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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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, [...]
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.
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."