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. . .it's been shown repeatedly that investments in children's health pay off incredibly well in the long run.” Mary Jo Haddad interviews Alan Guttmacher


The Patient Voice a Value Game Changer - Today's Ghostbusters are Hugh MacLeod and Carol Kushner…Focus - Patients as partners on the journey

This is a good day for kids: Anton Hart reviews the Healthy Kids Strategy for Ontario.

Off the Cuff

"Jeffrey Simpson's new book, Chronic Condition, Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century probes, prods, and prognosticates without fear or favour." - Hugh Winsor. Come and hear Mr. Simpson at Breakfast with the Chiefs, March 18, 2013. (Dr. Denis Daneman lost a whole night's sleep because he couldn’t put the book down. He’ll be there.)

Over 9% of children admitted to acute care hospitals in Canada experience harm caused by healthcare management, leading to death, disability, prolonged hospital stay, or readmission

Rebecca Marino Did Athletes a Favour by Neil Seeman

Missed the last Breakfast with the Chiefs? See what we can learn from Illinois.

Looking for Ghost writers
We are humbled by the responses to the Ghost Busting Essay Series. Now, we are looking for essays from frontline and middle management capturing the voice of the Ghost of Healthcare Present. If you are interested in co-authoring with Hugh please submit your 500 word essay to For context and layout, we suggest reading the previous Essays. Deadline date for submission is April 23, 2013. All material is subject to editorial review by Longwoods . . . . and remember: “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” So said Rabindranath Tagore.

Science Verifies the Best Weight-Loss Diet: Discover Magazine reports that a Low-carb diet is the best way to keep weight off. It was one of their top 100 stories for 2012.

From our medical correspondent:
The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”) upheld the decision of The Scarborough Hospital not to reappoint a physician to the medical staff

7 Things You Can’t Say in Canada [courtesy of Reader’s Digest] 
Columnist Margaret Wente shares her controversial opinion on seven sacred Canadian cows most dare not criticize. Here is No. 3:
"Only Private Enterprise Can Save Health Care"
Tommy Douglas, the CBC’s Greatest Canadian, brought us universal healthcare . But even his plan didn’t originally pay for everybody’s ingrown toenails. His primary goal was to make sure nobody faced financial ruin if they got sick. Today we have a system where controlling costs is more important than treating patients, and where ideology is crippling us. In some places, including Toronto, people go blind waiting for cataract surgery. The government could restore their sight tomorrow simply by sending them to a private clinic instead of to a hospital. The cost to the government would be exactly the same. But in Canada, private is a dirty word, and so the government would rather you go blind. Poor Tommy would be spinning in his grave.

Healthcare Quarterly
Hospital-Legal Partnership at Toronto Hospital for Sick Children: The First Canadian Experience

Nursing Leadership
Healthcare Policy
World Health and Population
International Short-term Medical Service Trips: Guidelines from the Literature and Perspectives from the Field



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  • C. Everett Koop, Former U. S. Surgeon General, passed away at his home last month. He was 96
  • Sten Ardal to Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad, Toronto, ON
  • Gary Hannah to Board Member, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON
  • Lydia Lanman to Senior Manager, Government Relations and Health Policy, Hoffman-La Roche, Edmonton, AB
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