Thursday, February 24, 2011

High demand, no jobs

The irony of the Canadian health care system is that patients can wait years for a consultation with a foot surgeon, and yet there be a job shortage for orthopedic foot surgeons. The reason? Hospitals have a disincentive to hire more surgeons because each operation increases the hospital's operating expenditure. This is in contrast to, say, joint arthroplasties, which governments have made a priority by providing bonuses to hospitals for performing. Is this fair?

The job shortage extends to nephrologists and community medicine physicians. For more, see tomorrow's Globe article.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A not-so-simple love story

Just ahead of Valentine's Day, The Globe and Mail publishes a moving story that is just different from the typical February 14th fare.