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Family doctors alone will not meet the health needs of Nova Scotians

Premier Stephen McNeil's assurance that every Nova Scotian would have a family doctor was likely an "empty promise," says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
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How to get the health care you want if you don't have a family doctor

Worried about how to get a referral to a specialist? Walk-in clinics can help those without a family doctor, says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
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Kicking nicotine can increase your odds of surviving cancer

Nicotine is incredibly addictive, and even if you know it’s killing you, quitting isn’t easy. But if you’re undergoing any sort of treatment for cancer, Halifax health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says getting off nicotine can only help your chances of survival.
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Getting the best bang for your buck when it comes to prescription drugs

Halifax health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton shares her tips about how to afford expensive prescription drugs.
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Paging Dr. Fluffy — here's how a pet can help keep you healthy

Pet ownership comes with a range of benefits at all stages of life, from decreased frequency of allergies to higher levels of physical activity and improved mental health.
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Why Nova Scotia should look to the U.K. for its sick-note policies

A Halifax health-care consultant says there needs to be a culture shift around the use of sick notes in Nova Scotia, and a good model can already be found in the United Kingdom.
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How a trip to the doctor's office can make you sicker

Waiting rooms and doctors’ offices can be a hotbed for all sorts of nasty bacteria. But a Halifax health-care consultant says you can avoid getting sick if you’re careful.
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Can't recall what your doctor told you? There's an app for that

Information overload makes it tough to remember important details of a doctor's visit. An app developed in Alberta can help you keep track of everything we hear from medical professionals.
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Making sure your medical wishes are followed if you become incapacitated

Advance directives can provide a way for patients to ensure their wishes are followed when they can’t speak for themselves, according to health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
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What a health-care consultant learned as a caregiver for her mother

During her mother’s terminal illness, health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton was a caregiver. The experience taught her a lot about the “invisible” role of caregivers.
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Ending the stigma around medically assisted death

Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says assisted dying laws aren't perfect, but they helped her mother die on her own terms.
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How to make palliative care easier at home

Given the choice, most people would rather die at home than in a hospital bed. But the prospect of providing palliative care for a loved one can be daunting. Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton explains how a program provided by Nova Scotia paramedics can help.
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Guarding against vaccine hesitancy in an age of misinformation

Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says social media and fake news is to blame for misinformation about vaccines.
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How to make the most of 811

The 811 Nova Scotia health-care line can play an important role in providing vital medical help and advice, saving both time and worry.
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Here are ways your pharmacist can help manage your health care

Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says pharmacists are 'unsung heroes of the health system' who can fill in the gaps in health care for people with or without a family doctor.
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Here are some things you can do to reduce health-care provider burnout

Recent stories on health-care provider burnout have highlighted how nurses and physicians are struggling with difficult workplace conditions. But that burnout is a concern for patients too, and there are things they can do about it.
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What you need to know about Nova Scotia's unregulated health professions

The case of a Nova Scotia massage therapist who faces nine counts of sexual assault is highlighting the little-known disparity between health professions that have regulatory oversight, and those that don't. 
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Why patient no-shows have a 'huge ripple effect' on the health-care system

Missing a doctors appointment might seem like a small thing, but health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says it accounts for hours of wasted time, not only for doctors but for other patients, too.
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Why the cost of an ambulance shouldn't stop you from calling 911

Nova Scotia's Emergency Health Services system has changed dramatically in the last three decades. It's a transformation that Mary Jane Hampton believes should provide a measure of comfort to Nova Scotians.
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Misinformation is making people sick. Here's how to spot fake science

The spread of misinformation about infectious diseases, including measles, is an "epidemic" with no cure, says a Nova Scotia health-care consultant.
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Why it's important to talk to 'the unsung hero' of the OR before surgery

Having a pre-op conversation with the anesthetist can improve a patient's experience during and after surgery.
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When it comes to home care, that first conversation 'is absolutely key'

Even though it can be awkward to ask for help, people seeking home-support services should be explicit about their needs, says consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
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How to complain about health care and actually be heard

Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton offers tips for knowing who to call — and what to say — when you're not happy with the care you've received.
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How comparing wait-list numbers can help get you in the OR faster

Being referred for a surgical procedure can be a dispiriting experience. Health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton says patients can regain some control over the process by doing their research about wait times.
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Turn up early, come prepared: Tips for surviving an ER visit

Understanding how emergency departments work, and arriving prepared, is key to having the least stressful experience possible, says health-care consultant Mary Jane Hampton.
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If you've been referred to a specialist, here's what you need to know

A health-care consultant explains how to advocate for yourself when you get referred to a specialist.
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When it comes to test results, no news doesn't always mean good news

Even in a world of electronic records, patients test results can go missing, says Mary-Jane Hampton. That's why the health-care consultant advises people to always follow up on their own.
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How to be an empowered patient. Hint: It's OK to say no

Mary Jane Hampton, who has spent years working to reform health care in Nova Scotia, is sharing simple tips and tricks for finding your way through the complicated health-care system.