A new program called the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program is the first of its kind in Canada. The program provides patients and their partners with the skills needed to cope with the hard choices of prostate cancer treatments and their side effects, even the decision to watch and wait.
In early December, as part of the new five-year Physician Master Agreement, the government earmarked $18 million to enable doctors to provide input and help lead health system change. It is a first in Canada, but not a risky leap for BC, which already has evidence that putting funding behind physician champions has a great return on investment.
A UBC study claims BC's push for better primary care has been a $1-billion bust. I explain in this blog entry why I think this study is weak and inconclusive and welcome debate and discussion.
Over the last six or seven years, unbeknownst to many, a dramatic shift has occurred in the BC health care narrative. In fact, a new collaborative culture between government and the medical profession has been emerging that is creating positive health care change.
For more than a 100 years, the stethoscope has been the one personal piece of diagnostic equipment that every physician carries, slung around the neck or curled in the lab coat pocket, for the prompt listening to the gurgles, rasps, lub-dubs and whooshes of patients' tell-tale body sounds. But now hand-held ultrasound devices, about the size of a large cellphone, will soon be in every physician's pocket.