Supporting doctors to champion change

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.  

So long stethoscope -- hello hand-held ultrasound

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.