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#81 Rob Randall

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 04:17 PM

1110 HIllside (Norway House).


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#82 lanforod

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:09 PM

 

 

and when will the roof fall in on the hearing aid scam?  there is no possible way that my hearing aids are anywhere near worth $3k when i can buy 10 android phones for that price.

 

If you could get a billion sales in hearing aids the prices for those top end models will drop to $300 too. There is a big mark-up, to be sure, but they do need to recoup those massive research and dev dollars somehow, as well as make money.

I should complain about the costs more, I pay them myself, but I get it. 



#83 Rob Randall

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:23 PM

i can't quite read the ad does it say hillside ave.?  1300 block?

 

oh never mind that's a meeting at norway house.

 

i still seem to recall an office somewhere.

 

Other articles from the 1970s place the Vancouver Island head office at a residential home at 1149 Johnson.


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#84 Rob Randall

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:25 PM

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#85 Rob Randall

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:27 PM

40 years after a government inquiry and essential eyewear is an even worse monopoly than in 1980.


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:29 AM

Shame on these people.  They can do better and we can/should 'elect' better - shame on us.

 

"......I wrote the federal minister of health seeking a review of the Canada Health Act to see whether the conditions of the act are being met in British Columbia.

 

 

She did not respond but had a division of her department respond, no names, just the Strategic Policy Branch. I replied to the minister on Dec. 11 indicating that I expected a written response from her with her signature, that she was the responsible person to me as a citizen and taxpayer, not a person or a branch of her department.

She is the elected one; all the others are employees responsible to her. I am waiting for a response.

Meanwhile, I have tried to enlist the support of local municipal elected councillors, of which there are 12, asking for their written support of this effort.

Only two have responded: the mayor of Parksville and one councillor. No response from any of the five elected representatives in Qualicum Beach. The mayor of Parksville gave his support and I have had a meeting with him.

I have contacted my MLA, Michelle Stilwell, and she has responded but has not provided her support . She referred me to the Liberal health critic, whose office bungled an appointment that was supposed to happen between Christmas and New Year’s.

Local MP Gord Johns has simply provided automated responses to my letters.

I wrote all 42 MPs for the B.C., two of whom were party leaders, of the Greens and the New Democrats.

I received eight automated replies and two live replies .

The two live replies were from Brad Vis (Mission-Masqui-Fraser Canyon) who referred me to my local MP (who I cannot contact ) and would do nothing else, and Paul Manly (Nanaimo Ladysmith) who refused to support my efforts but talked about the local efforts that must be made generally on health care.

So two out of 12 locally and 10 out of 42 federally sent replies, only two of which were live, non-automated replies.

A 16 per cent response locally. And 4.5 per cent federally.

As if to add insult to injury — in my request to the MPs I mentioned whether they could introduce a private member’s bill in Parliament on the issue.

Manly, in his live reply, said this:

“In the private members’ lottery, my number came up in the 200s so it is not likely that I will be able to table a private member’s bill during this parliament unless I am able to do it through another method other than my private member’s allocated spot in the order of precedence.”

Such is the state of our democracy in our country as I have experienced it.

https://www.timescol...eply-1.24057025


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#87 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:32 AM

ask anyone that works for government.  they are very very loathe to issue written responses yet alone put their name to anything they already produce.  it's just the way the government culture is with regard to correspondence with citizens.

 

on the other hand there is not enough time in the world to respond to every enquiry individually.  that's why government has whole departments geared toward having answers in places where people can find them.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 21 January 2020 - 07:34 AM.


#88 VIResident

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Posted 21 January 2020 - 09:36 AM

We get the government we deserve.  


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#89 Mike K.

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 12:44 PM

An urgent primary care centre will be opening in James Bay on the 27th at Capital Park, the Premier has announced.


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#90 mbjj

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 02:25 PM

That medical centre must be the same one whose site I've been monitoring for quite a few months as we need a family doctor now. Luckily we fall within the boundaries to be signed up. It was supposed to open in March before all the latest hoo-ha.



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Posted 22 April 2020 - 02:29 PM

That medical centre must be the same one whose site I've been monitoring for quite a few months as we need a family doctor now. Luckily we fall within the boundaries to be signed up. It was supposed to open in March before all the latest hoo-ha.

