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Doctors back at the table with province as arbitration resumes

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Arbitration hearings between the province and doctors have resumed following an aborted attempt by the government to pull the plug on the process.

Negotiating teams for the health ministry and Ontario Medical Association met at a downtown hotel Tuesday, picking up where they left off before last week’s sudden and controversial move by Premier Doug Ford’s office to bring binding arbitration — underway since May — to a halt.

Doctors have been without a contract in Ontario since March 2014. Arbitration hearings with the province continue on Wednesday.
Doctors have been without a contract in Ontario since March 2014. Arbitration hearings with the province continue on Wednesday.  (Dreamstime)

Doctors have been without a contract since March 2014. The ensuing period has been tumultuous, marked by ugly infighting among doctors, a defeated ratification vote, a turnover of the OMA executive, a failed bid by the new Ford government to reach a negotiated settlement and then, last week, the province’s sudden withdrawal from arbitration and subsequent flip-flop.

The hearings are important because of the large amount of taxpayer dollars spent on physicians and because significant decisions are made about the provision of health services to patients.

The OMA, which represents Ontario’s 31,000 practising physicians, had the floor much of the day Tuesday. Its lawyers — Howard Goldblatt and Steven Barrett — countered earlier arguments put forth by the province.

Goldblatt said Ontario’s physician services budget should grow by 3.6 per cent for each of the next two years, an amount in line with previous increases.

Ontario currently spends more than $12 billion annually on doctors, or 10 per cent of the entire provincial budget.

The province maintains than an annual hike of 1.9 per cent should be enough to cover the added demands on the health system from a growing and aging population.

But Golblatt said that does not take into account extra monies needed to cover the cost of caring for more patients with chronic and complex health needs. As well, extra funding is required to pay for a growing physician workforce and new technology.

The province maintains $200 million could be saved annually by cracking down on the provision of unnecessary and inappropriate services, for example, diagnostic tests that patients do not require.

Under phase two of arbitration between the OMA and the province, set to commence next year, the issue of “relativity” is going to be addressed. Relativity refers to large pay gaps between medical specialties.

The highest paid include what are known as the “Big Three”: radiologists, cardiologists and ophthalmologists. According to government data, their compensation soared between 1991/92 and 2015/16:

  • Diagnostic radiology went up by 163 per cent to $561,053.
  • Ophthalmology jumped by 128 per cent to $649,433.
  • Cardiology increased by 95 per cent to $549,572.

During this time, inflation rose by 66 per cent.

When relativity is addressed, these three medical specialties stand to lose compensation to their lower-paid peers, including geriatricians, pediatricians, infectious disease specialists and psychiatrists.

In what appears to be an effort to head off that eventuality, physicians from the Big Three have been trying to break away from the OMA so they can negotiate their own contract with government.

Spearheading this effort is radiologist Dr. David Jacobs. In addition to being vice-president of the Ontario Association of Radiologists, he is a supporter of Ford’s.

Though this group represents only 5 per cent of doctors, the government cited the break-away efforts as the reason to withdraw from arbitration. The government said it had doubts about the OMA’s ability to represent the entire profession.

Numerous sources have told the Star it was Ford’s office that made the call to withdraw from arbitration, over the objections of Health Minister Christine Elliott and some backbenchers.

The government reversed the withdrawal decision after labour law experts charged it was illegal and physicians responded in anger.

The arbitration hearing continues on Wednesday.

Theresa Boyle is a Toronto-based reporter covering health. Follow her on Twitter: @theresaboyle



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

The paper reported:

The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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