Yukon health and social services

Whitehorse General Hospital in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Yukon Medical Association doctors say new file sharing system a failure

System launched in June has created more work for doctors, compromised care, says YMA president.

Whitehorse General Hospital in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Health Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee stands in the legislature to answer questions on Oct. 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Health Minister insists the government is working to address doctor shortage

“The pandemic has significantly impacted our ability to recruit nurses, physicians, and other health care providers.”

Health Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee stands in the legislature to answer questions on Oct. 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Trikafta will soon be covered under the Yukon Drug Formulary. (Courtesy/Trikafta)

Coverage for cystic fibrosis medication endorsed in legislature

“This new drug has the potential to change so many people’s lives for the better.”

Trikafta will soon be covered under the Yukon Drug Formulary. (Courtesy/Trikafta)
Christina Kaiser, Community Midwifery Association Yukon interim president and midwife, poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. The Yukon government has rolled out a regulatory framework for midwifery, a move that Kaiser says is a positive step forward. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Funded and regulated midwifery in Yukon targeted for fall 2021

New midwifery regulations will come into effect on April 15

Christina Kaiser, Community Midwifery Association Yukon interim president and midwife, poses for a photo in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. The Yukon government has rolled out a regulatory framework for midwifery, a move that Kaiser says is a positive step forward. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Whitehorse Correctional Centre in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. A COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held for inmates on Jan. 21, with the doses available on a voluntary basis. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Less than half of inmates opt for COVID-19 vaccine at Whitehorse Correctional Centre

Pandemic protocols will remain in place, according to justice department

Whitehorse Correctional Centre in Whitehorse on Feb. 2. A COVID-19 vaccine clinic was held for inmates on Jan. 21, with the doses available on a voluntary basis. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
The Yukon government is making changes to the medical travel system, including doubling the per diem and making destinations for medical services more flexible. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Subsidy for medical travel doubled with more supports coming

The change was recommended in the Putting People First report endorsed by the government

The Yukon government is making changes to the medical travel system, including doubling the per diem and making destinations for medical services more flexible. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Yukoners at-risk of contracting HIV will have access to a prescription drug that reduces the risk, beginning in the middle of January, announced the Yukon government in a statement on Dec. 4. Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said, “It is important to ensure Yukoners who need access to this medication can receive it.” (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Coverage will be provided for HIV prevention medication

Yukoners at risk of contracting HIV will have access to a prescription…

Yukoners at-risk of contracting HIV will have access to a prescription drug that reduces the risk, beginning in the middle of January, announced the Yukon government in a statement on Dec. 4. Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost said, “It is important to ensure Yukoners who need access to this medication can receive it.” (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and — unsurprisingly — hospital visitations were down. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Annual report says COVID-19 had a large impact visitation numbers at Whitehorse General

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and…

The Yukon Hospital Corporation has released its annual report for 2019-20, and — unsurprisingly — hospital visitations were down. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The president of the Yukon Medical Association says he hopes the association, physicians and Whitehorse General Hospital can work together on short- and long-term solutions after a psychiatrist was assaulted by a patient last month. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Long-term solutions needed after assault on psychiatrist at Whitehorse hospital, YMA president says

Important not to further stigmatize people living with mental health issues, YMA president says

The president of the Yukon Medical Association says he hopes the association, physicians and Whitehorse General Hospital can work together on short- and long-term solutions after a psychiatrist was assaulted by a patient last month. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Psychiatrists with Whitehorse’s Summit Heath Associates clinic have withdrawn their services from Whitehorse General Hospital after one of them was “brutally assaulted” by a patient in the secure medical unit last week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Psychiatrists withdraw from Whitehorse General Hospital after patient assault

Psychiatrists with Whitehorse’s Summit Heath Associates clinic have withdrawn their services from…

Psychiatrists with Whitehorse’s Summit Heath Associates clinic have withdrawn their services from Whitehorse General Hospital after one of them was “brutally assaulted” by a patient in the secure medical unit last week. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
The Yukon government is encouraging people to get the flu vaccine this year, saying that with COVID-19, it’s “more important than ever.” (Black Press file)

Get flu vaccine, Yukon government urges

The Yukon government is encouraging people to get the flu vaccine this…

The Yukon government is encouraging people to get the flu vaccine this year, saying that with COVID-19, it’s “more important than ever.” (Black Press file)
A pedestrian passes by an offsales sandwich board along Fourth Avenue in Whitehorse on Oct. 22. NDP MLA Liz Hanson raised concerns Oct. 21 in the legislature about increased hospitalizations due to alcohol consumption that correlate with an extension in the hours alcohol can be sold in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)

Alcohol-related hospitalizations rise after off-sales hours extended

Reduced hours for off-sale liquor establishments likely part of Liquor Act spring reforms

A pedestrian passes by an offsales sandwich board along Fourth Avenue in Whitehorse on Oct. 22. NDP MLA Liz Hanson raised concerns Oct. 21 in the legislature about increased hospitalizations due to alcohol consumption that correlate with an extension in the hours alcohol can be sold in the territory. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Benjamin Munn, 12, watches the HPV vaccine in 2013. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available to all Yukoners up to, and including, age 26. Currently the program is only available to girls ages nine to 18 and boys ages nine to 14. (Dan Bates/Black Press file)

HPV vaccine will be available to Yukoners up to, including, age 26

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available…

Benjamin Munn, 12, watches the HPV vaccine in 2013. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available to all Yukoners up to, and including, age 26. Currently the program is only available to girls ages nine to 18 and boys ages nine to 14. (Dan Bates/Black Press file)
Two doctors in Watson Lake say they are at risk of losing their housing due to a Yukon Housing Corporation policy that only allows one pet per family. (Wikimedia Commons)

Healthcare workers in Watson Lake say housing pet policy could force them to leave

The Yukon Housing Corporation has threatened evictions for having more than one pet

Two doctors in Watson Lake say they are at risk of losing their housing due to a Yukon Housing Corporation policy that only allows one pet per family. (Wikimedia Commons)

Full funding announced for continuous Type 1 diabetes management systems

An earlier decision by the government indicated a cheaper, less functional system would be covered

Action plan released with 56 recommendations to support Yukon seniors

The government will also cover the cost of the shingles vaccine for adults aged 65 to 70

Yukon government will fund one type of glucose monitors for adults

The Yukon T1D Support Network says coverage needs to go further