 13, 2012: The Quebec government says two-tier health care is a reality in the province and that needs to change. The statement from the health minister came after a report from the provincial ombudsman that lamented the gap between what Quebecers are told about their health system and what actually exists. Health Minister Rejean Hebert conceded that it does appear that some people are getting faster access to service with their credit card. "There is a problem with two-tier health care in Quebec," Hebert told reporters. "I think it's unacceptable." He said the phenomenon stems from deficiencies in the public system that must be addressed, with better front-line care and access to radiology and other services. He said the PQ plans to increase the number of family doctors by 170, and improve access for 750,000 people. More

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17. Près de $100 milliards de plus pour les services publics d'ici 2025
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From Nov. 20, 2012: Les coûts associés principalement au vieillissement de la population vont faire augmenter les dépenses des services publics au Canada de près de $100 milliards d'ici 2025, avance une étude commandée par la firme Accenture. Toutefois, les coûts accrus pourraient être annulés par une hausse de rendement du secteur public de moins de 1 pour cent par année. Dans son étude «Delivering Public Service for the Future: Navigating the Shifts», Oxford Economics évalue à $93 milliards les coûts supplémentaires qui seraient nécessaires pour financer les services publics au pays d'ici 13 ans. La facture totale serait de $745 milliards, représentant 32 pour cent du produit intérieur brut. More

16. Canada's all or nothing abortion debate
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From Oct. 9, 2012: Rona Ambrose is the minister for status of women. She is also the new enemy of the Canadian pro-choice movement, because she voted in favour of M-312 last week, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth's controversial motion that would allow for an all-party parliamentary committee to revisit the question of when exactly a human life begins. The motion, which Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted against, was defeated in the House of Commons by a vote of 203 to 91. Critics have called Woodworth's motion disingenuous; he didn't officially reopen the abortion debate, they argue, but he tried to start a conversation that might have led us down that path. More



15. Renforcer la relation entre pharmacie et promoteur du régime au Canada
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From Oct. 23, 2012: La relation employeur-pharmacie commence à évoluer. De plus en plus de pharmacies novatrices de vente au détail et les chaînes de pharmacies spécialisées voient qu'il y a mieux à faire dans la vie que de se soucier des programmes de médicaments du gouvernement et les employeurs deviennent plus conscients de l'impact financier des employés en bonne santé sur leurs activités. More

14. L'Ontario permettra aux pharmaciens d'administrer les vaccins contre la grippe
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From Oct. 16, 2012: Le gouvernement de l'Ontario a annoncé qu'il élargira le rôle des pharmaciens en leur permettant d'administrer les vaccins contre la grippe, de renouveler les prescriptions pour une période maximale de six mois et de prescrire des aides anti-tabac. Les pharmaciens seront bientôt en mesure d'administrer les vaccins contre la grippe, et même si seulement environ 600 pharmacies sont prévues pour cet automne, les responsables affirment que leur nombre augmentera l'année prochaine. More

13. Drug fast-tracking process used by Health Canada risky for public
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From Oct. 16, 2012: When you get a drug prescription from your doctor, do you ask how long the drug has been on the market? What about which kind of review process it went through before approval? New research suggests the answers to these questions can have serious health implications. Drugs that go through Health Canada's priority review process are more likely to have serious safety issues compared with drugs that go through the standard review, according to a new study from York University. More

12. Canada's drug problems
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From Nov. 27, 2012: Blame it on the law. That's what Canada's Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq did when she announced that she could not halt the approval of the generic version of OxyContin, a routinely abused and sometimes lethal painkiller. The medical community and politicians responded with a cri de coeur of regret and disappointment. Rightly so; opioid abuse is one of Canada's most pressing drug problems. But it's not our only drug problem, and probably not even our deadliest. Science-ish contacted leading researchers across the country to get their take on the minister's announcement, and the other drug-related issues that threaten Canadian public health. More

11. Generic drug use must be a priority
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From Nov. 6, 2012: The challenge to control health spending in Canada while maintaining high standards of patient care is indeed daunting. Prescription drug coverage and the way we pay for pharmaceuticals, however, should be a priority, where costs can be better controlled with no negative impact on optimal patient care. A clear resolve is needed by governments to extract more value from the $22 billion spent on prescription drugs, emphasizing the increased use of lower-cost generic therapies. According to data from IMS Brogan, a firm that tracks the pharmaceutical industry, retail spending on generic drugs accounted for just 25 per cent of Canadians' overall spending on prescription medicines; generic drugs were dispensed to fill more than 60 per cent of all prescriptions. More




 
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