Thursday, 22 October 2015

Donation Update

Recently we made the decision to start giving donations to charities as a thank you to new clients coming on board. Basically, our plan is that for every new client that comes on board we're taking a % of their payment and giving it directly to someone in need.

Today we made our second major donation to two of our favorite charities.

1 - Doctors without Borders Canada / MSF
http://www.msf.ca/
For more than 40 years, MSF has been providing medical assistance to people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters, disease epidemics, malnutrition crises and other emergencies. All of these types of situation call for the rapid deployment of  specialized medical and logistical expertise and equipment. MSF is world renowned for their ability to respond quickly and for their efficient work in complicated crises.

2 -  Free the Children
http://www.freethechildren.com/
Founded in 1995, Free the Children works to free children from poverty and exploitation by empowering communities with the skills and resources needed to change their lives. The charity implements the Adopt-a-Village development model in rural and marginalized areas in 8 countries: Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua, China, and India. This model has 5 pillars: education, health care, alternative income, clean water/sanitation, and agriculture/food security. FTC builds schools and water wells, and provides medical treatment and income sources to the developing regions. These projects are designed to address the root cause of poverty and remove the barriers to children's education in the developing world.

Thank you to all our new clients for making this possible.


Cheers! Have a happy and healthy day.
The whole OscarHost team.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Watsi donation update and Ontario fee changes | OscarHost blog

We recently made a Watsi donation to help a young girl in Thailand receive the medical care she needs. You can find out more about our first donation below.

Changes have also been made to fees for physicians in Ontario. Further details on this can also be found below.

Watsi donation update

Crowdfunding has recently revolutionized the healthcare world, especially in developing nations. It has allowed people that would otherwise not be able to receive the care they need to get access to that care through the donations of others. We recently did some research into how crowdfunding has improved healthcare and made the decision to regularly donate a percentage of our revenue to those who need it most.

Our first donation was to a nine-year-old girl name Naw who lives in Thailand. She developed tumours on her leg and tongue and required surgery in order to remove them. We were able to contribute to the full funding of Naw's care. You can find out more about our donation by reading our first donation update. We will keep you posted on future donations as well.

Fee changes in Ontario

As of October 1st, 2015, fee-for-service rates in Ontario were reduced by 1.3%. Additional cuts to specific fees for certain specialists were also made.

To update the fees in your OSCAR EMR, please download the new OHIP Fee Schedule Master file and import it through your OscarHost account. If you need assistance with this, please email us at support@oscarhost.ca.

The action is part of an ongoing dispute between the Ontario government and Ontario's physicians. It has been speculated that the issue could escalate into job action from physicians. The Ontario Medical Association has suggested the matter be settled through binding arbitration.

Hopefully, both parties will be able to come to a resolution quickly and patients won't be affected by these changes.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or feedback regarding these updates!