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#641 JohnN

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 04:34 AM

Fred Haynes: Saanich is working to ease the health-care crunch

 
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At the Saanich municipal level, we have not been idle. Most recently, we worked with Stefan Fletcher, the CEO of RebalanceMD in Uptown Mall, to expedite permits to expand their medical campus to accommodate an increased number of physicians and improve the patient care experience.
 
Plans include a potential new complement of about 10 family physicians. If achieved, this would result in one of the largest integrated physician-led medical service campuses in B.C.
 

 

Recently we were delighted to approve the expansion of the Luther Court Community Health Centre. With primary care services available since March 16, the full renovation of its 260-square-metre clinic provides capacity for nine full-time equivalent clinical health-care providers.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 07:16 AM

^ I am glad that Saanich is processing permits for renovations but is that really something Fred should be taking credit for as an effort to solve the GP shortage?!


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Posted 09 May 2022 - 07:25 AM

Virtue signaling in an election year. Hardly a surprise.



#644 JohnN

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 08:15 AM

After months in pain, these patients paid thousands for surgery outside of B.C.

 

Orthopedic surgeons have told CBC News that the pandemic and natural disasters, namely B.C.'s floods and wildfires, have also exacerbated staff shortages. Doctors also say there aren't enough beds. The province says it's aware of the long waits and that it is trying to address the problem by opening new operating rooms and hiring more staff, including surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists.

 


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Posted 09 May 2022 - 09:49 AM

Virtue signaling in an election year. Hardly a surprise.

 

Unless I am missing something, Rebalance does not have a family practice or walk in clinic


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Posted 09 May 2022 - 09:49 AM

 

After months in pain, these patients paid thousands for surgery outside of B.C.

 

Orthopedic surgeons have told CBC News that the pandemic and natural disasters, namely B.C.'s floods and wildfires, have also exacerbated staff shortages. Doctors also say there aren't enough beds. The province says it's aware of the long waits and that it is trying to address the problem by opening new operating rooms and hiring more staff, including surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists.

 

 

So global warming is causing our GP and surgery shortage? Innovative.



#647 Nparker

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 09:56 AM

So global warming is causing our GP and surgery shortage? Innovative.

CBC News. 'nuf said.



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Posted 11 May 2022 - 06:31 PM

Doctors of BC comment on their Facebook page:

 

In response to the comments made by BC’s Health Minister Adrian Dix that nurse practitioners provide better care than doctors because they spend more time with patients, we are releasing this statement. 

 

 
MAY 11, 2022
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In response to the comments made by BC’s Health Minister Adrian Dix that nurse practitioners provide better care than doctors because they spend more time with patients, we are releasing the following statement:
 
Doctors in our province have the utmost respect for the important role that nurses and nurse practitioners (NPs) play in the delivery of health care to patients. However, NPs cannot replace doctors, and they do not provide better care than doctors in “severe” medical cases. It is worth noting that NPs have more time to spend with patients due to the way they are paid; we know patients value spending time with their healthcare practitioner - something family doctors currently lack due to the multiple pressures upon them.
 
Family doctors have invested in multiple years of clinical training. Those family doctors providing longitudinal care are our experts in family medicine. Doctors working together with nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals as a team will mean better care for patients. We need more family doctors so that we can do this as a team, working together. We need the government to acknowledge the value of the family doctor as a vital, critical part of our health care system, and to work with us to solve the serious shortage of family doctors in our province.
 
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#649 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 May 2022 - 02:54 AM

Les Leyne: $25 billion spent, thousands of new hires, B.C.'s health care still falls short

B.C.'s health-care workforce has grown to 223,000 in 2022 from 184,000 in 2018.

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There were 17.9 million fee-for-service visits the year before COVID-19, and 647,000 virtual visits.

In the first year of the pandemic, in-person visits dropped to 5.5 million, and virtual visits jumped to about 13 million. The switch wasn’t as extreme in the second year, but is still obvious.


https://www.timescol...s-short-5359523

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 12 May 2022 - 02:55 AM.


#650 Midnightly

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Posted 12 May 2022 - 12:23 PM

Les Leyne: $25 billion spent, thousands of new hires, B.C.'s health care still falls short

B.C.'s health-care workforce has grown to 223,000 in 2022 from 184,000 in 2018.

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https://www.timescol...s-short-5359523

 

 

ofcourse if falls short.. you can't ignore something for 10+ years then suddenly expect it to be fixed in a few short years.. and how much of that healthcare workforce is new practicing medical doctors in family practice... which is the biggest area that needs improvement...
 



#651 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 May 2022 - 12:27 PM

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix attempted to fend off criticism from doctors Thursday that he was purposely pitting nurse practitioners against physicians at a time of crisis in the health-care system.

