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2016-08-22 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC
We better be careful not to get swept away by the spin of BC Liberals pre-election buzz.
And when it comes to the spin on health care they're not alone.
The same spin seems to be coming from the leaders of the medical association DoctorsOfBC. Is this the result of being co-managers of BC healthcare for almost a decade through the GPSC and other initiatives?
Is it any surprise they are all so complimenting of each other?
What are we to believe? That they have a plan? That it's going to work, someday, soon?
Yes, the plan to spend tax payer dollars is happening. Billions of dollars and hundreds of millions over budget. So where are the results?
2016-07-21 Dr Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver, BC
What is the future of medicine and health care in BC and Canada? Where are we going?
While everyone is out having fun in the summertime, the Government and other organizations, use this time to put out information they know few will have time to see or digest. Much like they also use the busy time of Christmas and the Winter holiday season to slip through items. Some people may just consider it prudent timing, others may see it as deliberate avoidance of proper public consultation.
In recent weeks we have heard about the "GP for Me" initiative of the BC Government with co-management by the Doctors Of BC, legally incorporated as the British Columbia Medical Association.
This initiative has been one of several emanating from the agreements of 2006 and subsequently.
The goal of "GP for Me", a GP for everyone in BC who wants one by 2015, has not been met.
However, we do not hear the Minister of Health, Terry Lake, or the Doctors Of BC speak of having failed to meet the target.
Medicine is, at its center, a moral enterprise grounded in a covenant of trust. This covenant obliges physicians to be competent and to use their competence in the patient's best interests. Physicians, therefore, are both intellectually and morally obliged to act as advocates for the sick wherever their welfare is threatened and for their health at all times.
Today, this covenant of trust is significantly threatened.
The results on the survey so far may come as a surprise.
Was it fair to ask these questions? Some comments have questioned this, but these are some of the questions that doctors have been asking each other in hallways, over coffee, and at meetings. So why not ask them in a survey?
The survey was not sponsored by anyone. All members of doclounge can use the survey tools to create a questionnaire and the survey was made public to allow the questions to be answered anonymously. The tools can be used for any kind of survey.
What are the results of the survey?
This tax season has been one of the least stressful thanks in large part to StudioTax free software for Canadian tax filing.
Also, thanks to a colleague sharing their recommendation and experience along with a few helpful tips to encourage using it.
Only after having completed the Netfile process I came across an article on the Globe and Mail website highlighting the last kick at the can for some tax credits. Some of these extend into the 2016 and 2017 Tax years and well worth a look. They relate to Fitness and Art tax credits, Education and textbook credits, as well as some less broadly applicable ones.
I'm always happy to receive wishes to have a good day.
Today, I was surprised by a designated doctor's day on May 1 in Ontario. Complete with kids coloring page, "My doc rocks because ..."
This is new to me. I've never celebrated doctor's day or known anyone who has.
On looking a little further I found that March 30 is touted as a national doctors day,
Z. Essak, MD - Vancouver - April 26, 2016.
Below is a link to the Globe and Mail article from April 13, 2016.
Hopefully, the debate around the court case, involving Dr. Brian Day's private Cambie Surgery Centre and the BC Provincial Government with a trial scheduled to begin June 6, will not become polarized with views of exclusivity between public and private health care but instead what we could and should do to make public health care more effective so that escape valves, like private care, are less needed without eradicating access to private care by individuals should they need it.
How far do individuals have to go? If the public system delivers the needed service great. If not, is there private care here at home in Canada or do people have to go to other countries?
Job Posting for Deputy Registrar at College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSBC) – Is something different?
Z. Essak, MD – Vancouver, BC – 2015 Apr 23
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC is looking to hire a new Deputy Registrar with the deadline for applications of April 30, 2015 fast approaching.
Is there something different about the experience required in this job posting – “a career opportunity in medical regulation”?
The proven experience and qualifications all candidates should have begins with, "minimum 10 years of senior administrative experience in a complex health-related organization (e.g. regulator, health authority, association, etc.)"
Also the requirements, while including "medical degree preferred", are open to others with "master of business/health administration or law degree also accepted".
Is this a sign of changes or a shift underway at the College (CPSBC)?