Winter 2004

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
Doctors, demographics and deficits
The fiscal challenges facing the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are formidable.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Government commits to smoke-free province

A complete ban on smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces, including bars and bingo halls, will become a reality.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Physician referrals to Smokers’ Helpline continue to climb
Almost 20 per cent of doctors in the province are referring patients to the Smokers’ Helpline for smoking cessation counseling. 

F i n a n c i a l
Tax implications of capital gains and losses

When I sell my mutual fund investment I will earn a capital gain. Am I being double taxed?
Physicians encouraged to use WHSCC’s direct deposit service
With your busy schedule, it makes sense to use the WHSCC’s direct deposit service. You will save valuable time and your payments will be safely deposited into your account — guaranteed.
P e r s p e c t i v e s
Meeting with colleagues offers up useful tips and advice
Board meetings are always an opportunity to pick the brains of a few colleagues. We recently had one and I managed to corner a couple of docs and here’s what they gave me.
D o c t o r s   i n   t h e   n e w s
Twillingate doctor named family physician of the year
Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia was honored in November by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as one of 10 national recipients of the Family Physicians of the Year.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
A New Life: Series of booklets for parents revised
The Department of Health and Community Services announces the release of the newly revised A New Life booklets for parents.
H e a l t h   T e c h n o l o g y
CCOHTA provides relevant, evidence-based health information
While physicians in our province recognize the importance of using evidence-based information to make decisions, accessing the right kind of evidence-based information can be a challenge.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Enteric illness fact sheets now available
DOHCS is releasing a series of six fact sheets which may be used when discussing enteric illness and food-borne disease with patients and their families.
H e a l t h   P o l i c y
Waiting for better wait time management
Even though they get a lot of attention, and even though there has been some progress, we still do not manage medical wait times as effectively as we should in this province.
H e a l t h   P o l i c y
Huge wave of MD retirements nearing: survey
The CMA recently launched — a unique, online service that enables physicians to create and maintain their own sophisticated websites quickly, easily and inexpensively.
I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y
NLCHI ensures consistency in development of health information network
Two projects for which the Centre is currently providing consulting services are DI/PACS and Primary Health Care Renewal.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Reaching injection drug users
In early 2004, the AIDS Committee  received funding to carry out a needs assessment with injection drug users in St. John’s.
P h y s i c i a n   W e l l n e s s
Physician lifestyle issues gaining importance at negotiating table
Economic issues still rule the roost in contract negotiations, but they are starting to face a challenge from the lifestyle concerns raised by Canada’s youngest doctors.
E d u c a t i o n
Up, up and away for Canada’s medical school tuition fees
As the baby boom generation ages in the province, the number of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer disease is expected to triple.

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