Jump to content
Premed 101 Forums

medigeek

Members
  • Content count

    1,997
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  1. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    They don't have to mutually exclusive but most drug users also don't end up shooting dirty needles repeatedly So clearly there is a distinction and one person makes the choice to do so whereas the other abstains. You're taking the black and white approach. Where everyone's either good or bad. All drugs are either good or bad. And there's no case by case. Well the closer you go to a free market, the more physician services are compensated (USA) grossly. It just so happens the middleman is so big there that overhead is simply too high. This has made doctors increasingly into employees and soon all their doctors will make less than Canadian ones if we're looking at post-overhead income. But yes I know what you're saying and I more or less agree.
  2. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    Well.. there's a very big difference between the guy who has no fun in life aside from smoking weed, snorting coke here and there or using the less harmful opiates vs the guy shooting up with dirty needles from the alley. I mean the difference is pretty simple. The former you feel bad for as should any reasonable person. He's developed a disease that wasn't entirely his fault, and really... even if it was, so what? The latter however keeps presenting with a giant mrsa abscess, endocarditis and his nice HIV/hepC package. He then leaves AMA from the ICU to shoot up only to be brought back in on an OD. Do you really feel bad for him? Well physicians bill a relatively small rate for their service compared to other professionals. It just so happens they can do a high volume in a day's worth of work. Not sure how you can reasonably compare that to other professions. PhDs also decide their own fate when they pursue a path with little financial reward. Also, it's really the nature of their field. But in the end, they don't accumulate med school loans either and make money TAing through grad school and as post docs. Not to mention failure to publish =/= loss of human life, unlike medical errors.
  3. You look for what's really bothering them and also ask them to rank what's worse/better and also use the pain scale. Then use your physical exam to gauge through it. Dont' forget the psych hx.
  4. Yes in the US system you work hard in 3rd year but 4th year after a couple of aways you essentially dial it in.
  5. Research has little value in terms of day to day clinical acumen. And looking smart on electives can be done via regurgitating stuff you read on your phone 2 minutes earlier. It's also prone to extreme bias.... I've seen that study. In Canada, you tend to work relatively hard in 4th year. In USA, you tend to do nothing in 4th year. The latter won't be as sharp in the immediate aftermath, which is when that study was done. Also, we have to appreciate the fact that a curriculum is one thing but preparing for board intensely is another. The knowledge yield from the latter will be higher. If you have to study to get a pass on tests during the year, you simply aren't accumulating the knowledge level of someone who also has to study brutally hard (on top of school tests) for 2 months both in 2nd and 3rd year.
  6. IMGs in Ontario for family med use a relatively objective method by using 2 board exam scores primarily in determining who moves on. It's a somewhat fair system to be honest. Now as for IMGs in specialties or outside of Ontario... whole different story. Though I wouldn't fox nepotism with an outright ban OP brings up a valid point about requiring objective metrics. However, the US (even with its objective metrics) has about a 4% rate of people who don't match. Comparing that to Carms, I think what we see in Canada is quite reasonable to be honest... in terms of the rate of those who match.
  7. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    Generally speaking, Liberal social policy is good. But yeah they have zero respect for doctors and many of them are either not pro-business or worse.. they're anti business (which the entire NDP party is).
  8. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    Income tax is higher. Income splitting has gotten harder among other corp benefits Drs have had - and this has been by far the most damaging. The FHT/FHO thing was done by the Wynne liberals so hopefully it's something the Ford gov rolls back (assuming the OMA makes a solid proposal for it). Left leaning governments simply don't want doctors to make more money and view it as immoral. The more left you go, the more they hate success.
  9. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    There are federal healthcare transfers. Trudeau cut down the rate of increase that Harper established. Then of course there's the tax nonsense which is a whole other story.
  10. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    You realize the PCs are doing an amazing job so far right? You have to be mega biased to even suggest they've been average. In fact, I would have given Ford a disapproval rating despite voting PC and give him a strong approval right now. Ohip+? Freezing public sector admin wages? Hiring freeze? Calling Drs to come negotiate asap to repair the harms done from Wynne? And there's still more.. they're doing a fantastic job. Also Ford is one guy, the PC cabinet is another. Literally any single cabinet minister right now has more talent than the whole NDP party did combined. And you have to let go of the Mike Harris thing dude... it was so long ago. Other PC govs have been way more fair to doctors across Canada. Harper was more fair to Drs than Trudeau has been. And that's why a majority of doctors voted for PC.
  11. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    Easier to go to Europe than North America or Australia
  12. medigeek

    Physician political orientation

    There are truck loads of them in literally every single field. I'm not saying literally "do nothing" but that they certainly do not earn their 6 figures. As for social programs, I won't be naming any at the risk of offending someone. But it's a matter funding to purpose ratio. Sweden gets immigrants because of its proximity.
  13. medigeek

    Doug Ford & OPC clinches majority government...

    Where did you hear that? Literally 0 evidence for that. But it would be great if we got some private options added. 1). Yes they should. And I fully agree. 2) You pay back those who voted for you. Also, look at right leaning governments provincially across Canada or even Harper/Trudeau. The leftie stance on physician funding is that it's "wrong" for doctors (or anyone lol) to make more money (unless it's the public sector/unions). Right leaning govs however have continuously upped physician funding. Only liberal to do that was Mcguinty and he was right leaning on many economic issues. 3) It depends who they listen to specifically. If it's just the smart doctors and also RNs, there'll have a negative stance towards midlevels.
  14. medigeek

    Family Medicine Salary

    You're not just billing 33$ for each patient. In many cases you bill higher than that. There's also other billings you do/non ohip billings etc. I believe the average is 310ish for billings which includes part timer. Hopefully the FHOs are a part of the negotiations with the new more reasonable government.
  15. Realistically speaking it won't matter at all if you're an MD or DO or MBBS or whatever. Once you deviate from Canada/US MD you're an IMG. That's all that really counts. Whether DOs are seen as equal or not to Ireland or Australia or whatever is anyone's guess. From what I've heard, your school isn't usually even seen until interview time. With that said, the viability of a US residency is disappearing quickly with statement of need caps, residencies getting less friendlier to foreigners, and more US grads pushing out foreigners due to new DO and Md schools that opened. Ultimately when a Canadian goes to Ireland or whatever, the realistic end goal is a US residency... not a Canadian one. Once that disappears, going IMG is a dead end.
×