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Kamloops doctor advocates for car-free zones around schools

A Kamloops pediatrician has approached the Kamloops-Thompson school board about creating car-free zones around schools to encourage more people in the B.C. Interior city to use their feet instead of a gas pedal. Dr. Trent Smith told CBC Daybreak Kamloops host Shelley Joyce that car-free zones around schools would alleviate …

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Family physician sentenced to 4-year prison term for largest doctor billing fraud in Alberta history

An Edmonton family physician has been sentenced to four years in prison for a crime described as the largest billing fraud by a doctor in Alberta history. In 2016, Dr. Yifei Shi billed Alberta Health for a total of $1,388,862. According to an agreed statement of facts entered in Court of King’s …

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What the new family doctor payment system in B.C. will mean for patients — and doctors

The provincial government is making big changes to how general practitioners are being paid, with the hopes of recruiting and retaining physicians as B.C. struggles with an ongoing doctor shortage. On Monday, the province announced a new payment model that it says will allow for more time with patients and compensate …

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Doctor who blew whistle on atrocities of residential schools honoured in Ottawa

WARNING: This story contains distressing details. One hundred years ago, the former chief medical health inspector of what was then known as Canada’s Indian Affairs department walked through the doors of a publishing house in Ottawa. He carried a manuscript called A National Crime. It was published in 1922 detailing the appalling and …

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Tributes and admiration for Edmonton doctor who delivered 18,000 babies

Two days before he died, retired Edmonton doctor Chris Hoskins got up early enough to capture a stunning sunrise over the mountains in Canmore. The 74-year-old posted the photo on his Facebook page and described it to a friend: “My favourite view.”  On Sept. 4, Hoskins set out with some family members …

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Monkeypox activity in Ontario peaked in July, top doctor says

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health says monkeypox activity in the province has peaked. Dr. Kieran Moore says the province peaked in total number of active cases the week of July 15, when roughly 16 to 18 cases a day were being identified through PCR testing, while now that is …

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This B.C. couple found a doctor by placing a newspaper ad. Others hope to copy their success

1:53:00FULL EPISODE: Is Canada’s health-care system in crisis? It took his wife putting an ad in the local newspaper, but Michael Mort has finally landed a family physician. The 82-year-old from Victoria, B.C., has needed one to write prescriptions and perform physical examinations since their doctor retired in December. Michael …

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Nearly 60 per cent of British Columbians find it difficult to access a doctor or have no access at all: poll

A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute suggests half of Canadians face challenges accessing a doctor. The problem is more pronounced in British Columbia. Half of respondents across Canada said they found it difficult to access a family doctor or didn’t have a doctor at all. That number rose …

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Interior Health’s slow progress on safe supply frustrates doctor, advocates

A doctor in Nelson, B.C., says after four years of trying to establish a safe supply program through conversations with the local health authority, he is making his frustrations public with hopes it will pressure officials into action.  Michael Vance, a family physician who focuses on addictions, says he’s had multiple …

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How a rural Nova Scotia village found a new doctor amid widespread shortage

A housing shortage, large patient rosters, and a lack of support are some challenges for recruiters looking to attract doctors to rural areas of Nova Scotia. That challenge is underscored by a doctor shortage that’s left more than 100,000 Nova Scotians without a family doctor. Despite those challenges, Sacred Heart …

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