Health Care in Manitoba
A Discussion in Progress

When you hear "code blue" announced overhead in a  hospital someone is experiencing a life and death event, usually related to their heart. With aging populations,  escalating health care fiscal restraint, and a system which inhibits long term planning and investment we are facing a "health care" code blue.

Dr. Demeter is the web site administrator and is a Public Health researcher (Associate Professor - U of M - Faculty of Health Sciences) with particular interests in health policy and health economics. By investigating and reporting on stories he hopes to create a dialogue on health care in MB and to increase awareness of issues which positively, or negatively, impact Manitobans.


The intention is to have a blog reflecting the opinions of various authors. Feedback is welcomed. 



The views and opinions I express on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any organization, agency, or other entity that I have been,  am now, or will be affiliated with.


The views and opinions of others in this blog  are those of the authors and they do not necessarily represent those of any other person, including myself, or agency including the health care system, government, universities, or any components thereof.

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Dr. Sandor Demeter

Associate Professor

University of MB

Faculty of Health Sciences

College of Medicine

Community Health Sciences

September 30, 2019

I recently read a book by a Winnipeg Dr. recounting his experiences with working with the homeless at Siloam Mission (Wisdom from the Homeless - Dr.Neil Craton).  []

As a physician I found the book very moving and humbling. It should be read by al...

September 11, 2019

There appears to be a plan in place to manage variable wait times for UBT. In the short term blitzes at various hospitals will be done to reduce the overall systems wait list to ~ 4 weeks (staring in mid-September). This is in combination with longer term sustainable p...

September 5, 2019

In an abundance of caution during the election period I am repeating my disclaimer which can be found on the home page:

The views and opinions I express on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any organization, agency, or other entity th...

August 14, 2019

I came across this video on LinkedIn and I had to share it!

August 8, 2019

The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health Care (CADTH), via the Pan Canadian Oncology Drug Review process, has recently recommended Lu 177 Dotatate for the treatment of a subset of rare neuroendocrine tumors where the tumors are not resectable. The drug,...

July 4, 2019

July 6, 2019

I followed up with the Mb Medical Director for Dynacare and MB Health.

MB Health replied promptly and said that they would pass my information up the chain.

Dynacare bills MB Health for a negotiated set of services which does not include UBT. As such, Dynacar...

June 23, 2019

I have had the privilege to teach medical and graduate students about critical appraisal of the medical literature, health technology assessment, health economics and health policy, amongst other topics.

The standard approach is to understand the patient's “chief compla...

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in Canada (Statistics Canada 2011) and, as the saying goes, "time is brain"! 

MB is the last province to have an acute stroke unit and this is about to change noting that construction of the unit will not begin until Dec...

June 11, 2019

An example of failed execution in Manitoba’s health care system. What part of this is “patients first”?

People with chronic stomach aches may be suffering from a treatable infection called Helicobacter pylori gastritis which is often shortened to H pylori gastritis. Lef...

July 19, 2018

I am engaging Manitobans in a dialogue about health care. I am most interested in how health policy decisions impact your quality of life, for better or worse.

In the end I want to ensure that leaders are held accountable for the health care services they do or, as the...

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