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#661 JohnN

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 08:38 AM

Globe and Mail had several opinion articles on health care yesterday: 

 

 

Nearly 15 per cent of Canadians don’t have a family doctor, but the solution isn’t hiring more

 

Canada’s specialist referral system needs to be boosted into the 21st century

 

Taking the pain out of one of the biggest challenges for patients – getting a diagnosis

 

Fixing Health Care: 10 ways to make Canada’s health care system better, faster and more cost-effective right now

 

 

It’s time for therapy to be included in Canada’s universal health care system

 

The pandemic revealed brutal realities about long-term care. Canada has a moral obligation to fix the system

 

Seniors need community care that caters to their whole selves, not just their bodies


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Posted 16 May 2022 - 01:09 PM

Dr Brian Day has just tweeted the attached image of what might be a true incident but could also be an apocryphal myth.

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Why does our health system cost so much and deliver so little? 
@BCGovNews @BCOrthopods @BCFamilyDoctors @DoctorsOfBC @CMA_Docs

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#663 Nparker

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Posted 16 May 2022 - 01:31 PM

Sounds about right to me.



#664 JohnN

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Posted 18 May 2022 - 08:02 AM

While Mayor Ryan Windsor acknowledged the provincial jurisdiction of the subject, he said the municipality definitely has to be involved. “Because our residents are crying out for medical coverage and it’s not falling on deaf ears around the council table and we are doing anything and everything we can.”
 
Coun. Niall Paltiel, who tabled the notice of motion, said it was the right time for Central Saanich to add its voice to the issue and advocate for what he called a “re-think” of policies concerning family physicians.

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#665 spanky123

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Posted 18 May 2022 - 08:12 AM

^ The Province had $1B to address the GP shortage but it was allocated elsewhere!

 

Where are the extinction rebellion people? They will block the highway to prevent a tree from being cut down but everyone (except politicians and their buddies) seems to be ok losing their healthcare.


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#666 JohnN

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Posted 18 May 2022 - 08:42 AM

"Constructive discussion" with doctors' group, premier says

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#667 dasmo

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Posted 18 May 2022 - 08:43 AM

Let us not forget all the staff they fired and chased away from the industry last year.... 


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#668 JohnN

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 04:52 AM

Tentative deal will keep doors of Ucluelet medical clinic open, mayor says


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#669 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 06:39 AM

Nurses would ordinarily attend to four patients at a time but now regularly care for seven to 10 people, all with varying degrees of acute care needs. According to Rachel, several beds in her unit are also occupied by patients who have nowhere to go because there are no supportive housing or long-term care beds available—some have been there for months, and one for almost a year. 

 

“I see how exhausted [nurses] are; I see how so many of them will come in on their days off because they feel for their colleagues, because they know what it's like to work short,” Rachel said. “So they'll come in and compromise their own health.” 

 

https://www.capitald...ffing-shortages

 

 

 

 

None of these stories ever tell us the specifics of "burn out" or the amount of staff that's off on paid leave.


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#670 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 09:13 AM

They teach the school kids that we have the best system in the world.



Sask. woman had unbearable knee pain, so she paid $28k for surgery in Calgary



Nylen had been on the Saskatchewan surgical waiting list for a year in late 2021, and her doctor told her it would be at least two more years before she'd be able to get knee replacement surgery.

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Dr. Ian Lutz, a Saskatoon orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacements, currently has the second-longest waiting list in the province — 18 to 24 months.

He said some of his patients have gone to Ontario, Alberta, the United States, Mexico and India for surgery.

"Some people have so much pain that they can't work and their pain wakes them up at night. I mean, it's terrible," Lutz said.


https://www.cbc.ca/n...y-28k-1.6456425

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#671 Nparker

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 09:20 AM

...Dr. Ian Lutz, a Saskatoon orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacements, currently has the second-longest waiting list in the province — 18 to 24 months. He said some of his patients have gone to Ontario, Alberta, the United States, Mexico and India for surgery...

