‘This is a crisis’: Head of medical association warns that the health-care system faces ‘collapse’

The new president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) said Wednesday he fears the country’s fragile health-care system will deteriorate further without an injection of cash — and a plan to increase the number of doctors and other health care professionals.

Dr. Alika Lafontaine, an anesthesiologist in Grande Prairie, Alta., and the group’s first Indigenous president, told CBC News that Canada’s health care is in “dire” straits, with quality care severely limited in some parts of the country.

He pointed to recent emergency room closures in Ottawa, southwestern Ontario, Quebec and other locales and eye-popping ER wait times in major cities like Toronto and Montreal as terrible precedents undermining the longstanding Canadian promise of timely access to care for all who need it.

“We’ve been saying for a while that we’re concerned about collapse. And in some places, collapse has already happened,” Lafontaine said.

A man wearing a suit and patterned tie stands, smiling, in front of a building.
Dr. Alika Lafontaine, the new president

NJ hospital to close under proposed deal. Some services would move to another medical center.

A proposed deal between two health systems would close St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, sending some of its services across town.

Capital Health has entered into a purchase agreement with Trinity Health — which owns St. Francis — to buy the medical facility, a St. Francis spokeswoman told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday.

The hospital “has been struggling financially for several years and is not viable in the long term,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.

Certain services provided by St. Francis will move to another Trenton hospital, Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

“Capital Health is entering into the transaction to acquire St. Francis with a shared goal: preservation of services to the vulnerable and underserved, and ensuring and enhancing patient access to comprehensive, integrated, high-quality care,” the statement said.

A purchase price was not disclosed. The deal is still in the approval process.

“Subject to regulatory approvals, including

Why health care needs a Black Friday sale

The best time to buy a car is at model year-end sales, and Black Friday deals can’t be beat for major appliances. Ever wonder why you don’t see a President’s Day sale on colonoscopies? Or ads for buy-one-get-one free knee replacements?

In most instances, offering patients a discount on health care services would be considered an improper patient inducement under the federal Civil Monetary Penalties Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. These laws reason that discounts encourage patients to seek unnecessary care and overuse services — as though anyone would schedule a colonoscopy for fun!

From cars to shoes, just about every industry uses discounts or financial incentives like rewards programs to attract customers. They benefit the seller and the buyer. But if a hospital does this, it could face civil fines or criminal penalties. The law specifically prohibits incentives that are likely to influence an individual’s choice of

New York City children’s drowning deaths at Coney Island ruled homicide, medical examiner says

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The New York City Medical Examiner ruled that the drowning deaths of three children on a Coney Island beach in the early hours of Monday morning were homicides.

The siblings – 7-year-old Zachary Merdy, 4-year-old Lilana Merdy and 3-month-old Oliver Bondarev – were found unresponsive by law enforcement on Monday morning around 4:30 am

Their mother, 30-year-old Erin Merdy, was still in custody on Tuesday. She was found about two miles down the boardwalk from the area that she lived.


Merdy’s mother told the New York Daily News that her daughter had been struggling recently.

“She might have been going through postpartum depression,” Jacqueline Scott, 56, told the local news outlet.

“I reached out to her yesterday and she said she was doing laundry and I said I

Earliest Medical Operation Might Have Been 31,000 Years Ago

A new study provides the earliest known evidence of amputation – the medical term for cutting off a part of a person’s body.

Around 31,000 years ago, a young adult had their left foot and part of their left leg removed in what is modern-day Indonesia, the study suggests.

Scientists say the amputation was performed when the person was a child — and that the individual went on to live for years. The ancient surgery suggests that humans were carrying out medical operations much earlier than scientists had thought. The findings are in a study, which was published in nature.

Tim Maloney of Griffith University in Australia was the study’s lead researcher.

Maloney said that researchers were exploring a cave in Borneo, a rainforest area known for ancient rock art, when they came across the person’s burial.

Although much of the skeleton remained, it was missing its left foot