We know from professional and personal experience that navigating the health care system can be a daunting task. That’s why MJ has turned to the airwaves on CBC Radio with a weekly column called ‘Health Hacks’. It’s where she shares insider tips on how the health system works, and ways to make the experience of using it better. Here is a line-up of health hacks that are on the air:  

Getting the best bang for your buck when it comes to prescription drugs
Pets are good for your health
What Nova Scotia can learn from another health authority’s troubled IT project
What you need to know about drug recalls
How to get the healthcare you want if you don’t have a family doctor
Why you should ask healthcare providers if they’ve had their flu shot yet
Family doctors alone will not meet the needs of Nova Scotians
Kicking nicotine can increase your odds of surviving cancer
Why Nova Scotia should look to the UK for its sick note policies
Can’t recall what your doctor told you? There’s an app for that.
How a trip to the doctor’s office can make you sicker
How to be an empowered patient. Hint: It’s OK to say no
 When it comes to home care, that first conversation ‘is absolutely key’
How to complain about health care and actually be heard
Why you shouldn’t put off cancer screenings until you’ve found a family doctor
Turn up early, come prepared: Tips for surviving an ER visit
If you’ve been referred to a specialist, here’s what you need to know
Do health-care workers wash their hands enough?