North American negative demographic trends have been flagged years ago and have become common knowledge as a potential threat. These trends can also be identified elsewhere in the world where the “baby boomer” wave occurred, which came with a significant demographic dip to happen afterwards. We are now in it. This state of affairs deeply […]
All subject matters related to how health systems are structured, function, make decisions, are influenced, challenged, and deliver services.
No one will be surprised to be told that more investment is required in healthcare all while public, private and personal spending on health is at an all-time high. Historically, governments increase healthcare funding at an average rate of 2 to 4% per year. The graph below illustrates healthcare funding growth over the past two […]
Easy access to care is one of the most critical problems that needs to be addressed in our health systems. This is further exacerbated by the fact that not everyone has a family physician. Access to family physicians is, indeed, also a challenge in itself as up to 25% of provincial populations do not have […]
When one is out of breath, coughs or makes noise when breathing, logic would have it that one needs to consult a respirologist, right? Wrong. Access to healthcare is based on a hierarchy of care known as “levels of care” or “tiers of service”. That’s why we often hear expressions such as “primary care”, “secondary […]
Battlefields are often times sights of destruction, suffering and despair. They may also be the stage where heroism can take place and out of them can also emerge signs of hope for the future. Even though some may, for good reasons, disagree with the use of such analogy, it is hard not to feel that […]
The pandemic – and particularly the first wave – shed light on major issues with the safeguarding system for our elders living in long term care facilities (LTC). A human tragedy that is both difficult to understand and also unacceptable for a rich and developed society such as ours in Canada; and especially given our […]