Tag: politics of health care

Should patients have better access to their medical records?

Should Patients Have Better Access to Their Medical Records?

Patients are increasingly interested in reading the information in their own medical records. Canadian laws and existing technologies support this in principle. However, most patients are not yet easily able to access their medical records in practice. Canadians today have easy access to a range of systems that store their personal information. The difference between…

Focus on quality for Ontario’s pathologists

Focus on Quality for Ontario's Pathologists

Important medical errors in Ontario have occurred in surgical pathology. A report commissioned by the Ontario government recommended an overhaul to the quality management system of surgical pathology. The recommendations for surgical pathology might have implications for other aspects of medicine. Because of public concern about reports of errors in surgery and pathology, the Ontario…

Do lessons from the fight against smoking apply to reducing obesity?

A multi-pronged strategy was needed to significantly reduce smoking rates across Ontario over the last few decades. Obesity is a current and worsening public health threat.  The obesity epidemic may also need to be attacked from many angles, but may be harder to effectively fight than smoking. Healthydebate.ca took to the street in December 2010…