Mythbusters

Using evidence to debunk common myths

Mythbusters is a series of two-page articles that summarize the best available evidence to challenge widely held beliefs about issues in Canadian healthcare.


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Myth: International Medical Graduates Are the Solution to the Doctor Shortage in Underserviced Areas
Most rural and remote communities face a shortage of health workers, especially doctors. To address the shortfall of doctors, some provinces, territories, and local health authorities recruit international medical graduates, physicians who were educated abroad. Unfortunately, international medical often leave the remote communities upon receiving their full licenses resulting in high levels of physician turnover.

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13 / May / 2013
Myth: International Medical Graduates Are the Solution to the Doctor Shortage in Underserviced Areas
Most rural and remote communities face a shortage of health workers, especially doctors. To address the shortfall of doctors, some provinces, territories, and local health authorities recruit international medical graduates, physicians who were educated abroad. Unfortunately, international medical often leave the remote communities upon receiving their full licenses resulting in high levels of physician turnover.
13 / Mar / 2013
Myth: When it comes to drugs and devices, newer is always better
When it comes to healthcare, we tend to believe that newer drugs and devices mean higher performance, safety, and efficiency. With many new drugs and devices being approved yearly, it’s worth scrutinizing the claim that newer is always better (and worth the extra cost). Research shows that sometimes existing drugs and devices for managing health conditions can be as good or better, safer, and cheaper than new technologies.
03 / Dec / 2012
Myth: People Living with Mental Illness Never Really Recover
Mental illness is often framed as a disease just like any other, creating confusion about what it means to recover from these types of diseases. A growing body of research is showing that, without necessarily being cured of all of their symptoms, people living with mental illness can recover a meaningful and satisfying life.
12 / Nov / 2012
Myth: User Fees Ensure Better Use of Health Services
The evidence on user fees is clear: it is time to put this policy zombie to rest. Generating revenue by essentially imposing a tax on illness is not good policy. If the goal is to ensure better use of health services, finding and eliminating inefficiencies across the continuum of care holds much more promise.

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