J. Michael Pearson has become a billionaire from his tough tactics as the head of the fast-growing Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. And consumers like Bruce Mannes, a 68-year-old retired carpenter from Grandville, Mich., are facing the consequences. Mr. Mannes has been taking the same drug, Cuprimine, for 55 years to treat Wilson disease, an inherited disorder […] Read More
A COMPLEX CASE STUDY: An 81 year old female presented with a six month history of abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, depression and a 30 pound weight loss. She developed abdominal pain with vomiting each time that she ate food. PAST INVESTIGATIONS: All prior investigations including upper and lower endoscopy, CT abdomen and ultrasounds were normal. […] Read More
In an apparent first for Canada, the country’s largest medical regulator has drafted a patients’ bill of rights, but some doctors are objecting to its “vague” assertion that patients’ needs always be made paramount. That and other rights outlined in the proposed Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons’ document could create unrealistic expectations, some physicians […] Read More
Jane McGonigal is a world class scholar in the neuro-science of games and a successful game designer. Jane’s focus is not on addictive games but on using games as therapy. SuperBetter is a game developed by Jane that has helped nearly half a million players tackle real-life health challenges like depression, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic […] Read More
U.S. DRUG COMPANY ALEXION IS SUING THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT OVER PRICING OF SOLIRIS: CBC NEWS Sept 24 2015
A U.S. drug company is taking the Canadian government to court for its attempt to lower the price of what has been called the world’s most expensive drug. Alexion Pharmaceuticals has filed a motion in Federal Court, arguing that Canada’s drug price watchdog has no authority to force the company to lower its price for […] Read More
Doctor Fired For Not Changing Her Medical Opinion To WSIB’s Liking? Albert Conforzi at Pace Law Firm
Doctor’s Orders If a doctor examines you and says you’re sick or injured, it’s the medical expert’s opinion that counts, right? Perhaps not: A Hamilton-area physician is suing the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and her former employer for $3.2 million, claiming she was fired when she wouldn’t deliver a medical opinion that suited the WSIB. […] Read More
Since health care expenses are funded out of general government revenue, the Fraser Institute says it is difficult for people to determine how much of their tax dollars actually go towards health insurance. Using data from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, a recent report from think tank puts the annual cost […] Read More
THE H.R. MANAGER’S MENU FOR RESOLVING HEALTHCARE PROBLEMS: Raymond Rupert MD. MBA. Rupert Case Management Inc.
The H.R. manager should be aware that there is a comprehensive, easily accessible, cost effective menu of healthcare services, that extend well beyond the IME. Let’s explore this menu: The Independent Medical Evaluation (IME): If the H.R. manager and the lawyers are preparing for war, then the IME is de rigeur. At $2500 to $4500 […] Read More
Losing a battle with your brain? There may be a map for that We as humans use our brains to understand, well, our brains—and as it’s the most complex of all computing systems, it’s not easy. Even with all that power we still have a long way to go before we can proudly say we […] Read More
EAPs and now some are being called EFAPs have been around for 35 years or more. Most are reporting 6% usage; some are reporting up to 15% usage in any given year. Do the math – at the most conservative estimate of 6% usage per year, that’s over 200% usage (does that means 200% of […] Read More
The $1 trillion dollar per year US healthcare system is not sustainable. As a result, the US healthcare system is projected to STOP operating in 2025-2030. The reasons for this failure include: * the change in demographics that will load the system with many older chronically ill patients * the inability to scale the management of […] Read More
NEW STANDARD FOR BIOLOGIC DRUGS By Andrew Rickard, September 4, 2015 The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) and the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA), together with the Ontario Rheumatology Association (ORA) have established a national standard to govern access to biologic drugs for adult rheumatoid arthritis patients who are members of private insurance […] Read More
Uber is changing my experience with taxis. I have used Co-op taxis for about 20 years. The wait was usually 10 to 30 minutes. The service was spotty. The dispatcher sometimes got it wrong. The cabs would show up and wait. Not the greatest experience. However, things have changed. Uber is a major threat to […] Read More
According to Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt in their book “Simple Rules”, simple rules are shortcut strategies that save time and effort by focusing our attention and simplifying the way we process information. Simple rules have proven effective in a wide range of activities. Simple rules work because they do three things well. First they […] Read More
On June 24, 2014, the Government of Canada’s health minister, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, launched the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The Panel was charged with identifying the five most promising areas of innovation in Canada and internationally that have the potential to sustainably reduce growth in health spending while leading to improvements in the […] Read More
Fogo Island is an island of 2,800 individuals located just off the north east coast of Newfoundland. The ferry takes you from the mainland to Stag Harbour. For 400 years the economy of Fogo Island was centred on cod fishing. But overfishing resulted in the end of this industry. The economy was not robust or […] Read More
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE STUCK WITH A BIG U.S. HOSPITAL BILL: Raymond Rupert MD. MBA. Rupert Case Management Inc.
THE PROBLEM: A number of Canadians end up in hospitals in the U.S. Many of them are either uninsured or under-insured. The result is that they end up stuck with a big hospital bill. The bills are a lesson in humility. One night in the ER results in a bill of $32,000. A fractured femur […] Read More
STEALTH SQUAD OF TECHIES FIXES HEALTHCARE: FIND OUT WHY AND HOW- Raymond Rupert MD. MBA. Rupert Case Management Inc.
When the US government put the Affordable Care Act into motion inviting Amercans to register at Healthcare.gov for the healthcare exchanges, they did not anticipate a massive disaster. President Obama and his team needed an immediate fix for this hi tech mess. They recruited Todd Park, former CTO of the US, and Mickey Dickerson who […] Read More