Wednesday December 3, 2008
White Coat, Black Art in Sioux Lookout, Ontario
This week we're taking a few days off to visit Sioux Lookout, a town in
northwestern Ontario that's been called the "Hub of the North." The
name comes from a nearby mountain. The Municipality of Sioux Lookout,
population 5,600, includes the communities of Alcona, Sioux Lookout and
Hudson. It's located on the traditional lands of the Ojibway.
According to the municipal web site, artifacts have been discovered that
date back 5000-7000 years!
Producer Lara Hindle and I are visiting the Sioux Lookout Zone Family
Physicians, a group of dedicated health professionals who serve the
needs of the townspeople plus more that 20 remote communities -- many of
which can only be reached by plane or boat.
We're going to see up close the day to day struggle of health
professionals to provide care given limited resources and obvious
obstacles, especially geography. We'd also like to learn about the
unique ways that health care providers there meet the needs of First
Check out this space as we keep you posted on our journey. And join us
for a full edition of White Coat, Black Art from Sioux Lookout on December 22 at 1130 am
(noon NT) and replayed on December 27 at 430 pm (5 pm NT) on CBC Radio One.
Previous Comments (1)
I have two medical questions for you but am not sure you are the correct person to address them to.
1.Why are prescriptions required for diabetic drugs (like insulin)and things like blood/sugar strips. Who, other than a diabetic, is going to want to spend their money on these sorts of expensive items? So why is a prescription necessary? As an addendum, who and what determines what drugs, medical items, etc, require a presecription and which do not? I can remember when 222s first came out and you needed a presecription to get them, not now. What's changed?
2.Why doesn't Canada have Pharmacare? You can get the best medical care in the world in our hospitals but the moment you walk out the door you are on your own as far as providing yourself with the drugs deemed necessary to keep one alive, if you don't have insurance. I'm surprised no one has yet refused to leave a hospital because they cannot afford the drugs needed once outside the hospital. Why hasn't the medical profession spoken up loudly about this disconnect in the health care system?
Good show, keep it up!