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Sep 052012

Routine Testing for Metal Ion Levels in Blood Not Recommended Currently for All Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing Patients

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The Advisory Committee overseeing the Alberta HIP study does not currently recommend routine testing for metal ion levels in patients who have had a metal-on-metal hip resurfacing. The committee advises metal-on-metal hip resurfacing patients to contact their orthopaedic surgeon if they are experiencing problems in their resurfaced hip. Alberta HIP is a long-term study, begun in 2004, comparing the safety and effectiveness of metal-on-metal ...

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May 022012

Alberta a leader in ‘curing’ wait times

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From The Chronicle Herald: Sometimes public health care is like the human body. When you have an ailment in one area, you need to look somewhere else in the anatomy for the cause or the contributor. Long wait times for hip and knee replacements are an example. Cause: not enough surgeries to keep up with demand from an aging population. Well, that’s part of the problem. Share:

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Feb 122012

Are Canada’s Premiers Serious about Innovation in Public Health Care?

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From The Hill Times: The task of reforming public health care has been left in the hands of Canada’s premiers after the federal government dropped a 10-year non-negotiable funding plan in their laps and beat a quick retreat into the tall grasses. Ottawa’s over-to-you strategy comes complete with no strings attached to how they spend the $40-billion a year they receive in federal health transfers. The premiers are free to innovate, and ...

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Jul 222011

Saving Health Care without Going Broke

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From The Evidence Network: Let’s move beyond private vs. public debate (A version of this commentary appeared in The Huffington Post, Troy Media and The Mark.) With the election behind us, Canadians can look back and appreciate that we spent upwards of $300 million on an examination of personality, while policy largely escaped unscathed by serious scrutiny.  Health care, which pollsters insisted was the issue of greatest concern to ...

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