Tag: ONTARIO

Drummond Report Chapter 5 Review (Part 2)

The Drummond Report was commissioned for the purpose of addressing the rising costs of health care in the provincial budget and gave a series of recommendations in a variety of areas related to the health care system. One such area under review was hospitals, which the report argued was not being incentivized to increase efficiency […]

Ethical Proponents of Patient End-of-Life Decision Making Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques

Major medical advancements have revolutionized the field of medicine in recent years, including procedures such as the one undertaken by Dr. Adrian Owen and his research team regarding the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to detect levels of consciousness in permanently vegetative state (PVS) patients. Similar to other medical interventions, this technique has […]

The Effect that Wealth has on Population Health

The relationship between health and wealth has become one of the most examined areas in the field of social determinants of health. The material studied in class has shown that social determinants of health such as income and workplace conditions have a greater impact on ones health than lifestyle factors. It has become clear to […]

Atikokan, Ontario: A Rural Community Engagement, Planning, and Priorities Report

Similar to many other rural communities within rural Ontario, healthcare needs in Atikokan, Ontario, have been subjected to be review by the Ministry of Health and Long- Term Care. I have prepared a report with the objective of improving healthcare services within Atikokan, Ontario. As part of achieving the goal of improving healthcare services, the […]

Atikokan, Ontario: A Rural Community Health Assessment

History of Atikokan, Ontario: Atikokan, Ontario, is located in Northwestern Ontario, approximately 200km west of Thunder Bay (Atikokan.ca, 2012). The town is often referred to as the canoeing capital of Canada. It is also known for being a safe, and healthy community with a diverse economy, and strong ties to the wilderness. Atikokan was originally […]

Drummond Report: Chapter Five Analysis

I’ve decided to post my partial analysis of the Drummond Report, which was commissioned by the federal government of Canada in 2012. In February of 2012, a document known as the Drummond Report was released into the public realm. Chapter 5 of the report detailed over 100 recommendations for sweeping changes across the health care sector. […]

The Not so Hidden Impact of Mental Illness.

Mental illness. The neglected component of our health care system, largely due to its “invisible” nature. The truth is, mental illness exists, and it has a wide effect on our economy and healthcare system. These “hidden” illnesses leach into our schools, workplaces, homes, and our emergency departments.  In Ontario, mental illness will affect 1 in […]

Revitalizing our Blood Donation System.

The Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is a national, not for profit, charitable organization that oversees and manages the collection of blood for all the provinces and territories of Canada, outside of Quebec.  Donors are the heart of our blood supply system and the vital lifeline to thousands of people across the country who, each year, […]

Need Help?

Recently my mom asked me for help in finding her friend’s daughter an affordable therapist/ psychologist/ or psychiatrist. In Ontario (similar to many other places), often the quickest way to get help is to pay out of pocket for the services pertaining to mental health. Although OHIP does cover psychiatry, in places such as Toronto […]

Literature.

I really love reading and a close friend of mine (thanks Ali!) recently shared a link full of some of the best quotes in literature (ranging from classics to modern books). I thought I would share a some that I found to be so powerful. I must say I have read a number of these […]