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We can’t afford a health­care sys­tem that deliv­ers so much avoid­able harm.”

See our new video with The Center’s founder, Kath­leen Fin­lay, on the epi­dem­ic of hos­pi­tal harm and what you can do to help end it.

We can’t afford a health­care sys­tem that deliv­ers so much avoid­able harm.” See our new video with The Center’s founder, Kath­leen Fin­lay, on the epi­dem­ic of hos­pi­tal harm and what you can do to help end it.

Too often, health­care organ­i­sa­tions, through their inept and unfeel­ing respons­es, ampli­fy these lat­er waves of harm rather than mit­i­gat­ing their dam­ag­ing effects.”  Sir Liam Don­ald­son, M.D., world-renowned patient safe­ty advo­cate. Patients and fam­i­lies share their sto­ries about med­ical errors and their emo­tion­al impact We hear heart-wrenching sto­ries every day from patients and fam­i­lies who have expe­ri­enced […]

(Pub­lished in The Huff­in­g­ton Post) Research shows age a deci­sive fac­tor in care deci­sions A new Cana­di­an study shows that age is a crit­i­cal fac­tor in the kind of treat­ment patients receive. Accord­ing to the research, which involved patients with trau­mat­ic spinal cord injuries, “patients over 70 years of age expe­ri­enced con­sid­er­able delays between admis­sion and […]

(Pub­lished in The Huff­in­g­ton Post) Vis­it any major city in North Amer­i­ca and you will quick­ly dis­cov­er the link between cash and name recog­ni­tion in health­care. Some rich per­son gives a few mil­lion to an urban hos­pi­tal and their name goes up on a wing. Recent­ly, a gen­er­ous $3 mil­lion dona­tion by one time invest­ment […]

(Pub­lished in The Huff­in­g­ton Post) The 50th anniver­sary this year of the Medicare and Med­ic­aid sys­tems in the Unit­ed States has pre­dictably prompt­ed a good deal of reflec­tion and even some cel­e­bra­tion. They were mile­stones of health­care advance­ment in that coun­try to be sure. But much less reflec­tion seems to hap­pen with the Cana­di­an sys­tem, […]

(Pub­lished in The Huff­in­g­ton Post) Cana­di­ans and Amer­i­cans buy and dri­ve sim­i­lar cars and trucks. They also suf­fer heart attacks and strokes. Some­times, they need surgery. But while Cana­di­ans, like their Amer­i­can cousins, can read reviews on the safe­ty, reli­a­bil­i­ty and qual­i­ty of a Ford or Jeep before they invest their hard-earned dol­lars, the same […]

(Pub­lished in The Huff­in­g­ton Post) A gov­ern­ment agency in Ontario has called for nurs­ing homes in that province to re-evaluate their use of antipsy­chot­ic med­ica­tions like que­ti­ap­ine (mar­ket­ed under the brand name Sero­quel). Health Qual­i­ty Ontario says more than 60 per­cent of res­i­dents in some nurs­ing homes are receiv­ing Sero­quel and oth­er drugs like it. […]

A safe patient is an informed patient.  In today’s world, that means hav­ing the infor­ma­tion we need to make informed health­care choic­es.   Nowhere is this more impor­tant than in the hos­pi­tal set­ting. In the Unit­ed States, the move to make hos­pi­tals safer has spun a vir­tu­al cot­tage indus­try of rat­ing sys­tems that score hos­pi­tals on […]