Daily Media Digest January 4, 2024

The threat of superbugs will loom too large to ignore
“Already, several thousand Canadians die annually due to antibiotic-resistant infections. Most of these deaths would have been preventable not long ago. If we don’t make major policy and economic changes beginning this year, the problem will grow …”
TAGS: antibiotic resistance, infectious disease, McMaster University

Virtual care more effective with your own family doctor rather than an outside physician: study
CTV News
“A new study has found that those who saw their family doctor virtually were less likely to visit the emergency department in the next week, compared to those who had a virtual care visit with a doctor they had never met before.”
TAGS: virtual care, health care, family doctors, University Health Network

Why is Canada so miserly in funding academic research?
The Globe and Mail
“From energy to health care, Canada relies on research done on university campuses to foster the innovation that drives the economy. Yet the last two federal budgets contained no new financial support for research …”
TAGS: research funding, University of Calgary

Liberals, NDP agree to new deadline to introduce pharmacare legislation
CTV News
“After being unable to table — let alone pass — pharmacare framework legislation this year, the Liberals and New Democrats have agreed to a new deadline to present the bill: March 1, 2024.”
TAGS: pharmacare, legislation

Future of innovation funding agency in doubt as Ottawa delays implementation until potentially after election
The Globe and Mail
“The federal government is punting a flagship innovation funding scheme – possibly to beyond the next election – and launching a long-promised review of its biggest single spending initiative for research and development funding.”
TAGS: Canada Innovation Corporation, funding