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The practice of physical activities

The saying: a healthy mind, healthy body, is known to all. However, it can be difficult to find the motivation to play sports during the Canadian winter. Nonetheless, it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity. The World Health Organization defines physical activity as “any movement produced by skeletal muscles that increases energy expenditure.” In a report published in 2018, the WHO explained that “sedentariness (lack of physical activity) is considered the fourth most common risk factor for death in the world (6%). It is also estimated to be the cause of 21-25% of breast or colon cancers, 27% of diabetes cases and about 30% of ischemic heart disease.”

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The CRDS and Tap

The CRDS, or the Centre de Repartition des Demandes de Service, is a government mandated organization. It was created as a tool for doctors who practice frontline care to refer their patients for an initial consultation with a specialist. Once your family doctor decides that you need to be seen by a specialist, the referring physician will need to put in a request with the CRDS. After receiving the request, the CRDS will then input the relevant information into an excel spreadsheet and decide your Priority Code. This code determines how soon you will be seen by the specialist. Once you are assigned a code, the CRDS will contact you (by fax!) to inform you of when your appointment has been scheduled.

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No Shows in Quebec

When a patient bails on their medical appointment, it can be very costly for a medical practice. In hospitals, this problem is even more pronounced. With no-show rates in Canada averaging between 10-25% for clinics and hospitals, last minute cancellations and no shows are a contributing factor to the long time it takes to see a doctor. In order to prevent this, many clinics have been forced to adopt unfriendly policies like double bookings (leading to longer wait times if both patients show up) and cancellation fees. However, by putting ourselves in the patient’s shoes, we at Tap Medical have been working hard to devise a solution that addresses some of these issues. Here is a list of some of the reasons patients don’t show up to their appointments, and what Tap is doing to fix it.

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Walk-in to Your Super Clinic

With the longest emergency-room wait times in the western world, Quebec has been actively trying to solve the issue of access to healthcare. In order to accomplish this, the government has put policies in place that intend to improve access to front-line medical services by opening 50 super-clinics across the province. Now you might be asking, “how can these walk-in super-clinics improve access to healthcare?”

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