Fall 2005

E x e c u t i v e   d i r e c t o r ' s   m e s s a g e
Actions needed now to shore up medical care system

Both government and the medical profession have vital leadership responsibilities in ensuring that the public has a sustainable and stable medical care system.

P e r s p e c t i v e s
Make time to take care of yourself

At the beginning of this “new year,” consider taking some time to get a status report on yourself.

D o c t o r s   i n   t h e   n e w s
Doctor’s notebooks digitized

The virtual exhibit, Dr. Cluny Macpherson (1879-1966): Reflections of a Newfoundlander, was officially launched this past spring.

H e a l t h   A d m i n i s t r a t i o n
Eastern Health now largest health organization in province

Eastern Health employs over 12,000 health care and support services professionals with a medical staff of over 600 credentialed physicians.

P r i v a c y
Privacy law and health records

It is not clear how Canada’s new privacy regime will ultimately impact health care, but it is something physicians should consider now.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Survey shows women know they should have a pap test… so why aren't they?

Only 35 per cent of women in this province have an annual Pap smear; these rates are very low.

H e a l t h   T e c h n o l o g y
Unbiased evidence: CCOHTA delivers research on drugs, medical devices and systems

CCOHTA’s health technology assessments can save you time in evaluating the research evidence.

H e a l t h   P o l i c y
Ruling on private insurance has far-reaching impact

What is ultimately at issue in the case is whether the Canadian public should have wider access to privately-funded preferential medical care.

I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y
Projects support development of the provincial electronic health record

These projects will assist physicians in providing improved patient care by making comprehensive patient information available in a timelier manner.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Nutrition first mantra of Kids Eat Smart

A nutritious start to the school day makes a difference that lasts a lifetime. Kids Eat Smart Foundation helps kids learn, grow and be their best.

F i n a n c i a l
Return of capital

With their potential for capital appreciation and their regular distributions, a portion of which is sometimes tax-deferred, real estate investment trusts are becoming increasingly popular among investors. 

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Celiac disease: The hidden epidemic

Celiac disease affects one in 100-150 individuals in North America; most remain undiagnosed.

P r i m a r y   C a r e   R e n e w a l
Mobilizing primary health care renewal

Provincial framework defines primary health care as a philosophy, or organizing strategy, to provide services across the continuum for the first level of care and/or health and community services.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Resource kit to help physicians help problem gamblers

Physicians who understand problem gambling, all of its complexities and available resources, are better equipped to identify a patient with a gambling problem and to refer them to an appropriate service.

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