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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 / Jul / 2008
Myth: In healthcare, more is always better
Although Canadians may feel better when they live in close proximity and have quick access to healthcare resources, the research suggests they may be experiencing a false sense of security.
01 / Mar / 2008
Myth: Canadian doctors are leaving for the United States in droves
There’s no doubt that Canada is losing some of its physicians, particularly to the U.S. However, when it comes to the brain drain, it’s more a trickle than a flood.
01 / Dec / 2007
Myth: Canada's system of healthcare financing is unsustainable
For the average Canadian, the debate over financial sustainability is not so much a question of whether the system is affordable, as it is “Will Medicare be there for me when I need it?” The answer hinges on a simple fact: “Medicare is as sustainable as Canadians want it to be.”
01 / Sep / 2007
Myth: Direct-to-consumer advertising is educational for patients
Direct-to-consumer advertising has proven effective in selling medicines and boosting profits, but not educating the public.

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