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When even Dr. Optimism is losing faith, it’s time to fix the medicare system

André Picard, The Globe and Mail

We have seen a slow and steady decline in what we would all now agree is a deeply troubled health-care system. To be clear, this pillar of Canadian society is eroding … We are losing something of great value. It’s slipping away slowly, incrementally.” Those mournful words were spoken by Dr. Jeff Turnbull, the outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association.

Why do doctors seem to neglect long-term care patients?

Question and answer feature, Health and Fitness

Lisa Priest, The Globe and Mail

“At the long-term care home where most residents on my mother’s ward are in their late 80s, the doctor was due every Thursday. He did not do rounds or examine residents. Instead, he sat in the nurses’ station and leafed through the notes nurses had written. I found it disgustingly neglectful. What should I do?”

When mom needs a hand: Women usually shoulder the responsibility when elderly parents fall ill

Denise Ryan, The Ottawa Citizen

Carole Lange wasn’t too concerned until her mother ended up in Vancouver’s Lions Gate Hospital. Doctors called Lange in to tell her that her mother had been diagnosed with dementia. Suddenly, Lange’s world was turned upside down.