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Canadian Doctors Being Paid
To Diagnose Swine Flu By Phone

As Canadian health officials entrench the medical community with more flu propaganda, Physicians across the country are being asked to extend their office hours, defer annual checkups and increase capacity for a second wave of flu patients. The B.C. Medical Association has even agreed to be paid for diagnosing swine flu over the phone.

Provinces such as B.C., Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba have launched initiatives to discourage or delay face-to-face diagnosis of the H1N1 swine flu while still increasing capacity.

"The expectation is that primary care providers will modify their practice to increase capacity to see flu patients," states a letter from Dr. Barbara Yaffe, associate medical officer of health for Toronto.

Doctors are being urged to see patients with influenza-like illnesses at the end of the day. They are also being asked to postpone non-urgent visits and screen patients for influenza over the phone or as they enter the office. This is assumed to help "infection-control measures intended to protect other patients" they say.

People suffering from flu symptoms are being urged to stay home and call Telehealth. recently reported that flu kits being marketed by Ontario's pharmacies also encouraged the public to contact Telehealth to have their condition diagnosed over the telephone by call handlers with little or no medical training. Call centre misdiagnoses promoting antivirals have recently caused several fatalities in the UK.

In B.C., Doctors will receive a $14.74 payment for telephone advice regarding the flu and a $31.15 fee for office visits.

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall says both new codes offer increased access to care and the option of telephone advice is a sensible alternative to having swine flu patients visit a doctor's office.

Family physicians and specialists have been able to claim for H1N1 telephone advice since Oct. 1, but the office visit fee code won't be enacted until Kendall advises that swine flu cases have outstripped seasonal flu cases.

Public health officials in B.C. were recently exposed engaging in cover-up operation to conceal flu origins. The provincial public health lab in Vancouver instructed doctors to stop sending swabs indicating that all flu symptoms were automatically being categorized as the H1N1 virus.

Meanwhile, skeptical Canadians who doubt the effectiveness of the H1N1 vaccine will look intently at the United States who began to vaccinate its citizens against swine flu on Monday, a full month ahead
of scheduled Canadian vaccination campaigns.

The U.S. is one of the first countries to roll out its portion of what may be an unprecedented effort to immunize upwards of a billion people around the world over the next few months.

Mother of two, Jody White says "I'm very hestiant to give this swine flu vaccine to my kids in light of all the controversy." White stated she won't blindly follow her doctor's advice, but will instead interact more with her community and monitor reports on any side effects of the H1N1 vaccine experienced by Americans to help her decide.

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October 7, 2009


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