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Dr. David Zitner

About David Zitner

David Zitner, a family doctor, is Director of Medical Informatics at Dalhousie Medical School. He has been a member of the Physician Advisory Committee to the Canadian Institute for Health Information and was on the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers of Health working group which produced “When Less is Better: Using Canada’s Hospitals Efficiently”. Dr. Zitner was diverted from an active family medicine practice when he chaired a medical audit and utilization committee at a large tertiary care teaching hospital and learned that Canadian communities are lacking the information which is essential to manage and understand our large and complex health system. Dr. Zitner found a continuing absence of regular, pertinent and reliable information about access to care (waiting times) and information about the results of care. Consequently, his research interests relate to the collection and use of timely information including outcome measures, to support clinical care, teaching, research and health services administration. Dr. Zitner is currently chair of the Utilization Committee at the QEII Health Sciences Centre and board member of the Canadian Council for Health Services Accreditation.

Where is Nova Scotia Department of Health?

By | April 20th, 2017|Commentary|

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) Modern health systems enable convenient health care by bringing medical skills and advice to patients. “Last year half of consultations offered by Kaiser Permanente, an American health care organization, were not face-to-face. Medical professionals communicated with patients by phone, e-mail or videoconference.” (Economist, April 8, 2017). The April 3, 2017 issue [...]

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Losing healthcare privilege

By | March 17th, 2017|Commentary|

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, March 19, 2017 LocalXpress, March 22, 2017 Battlefords News-Optimist, March 24, 2017 Canadian seniors are a privileged group. The Conference Board of Canada reports that life expectancy today is 10 years longer than it was in 1961. The average Canadian can expect to live three years longer than [...]

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Embracing seniority with new vision

By | January 31st, 2017|Commentary|

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) • Chronicle Herald, 31 January 2017 My welcome to medical care for seniors helps me understand what some people mean when they say “I’m not getting older. I’m getting better.” Science and medical innovations lead to improved function and comfort despite the influence of age on our vision, teeth, [...]

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Making a move to three-tier health care

By | December 1st, 2016|Commentary|

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) • The Chronicle Herald, 01 December 2016 Most Canadians applaud the principles of the Canada Health Act that suggest all Canadians should have access to the comprehensive health care they need An editorial in the Nov. 1 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal recognizes, as did the Quebec [...]

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When primary care is not available

By | July 1st, 2016|Commentary|

AIMS Research Fellow David Zitner discusses the signs of frailty. As care rationing becomes a more prominent reality in the health system, patients will have to take on more knowledge and control over their own health care. He gives warning signs about frailty to help readers monitor their own function.   As government rationing of [...]

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The patient’s wager

By | April 12th, 2016|Commentary|

In the Chronicle Herald, AIMS Senior Fellow for Healthcare David Zitner explains how patients are often stymied from adequately participating in their own healthcare. Many people are medically illiterate; others cannot navigate between informed medical opinion and amateur advice available online. His article promotes the upcoming AIMS Health Literacy Forum. Medical treatments are usually helpful. [...]

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Healthcare experiment gets bad reviews

By | January 15th, 2016|Commentary|

The Nova Scotia Department of Health is intent on enrolling uninformed Nova Scotians in an ill-conceived health-care experiment — one that will reduce patient and physician choice and reduce access to family physicians. No one seems to have reported on the scientific merits of the experiment, bothered to ask people if they want to enroll, [...]

Nova Scotians should have health choices

By | January 13th, 2016|Commentary|

AIMS health policy fellow, Dr. David Zitner, argues healthcare in Nova Scotia is problematic, leading to excessive costs for medical and non-medical health services.

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Medicare: Health Insurance or Political Asset?

By | September 14th, 2015|Commentary|

People who can afford it should be encouraged to pay some of the cost of their own inexpensive care.

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Not Everyone Needs a Psychiatrist. There are Other Choices

By | August 7th, 2014|Commentary|

AIMS Senior Fellow in Healthcare Policy David Zitner argues, "one solution to the cost, quality, and access crisis in Canadian mental health is to enable non-medical professionals to provide the talking and behavior therapies that help most people."

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