Category Archives: Health care

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Health Minister and Deputy disagree on PEI’s new war on pain killers

Health PEI is starting a smoke screen war on narcotics to divert public attention from closing rural hospitals – the Minister and his Deputy tell two different stories

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Health Minister Doug Currie and Deputy Dr. Michael Mayne – two versions of “War on Pain Killers” – a smokescreen?

The announced get-tough stance on prescription of pain killers appears to be a smoke screen to divert attention from hospital closings. It is a phony shadow war at best.

Health Canada reports pain-killer use is dropping across Canada. PEI is on par with the national average.

Where is this “dramatic increase” reported by the Minister, CBC and the Charlottetown Guardian?  Continue reading

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PEI Narcotics Regulations Attack Disabled and Dying

Prince Edward Island’s plans to further restrict legal prescriptions of pain killers will harm the long-term disabled and terminally ill.

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PEI Health Minister Doug Currie promoting new regulations that will harm people with disabilities

The new legislation will limit legal prescriptions for those suffering chronic pain in the terminal stages of life.

Using data from PEI’s maligned health information system, PEI’s Minister of Health plans to limit pain medication for PEI’s 25,000 disabled.

Narcotic pain killers are already highly regulated in Canada and access for people with chronic pain and disabilities can be difficult. New regulations are a likely a smokescreen of other changes in the PEI healthcare system.  Continue reading

Ambulance NB is not free if you are from out-of-province

Travel Insurance – Don’t Leave Home Without It

Inter-provincial or out-of-country travel can put a big dent in your wallet

Ambulance NB is not free if you are from out-of-province

Before Christmas I was visiting in New Brunswick and needed an ambulance for a midnight trip to the hospital.

My heart almost did a flip when a $650 bill for ambulance services came a month later.

If I had been traveling in a province that didn’t have reciprocal medicare coverage, the bill could have been more than $10,000.  Continue reading

Thank you Toyota for inventing the walking robot

Thank you Toyota for inventing the walking robot

Toyota will be selling several health robots to help people walk, transfer from bed to wheelchair in 2013

It’s easy to get excited when Toyota announces a robot to help people walk.

In the 60 years since my left leg became paralyzed nothing really new in technology has been invented beyond the leg brace to help people like me.
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Depression is an Offline Event

Depression is an Offline Event

In the last several weeks, two people that I’ve known from online have taken their lives.

By Chris Brogan G+ – In both cases, there were tweets or Facebook posts or Google+ updates that hinted that things might be falling apart.

But we rarely notice such posts. We rarely hear them loudly, because they aren’t Siri jokes or cats dressed like astronauts.
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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Tracy Odell, Director, APDD

Disability Issues Get Attention in Ontario Election

Disabilities get small concessions in Ontario from political parties

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Tracy Odell, APDD

By Ed Montigny, Staff Lawyer, ARCH

If you review the election platforms of the three major parties you will find little in the way of policies aimed directly at assisting persons with disabilities.

It is clear that the discussions of the economy, jobs and taxes dominate, although health care issues and education also receive attention from all parties. Continue reading