What the Ontario government has done to physicians is so extraordinarily unfair that it is hard even for physicians to understand what has happened to them. Throughout the long and arduous contract negotiation process the government insisted that it needed … Continue reading →
Canadians pride themselves on “Medicare”. Under the Canada Health Act the provinces and territories are required to provide health care which is: Publicly administered on a non-profit basis by a public authority. Comprehensive: The health care insurance plans must cover … Continue reading →
If you are a doctor with strongly held views about contraception and the sanctity of life, how should you treat a patient who comes to you requesting contraception or an abortion? Continue reading →
When I was eight years old I decide I wanted to be a doctor. I never changed my mind. I went to medical school when I was 17 and have been studying medicine ever since. I have worked in over 25 hospitals in five countries on four continents. Almost every penny (or cent) I have ever earned, spent or invested came from the practice of medicine.
My speciality is anesthesiology. I come to work every day with the aim of making things better for people, specifically by getting them through difficult and painful experiences like surgery and childbirth as safely and painlessly as possible.
I enjoy my work. It is a rare privilege to be able to earn good money by doing something you believe is good and right. But it is not all sweetness and light. There is a lot which happens in healthcare I am concerned about. Those issues will be the theme of this blog.
I am appalled by the six million unnecessary deaths caused, every year, by tobacco. I am dismayed that, more than sixty years after we learnt how lethal cigarettes can be, we are still allowing them to be manufactured and sold. This issue will be featured in a series of blog posts during Canada’s National No Smoking Week, January 17th – 24th, 2016.
Please sign my petition to increase the minimum legal smoking age in Canada to 21.