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Mythbusters is a series of articles that summarize the best available evidence to challenge widely held beliefs about issues in Canadian healthcare. They were developed from 1998 to 2013. Note, that information was current as of the published date.

 

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01 / Jun / 2003
Myth: The cost of dying is an increasing strain on the healthcare system
Care in the last year of life is not so much “spending on the dying” as it is just providing regular medical care for people who have serious health problems.
01 / Sep / 2002
Myth: Bigger is always better when it comes to hospital mergers
While the intuitive appeal of “bigger is better” in hospital mergers is powerful, it’s clear the empirical evidence is weak and the potential for negative outcomes significant.

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Quebec COPD initiative casts as wide net in area with many aging, low income smokers

19 percent of admissions to the local hospital in 2013-14 were for patients with a diagnosed respiratory disease, compared to an estimated national rate of 13 percent.

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