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Province rolls out new funding model for family physicians

Starting today, doctors in B.C. can be paid differently, giving more flexibility on how they run their practice. Instead of just being paid for the number of patients seen in a day, doctors can tailor pay to meet their patient’s needs. Under the new model, a doctor’s pay can be determined...

Helly Hansen sweaters recalled over ‘flammability concerns’

A recall for nearly 130,000 Helly Hansen sweaters has been issued because of flammability concerns. The recall notice, issued by Health Canada on Wednesday, warns a variety of Helly Hansen winter wear has been recalled because the products either do not or may not comply with the textile flammability regulations. The...

Physician assistant encouraging provincial government approval

With emergency rooms in Port Hardy continuing to be closed overnight, a physician assistant is calling for a change from the province. Lisa Stewart is the B.C. director of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants in addition to being a physician assistant herself. Stewart says the definition of a physician...

BC reports second-worst year for drug deaths since start of overdose crisis

Toxic drugs continue to take lives across the province, as 2,272 deaths were reported in 2022. It was a decrease provincially, with 34 fewer deaths than the previous year, but some areas saw an increase. Record high rates were recorded in Northern Health, Interior Health, and Island Health. “British Columbians across the...

Island Health Code Hack set for March this year

As a way to help generate fresh ideas to improve health care, Island Health will be hosting a hackathon in the next couple of months. Called Code Hack, it’s an event where patients, Island Health staff, physician partners, industry experts, coders, builders, designers, and students come together and brainstorm concepts...

North Island Doctor says Call for Help Remains Unanswered

The Port Hardy doctor calling on Health Minister Adrian Dix to approve the use of a Physician Assistant says last week's announcement concerning healthcare for Northern Vancouver Island does not provide the immediate solution needed by communities in the region. Dr. Alex Nataros says establishing 24/7 hours of operation at...
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