Note from the United States

A friend and colleague, Dr. Kate Tairyan, sent me a link to a commentary in the New York Times by Paul Steinberg, a U.S. psychiatrist. I happen to be in the United States visiting family for the holidays and this article made me grateful to have the opportunity to practice psychiatry in a functional health care system instead of a dysfunctional patchwork of public and private health care payers and deliverers. Although Canadian health care institutions are imperfect,the inadequacy of mental health care in the United States for the neediest patients is tragic and as we have witnessed in 2012, even lethal.

Happy New Year and I hope that our efforts at the BC Psychosis Program will continue to improve in 2013.