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Fraser Institute report suggests hospital wait times cost Canadians over $1 billion
Yahoo! News
Wait times in this country are a problem. Just how big of a problem is highlighted in a new Fraser Institute report. The pro-free market think-tank's annual study, titled The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, claims that hospital wait times cost the Canadian economy $1.1 billion in lost workplace productivity in 2013 — an average of about $1,202 for each of the estimated 928,120 Canadians waiting for treatment in 2013.
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Toronto doctor reveals secrets of hospital slang
Dr. Brian Goldman had just finished his first exhausting night on call as a resident at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children when the senior resident asked with seemingly genuine sincerity how many patients Goldman had "boxed" that night, meaning put into a coffin. He was joking. But the moment marked Goldman's initiation more than 30 years ago into what he describes as one of medicine's darkest and most enduring secrets, the slang and coded words used by the healing profession to describe certain patients and situations.
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In praise of philanthropy
Several years ago a critic labelled me "Dr. Profit." I was asked later whether that offended me. I replied, "Not at all. I prefer that to Dr. Deficit." The fact is that all Canadian health workers profit from treating sick or injured patients. Across Canada, hospitals depend on financial support from corporate "profiteers" who donate millions from the proceeds of their private enterprises. Likewise, most of the world's great universities—and medical schools — depend on the generosity of benefactors who fund scholarships and endowments that allow subsidized education for those in need.
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Report: Wait time improvements stall for 5 key medical procedures
The Ottawa Citizen
Wait times for five key medical procedures have "plateaued" over the past three years, the Canadian Institute for Health Information said. Though eight in 10 Canadians who needed knee and hip replacements, cataract surgery or hip fracture repairs received them last year within medically acceptable wait times, there has been little or no improvement since 2011.
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Le meilleur et le pire des hôpitaux montréalais
24h Montréal
Retourner à l'hôpital en raison de complications à la suite d'une chirurgie peut s'avérer un véritable calvaire pour le patient. Le journal 24h a compilé les données en lien avec les taux de réadmission de deux interventions fréquentes (hanche et genou) dans les établissements de santé de Montréal.
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