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#121 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 04:59 PM

I am not so sure about that program. what’s in it for the pubs and restaurants and nail and hair salons and doctor and lawyer offices downtown that are funding it?

#122 Nparker

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 05:32 PM

...A new program, called ‘Downtown Delivers,’ will allow customers that live in the Sooke to Sidney region to get products shipped to their homes for free.

In keeping with the CoV's alternative transportation strategy, will those deliveries be made via bicycle or transit bus?


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#123 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 05:55 PM

according to this directory:

 

https://downtownvict...p-local-online/

 

118 downtown shops have online ordering

1 restaurant does

2 services do

and 1 "stay and explore" business does.

 

but the city has 281 "shops" according to the full DVBA directory.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 03 December 2020 - 05:56 PM.


#124 Barrrister

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 10:35 PM

Are the doctors downtown now making house calls in order to keep patients. 



#125 TwilightZoneVictoria

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 10:40 AM

Heard some walk in clinics are doing it all by phone now.



#126 Mike K.

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:03 AM

Yes, or via video call. It’s not a good system.

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#127 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:15 AM

babylon health is free.  why bother going to a doctor's office?

 

https://www.telus.co...ersonal/babylon



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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:19 AM

babylon health is free.  why bother going to a doctor's office?..

Because for many people the face-to-face interaction with the health care professional is important.



#129 jasmineshinga

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:24 AM

Video consultancy has been a thing for years, when I worked clinical in Alberta we'd have regular telehealth appointments for patients from the northern communities or with mobility issues (back in 2010!).

 

Most physicians could provide this service now, if they bothered to set up the basic infrastructure of an internet connection, VPN (for security), and camera/mike setup. It works fine for check-ups and acute concerns, though obviously you can't check someone's pulse directly or smell ketoacidosis on their breath, so early detection of underlying issues may require an in-person visit.


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#130 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:40 AM

Because for many people the face-to-face interaction with the health care professional is important.

 

i know what you mean.

 

when i get my blood pressure checked in-office i just love the expression on the doctor's face when she reads the dial.  usually followed by her frantically tapping on it to see that it's not broken.

 

you can't get that entertainment online.


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#131 Nparker

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:43 AM

AFAIK you also can't get your blood pressure checked online...yet.



#132 spanky123

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:48 AM

babylon health is free.  why bother going to a doctor's office?

 

https://www.telus.co...ersonal/babylon

 

How are you going to get a prostate examine via tele-health?!

 

Seriously though, there are a lot of things that tele-health cannot diagnose or prescribe for. It is good for a lot of very simple things like prescription renewals and referrals to specialists that takes some load off of the walk-in clinic.

 

On the flip side however, some providers are using the service to drive demand and costs. I get an email from Babylon at least once every other week encouraging me to call and make an appointment if I am sad, or feeling unwell. I suspect that overall 'visits' and costs are way up.

 

From what I am told, Doctors are being incented to use tele-health by raising billing caps. That is great for now but my bet is that that rug gets pulled as soon as the private clinic model has collapsed.


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#133 Mike K.

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 12:07 PM

Speaking of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, what happened to the half-million dollar light display the organization purchased last year?

It was to have been paid off over five years. I guess not wanting to encourage crowds it will not be installed this year?
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#134 Ismo07

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 12:18 PM

Speaking of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, what happened to the half-million dollar light display the organization purchased last year?

It was to have been paid off over five years. I guess not wanting to encourage crowds it will not be installed this year?

 

I think it was noted elsewhere that it is suspended this year.


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#135 spanky123

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 12:25 PM

I think it was noted elsewhere that it is suspended this year.


Correct. City told them they could not set up due to covid.
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#136 Ismo07

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 12:58 PM

Correct. City told them they could not set up due to covid.

 

Hmm really?  I think that events cancelled is more of a provincial call...  I'll look into that.


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#137 aastra

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 01:08 PM

 

babylon health is free

 

And if that's not satisfactory then you can always wait for "gehenna health" (available soon).


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#138 spanky123

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 01:25 PM

Hmm really?  I think that events cancelled is more of a provincial call...  I'll look into that.

 

I heard from a board member of the DVBA that the City would not allow them to set up the display this year due to covid. If that was a misunderstanding then happy to be corrected.


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#139 Mike K.

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 01:49 PM

And if that's not satisfactory then you can always wait for "gehenna health" (available soon).


Was my Tower of Babylon Health too highbrow for you?
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#140 aastra

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 02:01 PM

Come on, the bumper stickers on your truck are too highbrow for me. You know that.



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