 

The heightened tensions between the province’s doctors and the health minister come as negotiations for a new contract focused on new payment models continues.

 

“I celebrate the work of family practice doctors every day. I celebrate the work of nurses every day … and I do celebrate the work of nurse practitioners,” said Dix during question period.

 

The Doctors of B.C., which represents 14,000 physicians in the province, issued a rare statement Wednesday criticizing the minister over comments he made in a committee Wednesday reviewing estimates on health spending.

 

During the debate, Dix said of nurse practitioners: “I’m not saying they can provide better primary care, but for many people, they do.”

 

 

https://www.timescol...tioners-5362258



#652 JimV

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Posted 12 May 2022 - 03:39 PM

I’m glad that Dix is celebrating.  Now if he can only find some more doctors.



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Posted 12 May 2022 - 03:43 PM

I’m glad that Dix is celebrating.  Now if he can only find some more doctors.

 

He loves LPNs as he can pay them less for what he obviously considers to be the same job!


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Posted 12 May 2022 - 04:10 PM

Also, May 11 statement from BC Family Doctors, signed by Dr. Toye Oyelese, President 2021-2022, BC Family Doctors 

 

"Family Doctors Are Specialists In Primary Care" 

 

We were disappointed to hear the comments by BC’s Health Minister Adrian Dix in the Debate on Budget Estimates on May 10, 2022. Minister Dix suggested nurse practitioners provide better primary care than family doctors and spend more time with patients. Such comments are disheartening and divisive.
 
BC’s primary care crisis will not be solved by fostering an “us vs them” culture. It will be solved by communication, collaboration and celebration of the hard-working family doctors who have been shouldering the responsibilities of caring for British Columbians in these difficult times.
 
BC Family Doctors values the contributions and skills of our nurse practitioner colleagues. Our roles and training, however, are fundamentally different. We recognize that team-based care is an integral part of the future of primary care, with doctors, nurse practitioners and other healthcare workers working together to support patient care. To realize this vision, all healthcare workers need to be supported to provide the essential healthcare needed by British Columbians.
 
Nurse practitioner clinics are provided infrastructure support and funding as well as a payment model that allows for more time with patients. Family medicine clinics are critical health infrastructure, fully funded and operated by family physicians. They need to be funded in a way that addresses the rising costs of operating clinics. We also need to improve BC’s fee-for-service system and introduce alternate payment models that better reflect the time required to provide longitudinal, comprehensive patient care.
 
Family doctors are the essential foundation of a high-functioning healthcare system. Our depth and breadth of training, skill set, and expertise make us an irreplaceable resource in our communities. We are specialists in primary care.
 
It’s time to address the supports and reforms necessary to ensure the sustainability of family medicine. It’s time for action and investment in family doctors.  
 
 

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Posted 12 May 2022 - 04:14 PM

If it was just all privatized like lawyers or dentists or financial advisors or hairdressers or house insurance the chips would just fall as they may.

Trust government to screw it up.

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 10:04 AM

Port McNeill and District Hospital’s emergency department will be closed until 7 a.m. Monday due to a staffing shortage, and the hospital will not be taking any new admissions until then, Island Health said in an advisory Friday.

 

Anyone experiencing a medical emergency over the weekend is advised to call 911 or go to Port Hardy Hospital.

 

The health authority said it has protocols with B.C. Emergency Health Services to ensure patients are transported to the appropriate site.

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...hortage-5365740


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 13 May 2022 - 10:05 AM.


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Posted 13 May 2022 - 10:16 AM

...The health authority said it has protocols with B.C. Emergency Health Services to ensure patients are transported to the appropriate site...

 

Fingers-crossed they make it to the "appropriate site" in time.



#658 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 01:40 PM

Why is Canada euthanising the poor?

https://www.spectato...g-the-poor-/amp


Next year, the floodgates will open even further when those suffering from mental illness – another disproportionately poor group – become eligible for assisted suicide, although enthusiastic doctors and nurses have already pre-empted the law. There is already talk of allowing ‘mature minors’ access to euthanasia too – just think of the lifetime savings. But remember, slippery slopes are always a fallacy.

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 02:26 PM

The other option is to get someone really drunk or high or both, to kill you.

The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday ruled that defendants accused of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assault may use self-induced extreme intoxication as a defence, striking down a federal law supported by women’s advocacy groups.

- https://nationalpost...t-crime-cases-2

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#660 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 02:29 PM

The other option is to get someone really drunk or high or both, to kill you.

- https://nationalpost...t-crime-cases-2

 

Or just "drug toxicity" deaths (formerly know as overdoses).  We are good at that in BC, home of the most government "safe consumption" sites in the entire world.

 

BC has double the overdose death rate of the USA.


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