 

Yeah hasn't that been announced a couple of times now and is really just the James Bay Community Project (former clinic) being rebranded?


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#92 Mike K.

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 03:16 PM

Yes, that sounds about right.

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#93 JohnN

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 03:58 PM

I think that Urgent and Primary Care Centres are intended to work because there will be teams of a physician plus nurse practitioners, plus nurses plus counsellors, etc. Not sure how the Westshore UPCC is going but seems like many clinics, they could do more if they had more physicians around. That seems to be the problem. BC Govt has alloted funds for Esquimalt to have more physicians (3.2 I think), but even with active searching, doesn't seem to be turning any up.

South Island Division of Family Practice have a "mousetrap" 4-minute video setting out the wonderful place that is our region but I'm not sure its actually very useful in getting new physicians into the region: https://vimeo.com/118644036

 

Interesting to read the geographic boundary limits and exceptions to be allowed to register for the James Bay UPCC:  https://www.islandhe...ary-care-centre

UPCCs come with some other changes in BC provincial health clinic operations: 

2018: Govt sets out the vision for new primary care that include: 

Primary care networks (link below)

Urgent primary care centres

Community health centres

https://news.gov.bc....PREM0034-001010

 

Also: 

Patient Medical Homes: 

http://www.gpscbc.ca...t-medical-homes

Primary Care Networks: http://www.gpscbc.ca...y-care-networks


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#94 Midnightly

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 04:40 PM

I think that Urgent and Primary Care Centres are intended to work because there will be teams of a physician plus nurse practitioners, plus nurses plus counsellors, etc. Not sure how the Westshore UPCC is going but seems like many clinics, they could do more if they had more physicians around. That seems to be the problem. BC Govt has alloted funds for Esquimalt to have more physicians (3.2 I think), but even with active searching, doesn't seem to be turning any up.

South Island Division of Family Practice have a "mousetrap" 4-minute video setting out the wonderful place that is our region but I'm not sure its actually very useful in getting new physicians into the region: https://vimeo.com/118644036

 

Interesting to read the geographic boundary limits and exceptions to be allowed to register for the James Bay UPCC:  https://www.islandhe...ary-care-centre

UPCCs come with some other changes in BC provincial health clinic operations: 

2018: Govt sets out the vision for new primary care that include: 

Primary care networks (link below)

Urgent primary care centres

Community health centres

https://news.gov.bc....PREM0034-001010

 

Also: 

Patient Medical Homes: 

http://www.gpscbc.ca...t-medical-homes

Primary Care Networks: http://www.gpscbc.ca...y-care-networks

 

Esquimalt did get a new physician at their medical clinic, someone posted this on the esquimalt facebook page, going to the link it looks like Dr Truelson is now taking a waitlist.. ( there are 5 doctors listed as working out of the clinic)

 

 

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#95 JohnN

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 05:38 PM

Great! My info is now several months old so looks like Dr. Truelson has come to Esquimalt as of March 30 and she is using a telehealth app to line up patients:  https://esquimaltmed...-sarah-truelson


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#96 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 12:18 PM

a snitch line has been set up so hospital workers can secretly report one another.

i’m sure that’s great for morale at the saan pen hospital.

https://www.cbc.ca/n...ystem-1.5643719

now they are going to need a game to relieve the stress of being secretly reported on.

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#97 spanky123

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 02:35 PM

^ So the purpose of the investigation was to create a much broader job for herself and to expand the scope. Apparently now asking someone if they have been drinking or using drugs before a treatment is administered is racist. I wonder what it is called when you provide someone treatment without asking and they have a negative reaction?



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 02:38 PM

from the article:


Turpel-Lafond said early in her investigation she has found several themes emerging — primarily, one where Indigenous people seeking care are repeatedly questioned about whether they are intoxicated or dealing with an ongoing addiction before they receive care.




those are fairly important questions I think.

#99 spanky123

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 02:41 PM

No bias here. Good to see she is starting her new expanded investigation with an open mind. 

 

“I have to say today that this investigation is not trying to determine whether racism exists in B.C.’s health-care system. It does exist, just as it does in every aspect of Canadian society,” said Turpel-Lafond.



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Posted 09 July 2020 - 02:50 PM

“every aspect of Canadian society”. that’s something.

what a joke. we are all guilty as charged going into the investigation.

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