Being passed through the giant metal doughnut of a computerized tomography scanner, patients in a modern hospital might easily conclude that the wonderful advances in medical science surrounding them are responsible for Canadians living longer than ever.By WARREN CARAGATA5 min
More and more, we live in a digital world. The CDs we listen to store music as digital bits and bytes. When we use a debit card to pay for the week's groceries, funds are transferred digitally from our bank accounts to the store's. When we send an e-mail message to someone on the other side of the planet, digital bits carry our missive along sophisticated computer networks.
Dr. John Rottger had already worked a full week when, at 8 a.m. on a spring Saturday, he was back on call for 48 hours. He knew he would be in and out of the small hospital in Pincher Creek in southern Alberta virtually around the clock. By midnight Saturday, the 46-year-old father of three and stepfather of two was home and in bed—only to awaken to take three phone calls, go back to the hospital at 4 a.m. to check on a sick child and then again at 9 a.m. to do rounds.By MARY NEMETH8 min
We sell off most of our profitable companies, we allow our politicians to lie to us, and we take being Canadian for granted, treating the Maple Leaf as a flag of convenience—or more often, inconvenience. But there is one aspect of being Canadian that makes every citizen jump to attention: medicare.By Peter C. Newman4 min
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