SEVEN BILLION. This is the amount of Canadian dollars that could be saved on prescription drug expenditures every year.
The statistics speak for themselves. The evidence, published in countless editorials and reports across the country, is difficult to deny.
On average, our country spends 30% more than our OECD peers on prescription drug coverage. Of these nations, Canada has the fastest rising drug costs. These costs are often shouldered by our patients due to the low proportion of public funding for pharmaceutical products. Our current system is fragmented and inefficient, leading to profound inequities with regards to who gets to fill their medication prescriptions and thus, who gets to access our health care system. ...continue reading →
All the problems started with Descartes, who conceptualised the mind-body separation, described as the Cartesian model, began Rona Moss-Morris in her plenary talk.
She continued by explaining that, while we ought to focus more squarely on the bio-psycho-social, Medicine has not yet fully embraced this model. In general practice, however, we cannot explain everything using the biological model alone. There is often a mismatch between clinical signs, objective tests and the health of the patient.
Clinicians have always recognised the concept of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), particularly in primary care ...continue reading →