host picture

House Doctor: March 2012 Archives

IWK Cuts Wait List, At What Cost?

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Long wait lists for treatment are a common problem in health care. Earlier this month, the IWK in Halifax announced a dramatic reduction in its wait list for mental health treatment. However, it came at a cost. Brian Goldman has the story.

Download Flash Player to view this content.

right click to save

Bottom Line vs. Patient Care

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

One of the guiding principles of medicine is that doctors always act in their patients' best interests. But some medical ethicists are concerned that spiralling health care costs could have doctors paying more attention to the bottom line than to what's best for their patients. Brian Goldman takes a look at the issue.

Download Flash Player to view this content.

right click to save

Reducing ER Gridlock

Posted by Vanessa Vander Valk

Hospital emergency rooms across Canada are busier than ever...but studies show that up to twenty percent of ER patients aren't true emergencies. The City of Boston is trying a controversial plan to reduce the demand. House Doctor Brian Goldman has the details.

Download Flash Player to view this content.

right click to save