Healthcare

Calgary physician returns from humanitarian trip to flood-ravaged Pakistan

Dr. Fozia Alvi made a quick return to her practice at East Airdrie Medical Center this week, jetlagged and traumatized from a whirlwind trip to her previous home country. She spent 10 days alongside other doctors with health-care non-profit Humanity Auxilium, building a field hospital and treating about 800 patients a day in Pakistan. “I …

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Victoria Clinics charges subscription fee for access to a family doctor

Patients of two clinics in Greater Victoria are being asked to pay monthly or annual subscription fees to access the services of the family doctor on staff, a model that has alarmed proponents for the public health-care system. The Victoria area is among the hardest hit with the family doctor shortage. Starting Nov. 1, Beta …

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Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital closes birthing unit as staff shortage worsens

A multi-week closure of labor and delivery services at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital is raising concerns that health-care staffing shortages are spreading to new areas of hospital operations. The hospital said in an internal memo circulated to staff on Thursday that it will temporarily close the unit from Sept. 22 to 7 …

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CUPE: Manitoba health-care workers get retroactive raises, signing bonus

WINNIPEG- Some 18,000 health-care support workers in Manitoba have ratified a new collective agreement that includes pay raises. The Canadian Union of Public Employees says its members have voted in favor of the deal reached earlier his month. It covers workers in many areas, including the southern, northern and Winnipeg regional health authorities. The seven-year …

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Healthcare Learned a Lot From Covid. 12 Ways to Invest Now.

Thanks to vaccines, treatments, and preventive measures, the Covid crisis has eased, even if the pernicious virus persists. The pandemic’s evolution gives healthcare companies a chance to focus on other issues, including drug-patent expirations, pricing pressures, regulatory changes, and deal making. For investors, a bear market in stocks adds another wrinkle—and an opportunity to snap …

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Orano Canada donates $250K to new NICU at Victoria Hospital

Left to Right: Cody Barnett (Victoria Hospital Foundation), Glenn Lafleur (Orano), Tammy Van Lambalgen (Orano), and Andrea Dutchak (SHA). (Submitted/Victoria Hospital Foundation) By Jaryn Vecchio Large Donation Sep 22, 2022 | 5:17 PM A uranium company is donating $250,000 in support of the new NICU at Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital. Orano Canada made the announcement …

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Letters Sept. 23: Can MDs de-enrol from our health plan?; we already know what extreme heat can do

Questions about BC health care Re: “If doctors opt out, we have a two-tier system,” commentary, Sept. 16. The commentary asked some good questions, and hopefully there will be some quality responses. It is time for an informed and worthwhile discussion. Can the BC government de-enroll a patient from the BC provincial insurance plan, such …

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New Interior Health hiring requirements spark uproar amongst lab staff – Okanagan

A new initiative to hopefully address what is being called an urgent need for lab staff in the Interior Health region is sparking uproar from trained lab assistants. New job postings for a lab phlebotomist, whose primary role is to draw blood, only require a Grade 10 education and a year of relevant experience. The …

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