Tag: Canada

9 Weeks to Health – Canada Part 5…Who Cares?

When travelling you always come across new terms and phrases.  In Canada, they refer to the Emergency Department as “emerge”.  When you couple this novel term with the Canadian accent it is always amusing to be told a patient was sent to “emerge”.  Fortunately, they have good data on how many patients emerge after a […]

9 Weeks to Health – Canada Part 4…The Real Face of Healthcare

I was reminded the other day of some wisdom from JFK when he was trying to motivate the USA to embrace change.  “There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long term risks and costs of comfortable inaction”.  Healthcare is a changeable landscape which has increased […]

9 Weeks to Health – Canada Part 3…Integrated Care

The evolution of integrated care in the Canadian provinces is as variable as the languages spoken across this great country.  Each provincial area has the power to determine its own healthcare priorities.  These are largely reflective of the income base of the respective jurisdiction and the presence or absence of some of the larger and […]

9 Weeks to Health – Canada Part 2…The Human Face of Health

It will come as no surprise to you that Canada is a cold place.  It came as a surprise to us that Ottowa, our main study destination, is the second coldest capital in the world.  Now in extreme climates and circumstances cultures have two choices, to become brutal outposts of “survivalism” or special tribes who […]

9 Weeks to Health – Canada Part 1…Quality Healthcare

Different time zone, different continent, different health system.  Canada has rushed headlong into summer, missing spring almost all together, or so we have been told.  Something similar could be said for its health system.  Like Australia, it funds access to “medically necessary care” via a funding stream called Medicare.  Like Australia, it has many provinces […]