Odd, none are coming to BC, home of the "best of the best" of medical care?



#672 JohnN

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 06:52 PM

Hundreds rally at B.C. Legislature to call attention to doctor shortage

- includes 2-minute video

 

The B.C. government has faced heat over its handling of the crisis, with the opposition claiming it hasn’t done enough to address the long-standing shortage.
 

 

The government, however, has said efforts are being made to recruit family doctors, particularly in the hard-hit region of southern Vancouver Island, with plans to spend $74 million in operating funds to hire 372 full-time employees at six primary care networks.

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#673 Nparker

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Posted 19 May 2022 - 07:10 PM

If $74 million can add an additional 372 bodies to the health care system, imagine what $789 million could do.
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#674 JohnN

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Posted 23 May 2022 - 09:24 AM

Comment: Why a 95-year-old without a family doctor spent hours in emergency

-- A commentary by a family physician who has been working as a hospitalist in Victoria for 10 years.


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#675 Nparker

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Posted 23 May 2022 - 09:32 AM

It's nothing that a $1 billion museum won't fix.


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#676 dasmo

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Posted 23 May 2022 - 09:33 AM

If $74 million can add an additional 372 bodies to the health care system, imagine what $789 million could do.

‘Significant and solemn day’: Nearly 6,000 BC healthcare workers fired or suspended without pay. Across the province, nearly 6,000 healthcare workers are being fired or suspended without pay for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Around 1,800 of them are long-term care or acute care workers who were suspended without pay on Oct. 12 and had two weeks to get their first dose before their employment was terminated.

 

https://www.kelownan...ed_without_pay/

 

All these people who were trained, working, with experience are probably not returning either. By now they have found other ways forward.


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#677 Matt R.

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Posted 24 May 2022 - 10:56 AM

Lady Minto Hospital Foundation issued a RFI for a general contractor regarding their upcoming Seabreeze Inn staff housing project.

Some of you may remember Roberta from her time with the Ferwood NRG.

https://saltspringex...Pmpkk7ImsrAGNoI

#678 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 27 May 2022 - 11:32 AM

About 900,000 British Columbians are without a family doctor, including about 100,000 on the south Island, and a recent report by clinic directory service Medimap said Victoria had the longest waits in Canada for walk-in clinics.

 

About four walk-in clinics have closed in the capital region since January, largely as a result of staffing issues.

 

Interim funding of $3.46 million was allocated to keep another five open.

 

Urgent and Primary Care Centres have been built as part of a larger plan to address primary care needs, but they are critically understaffed.

 

In the downtown Victoria UPCC, 45.66 full-time equivalent positions are funded but less than half — 21.61 — have been filled. At Nanaimo’s UPCC, 16.83 FTE positions are funded, but only 5.73 are staffed.

 

B.C. Liberal health critic Shirley Bond recently said in question period that fewer than two per cent of people who don’t have a doctor have been attached to one through UPCCs.The province has about 6,800 trained family doctors, but only about 3,500 practise in that role, according to Family Doctors for Better Patient Care in B.C.

 

On Friday, Horgan blamed the primary-care crisis largely on insufficient federal funding.

 

 

 

https://www.timescol...an-says-5415315


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 11:39 AM

...On Friday, Horgan blamed the primary-care crisis largely on insufficient federal funding....

This argument might have an inkling of merit if the province hadn't just announced it has $789 million to replace a perfectly functional museum. Our provincial government has completely failed us.

 


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#680 dasmo

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Posted 27 May 2022 - 12:04 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost B.C.’s taxpayers more than $1 billion in health-care funding.

For the first time, British Columbians are getting a broader look at how much managing the pandemic has cost taxpayers.

The federal government has provided COVID-19 vaccines free of charge to the provinces. But British Columbia spent $550 million to rent out clinic space, hire staff and build infrastructure to administer more than 11 million vaccines.

The price tag on vaccination is still an estimate and is expected to be higher when the fiscal year ends.

 

https://globalnews.c...lth-care-costs/



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