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Highlights from the April 7th issue of CMAJ, presented by Dr. John Fletcher, editor-in-chief.

  • Reducing imaging for low-back pain
  • Incidental findings of genetic mutations and whether or not Canadians want to know about them
  • Fair pricing for old orphan drugs
  • Childhood obesity guidelines

And more...

Full table of contents

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Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, deputy editor of CMAJ, interviews Dr. Danielle Martin, family physician and VP of Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital in Toronto (and she made headlines last year when she eloquently defended our healthcare system in front of the US Senate during the Obamacare debate).

Dr. Martin and co-authors (Steven Morgan, Michael Law, Jamie R. Daw, Liza Abraham) say that implementing universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada would be estimated to reduce total spending by $7.2 billion while increasing government costs by only $1.0 billion. This economic modeling study shows that universal public drug coverage could be implemented without substantially increasing government spending.

Read full article.

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