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May 2012

Doctors’ Pay

By | May 11th, 2012|Categories: Medicine|Tags: , , , , , |

I wrote this back in 2004 and published in the London Free Press in response to a columnist’s suggestion that Doctors are “milking the system”… It has some relevance now with the unilateral moves by

May 2011

Informed Consent

By | May 25th, 2011|Categories: Canada, Health Care, Medicine|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This piece was originally written in 2006. Although Ariel Sharon’s massive stroke figures in the beginning, this was really just the instigator for a broader piece on consent. The headlines were suitably dramatic. The Globe’s

We All Die – Why not at home

By | May 21st, 2011|Categories: Canada, Health Care, Medicine|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This is a piece that I wrote and was published in the London Free Press back in March 2005 An Ipsos-Reid poll conducted last fall revealed that although 95% of Canadians would like to die

March 2011

…. and must support him into death

By | March 23rd, 2011|Categories: Health Care, Medicine, Poems|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Apologies in advance for the death-related themes… In my line of work it’s difficult to avoid or minimize. Roughly one-fifth to one-quarter (20-25%) of all patients admitted to a tertiary care intensive care unit die.