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“I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.” Dr. Sanjay Gupta Why I changed my mind on weed


If We Had a Magic Wand by Hugh MacLeod and Leslee Thompson
The second essay in the Ghost of Healthcare Hope series

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If the public had more information on the way doctors are compensated, they might have a more balanced perspective in terms of giving their views to the government during negotiations,” says Tom Closson, former president of the Ontario Hospital Association.

...almost all suppliers of plasma products in the UK “have a track record of avoidable quality problems, in many cases resulting in deaths or serious chronic illness such as HIV.” Read the essay Tories unlikely to stop Bill prohibiting paid plasma, but why are they even trying? by Rick Janson

While the public, some lawyers and even some politicians, especially in Quebec, are actively involved in the conversation about dying, what are oncologists, primary care and palliative care physicians and other allied health workers – the professionals who are most acutely involved with end-of-life care – doing to mobilize public and private conversations with their patients about PAD and euthanasia? 
...our research suggests that tens of thousands of incidents are slipping under the radar because those who witness poor care and try to report it are being told, in one particular case, to "mind their own business".
Part of the commitment to protect patients and the public should include the identification of risk, as well as the encouragement to voice concerns about the safety and relevance of our practices, policies and procedures in the workplace.

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December 10, 2014: Toronto, ON. IHSPR Policy Round
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