People still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

People still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

More than two years after the coronavirus pandemic began, social distancing is keeping some workers from going back to work. That’s according to this working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Some people are not prepared to let their guard down — in the knowledge that COVID-19 has not gone away. Some … Read more

BC Medical Services Commission seeking injunction against Telus Health, alleges extra billing

BC Medical Services Commission seeking injunction against Telus Health, alleges extra billing

British Columbia’s Medical Services Commission has filed an injunction in BC Supreme Court against Telus Health alleging the company is breaking the Medicare Protection Act. The action is being taken against the company’s LifePlus program. Patients must pay to access LifePlus services currently advertised as providing access to support from a multidisciplinary care team and … Read more

Belarus dissident Maria Kolesnikova in intensive care following surgery, opposition spokesman says

Belarus dissident Maria Kolesnikova in intensive care following surgery, opposition spokesman says

CNN — A prominent Belarusian opposition figure, who has been serving an 11-year prison sentence after leading mass street protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, is in intensive care after undergoing surgery, an opposition spokesman said Tuesday. Maria Kolesnikova was taken to a hospital in the southeastern city of Gomel, placed in a surgical ward and … Read more

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

During the pandemic, Rocket Doctor appeared to be on an upward trajectory. About 250 physicians in Ontario were using the company’s cloud-based system to provide virtual appointments. On weekends doctors saw 600 to 1,000 patients and the virtual spots would be booked by Friday afternoon. The emergency department at Georgian Bay General Hospital was using … Read more

Zaporizhzhia maternity ward strike: Newborn baby killed in Russian attack on Ukrainian hospital

Zaporizhzhia maternity ward strike: Newborn baby killed in Russian attack on Ukrainian hospital

CNN — A two-day-old baby died in a Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Vilnyansk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, as Moscow ramped up attacks on civilian infrastructure nationwide. The newborn child’s mother and a doctor were pulled from the rubble of the destroyed medical facility in Zaporizhzhia, as nearby private houses were also … Read more

Ontario CMOH attended gathering unmasked days after masking recommendation

Ontario CMOH attended gathering unmasked days after masking recommendation

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is defending his Chief Medical Officer of Health after videos of Dr. Kieran Moore attending a large indoor gathering while unmasked surfaced on social media. Moore, who recently issued a recommendation to the public to mask while in public indoor settings, attended a party thrown by Toronto Life magazine celebrating the … Read more

New orthopedic center in Edmonton to relieve surgical wait times – Edmonton

New orthopedic center in Edmonton to relieve surgical wait times – Edmonton

A new chartered surgical center opened in Edmonton on Saturday, which officials hope will lessen the burden of surgical wait times for Albertans. Alberta Surgical Group is a doctor-driven private practice that, under contract with Alberta Health Services, will provide publicly funded orthopedic surgeries – a service that is desperately needed, as wait lists grow … Read more

As Ontario health system faces its ‘perfect storm,’ doctors want to see these three things

As Ontario health system faces its ‘perfect storm,’ doctors want to see these three things

The cracks in Ontario’s health-care system have become chasms — and there are three things the government can do right now to reduce the strain hospitals are facing, says the Ontario Medical Association. Hospitals are facing the “perfect storm” of COVID-19, influenza season and a surge in RSV cases among children, along with supply-chain issues … Read more

Ottawa willing to increase flow of health-care cash to provinces on 2 conditions

Ottawa willing to increase flow of health-care cash to provinces on 2 conditions

After months of feuding over calls for increased transfers, the federal government says it’s willing to provide additional health-care dollars to provinces and territories. In exchange, however, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the jurisdictions must commit to expanding the use of common key health indicators and to building a “world-class” health data system for … Read more

NS mom says she had to ‘beg’ for care while giving birth at IWK hospital

NS mom says she had to ‘beg’ for care while giving birth at IWK hospital

Meghan MacDonald thought she was well-prepared for the birth of her first child. She and her husband attended classes, did the research, and were highly anticipating the arrival of their bundle of joy. But she says when she arrived at Halifax’s IWK Health Center early one morning in July after her water broke, what was … Read more