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Friday, 16 November, 2007

Giller Prize winner Dr Vincent Lam in conversation

A student newspaper from the University of Toronto, The Strand, .

won the 2006 Giller Prize for his debut short story collection Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures.

Interviewer Moe Abbas's introduction isn't terribly promising ("To be honest with you, I didn't want to do this interview," it begins.) so skip ahead to read Dr Lam's thoughts on universal healthcare and the role of physicians in its defence:

I would rather go to a doctor whose ordering the tests just because they think it's the right test, and I would rather not be going to a doctor and have to think "gee, I know they're ordering it for me, but could they have more reasons to ordering this test? Is there some profit motive to this?"

As a patient I'd rather not think about that and just go to a doctor who's thinking only of my interests. And if that means that I live in a system where sometimes a CT scan is not available quite as quickly but nonetheless is available when it's needed then that to me, as a patient, that is a very worthy trade-off.
NRM in April 2006.


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