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... I have just described to you the method the Fraser Institute uses to generate its annual Christmas gift to Canadian healthcare: the report on wait times


“I dunno, maybe it's the season, but I feel especially moved by the plight of doctors at the bottom of the medical politics food chain.” From this essay by Steven Lewis: A Man for All Sections: Physicians, Heed Thy Hobbes.

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To what extent are managers and supervisors responsible for the safety of employees who choose to drink at staff functions? How is liability apportioned when a person drives drunk and injures or kills himself or herself or others, after an office event? These questions have formed the backdrop for many recent legal cases on employer liquor liability.
The week between Christmas and New Year's is the busiest of the year (in EDs), and volumes increase by up to one-third above the volumes seen on other public holidays.
Canadians poorly rate their patient experience when it comes to wait times for pressing medical issues and access to care during off-hours and holidays
A restructuring of Canadian healthcare. They were the group on the front lines bearing the brunt of the changes... She forgets that we are humans first and nurses second. … It is about having the experience of being a nurse and having to fit your life around shift work. She gets every weekend, every holiday off, while I work, it seems, every holiday going.

How to create your “personal brand.” Lessons from Mr. Claus as told by Malcolm Gladwell. 
Daily exercise can help ensure a guilt-free Christmas

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