Attention News editors.. Medical Waiting
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Attention News editors.. Medical Waiting times:
Blaming it all solely on others, the Hospital is really unacceptable, absurd..
----- Original Message -----Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 4:03 PMSubject: Re: Office of the Prime Minister / Cabinet du Premier ministre
Thank you for your acknowledgment of my email but still more importantly now what about insuring us all to real access to decent, adequate medical care.. instead of us having to fight with the Hospital administrators to try to get real medical services.. I even had a problem get decent heart care services as you know .. next I have problem accessing my medical care doctor, and I even had problems accessing the medical services for my diabetes. I have had now to fight many times to get decent medical services and that is both unacceptable and absurd, really absurd. No one can deny my real personal experiences and witnesses with this poor medical care system of yours."Angus Reid Global Monitor : Polls & Research Health Care, Environment Top Issues in Canada November 1, 2006
- Canadian adults remain concerned about their medical services, according to a poll by Innovative Research Group for the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute. 24 per cent of respondents think health care is the most important issue facing Canada today. The environment is second on the list with 20 per cent, followed by the economy with 11 per cent, social issues with eight per cent, defence and security also with eight per cent, federal/provincial relations with five per cent, and crime with four per cent. In Canada, the universality criterion establishes that all residents of a province or territory must be entitled to the insured, public-run health services provided by their provincial or territorial health care insurance plan on uniform terms and conditions. Canadians renewed the House of Commons in January. The Conservative party—led by Stephen Harper—received 36.3 per cent of the vote, and secured 124 seats in the 308-member lower house. Since February, Harper leads a minority administration after more than 12 years of government by the Liberal party. The Conservatives discussed the possibility of allowing a combination of public and private health care delivery, and vowed to improve waiting times for patients by the end of this year. Last month, Harper announced that his government would "set in motion Canada’s first comprehensive and integrated approach to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gases and in doing so deliver better air quality and address climate change."On Oct. 31, New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton hinted at a no-confidence motion on the government, saying, "I’m not really convinced that the prime minister understands the urgency of the climate change crisis, the threat that climate change proposes and the urgency to move quickly. Far too much emphasis on consultations that could go on for considerable periods of time as opposed to action."
What is the most important issue facing Canada today?
Health care 24%
The environment 20%
The economy 11%
Social issues 8%
Defence and security 8%
Federal/provincial relations 5%
Civil rights and freedoms 3%
Relations with the U.S. 3%
Source: Innovative Research Group / Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute
Methodology: Online interviews with 2,839 Canadian adults, conducted on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 2006. Margin of error is 2 per cent."WASHINGTON (CP) - Canada lags far behind other countries except the United States in an international study of effective primary health care for patients released Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund. The survey of more than 6,000 doctors in seven countries gave Canada poor marks on several aspects of patient care, including wait times for tests, use of electronic medical records, doctors available after hours, multi-discipline teams to treat chronic illness and financial incentives for improving quality of care. The survey suggested Canada has a long way to go on many fronts to catch up with the other countries, which included the United Kingdom, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Germany. Only 23 per cent of Canadian doctors use electronic medical records, the lowest percentage and far behind 98 per cent in the Netherlands. Most Canadian physicians don't use computers to prescribe medications, access test results and hospital records, receive alerts about potential problems with drug doses or interactions or know when patients are overdue for essential care. Other findings include:
-Fifty-one per cent of Canadian physicians report patients face long waits for diagnostic tests, compared with six per cent in Australia.
-Canada's doctors wait longest for full hospital discharge reports or don't get them at all.
-Forty-seven per cent have arrangements for after-hours care so people can avoid going to an emergency room, compared with 95 per cent in the Netherlands. Only the United States is lower than Canada at 40 per cent.
-Thirty-two per cent routinely work with multi-discipline teams and non-physicians to treat chronic illnesses, compared with 81 per cent in the United Kingdom.
-Forty-one per cent report getting government financial incentives to improve care, compared with 95 per cent in the U.K.
-Canada had the lowest rate of doctors giving plans for home care to patients with chronic diseases.
-Only 27 per cent of doctors set formal targets for clinical performance, compared with 70 per cent in Germany and the U.K. Few collect information on patient satisfaction or clinical outcomes.
Michael McBane at the Canadian Health Coalition said that some doctors are driving up waiting times by protecting their turf and aren't held accountable to the public, resulting in misappropriation of scarce resources. "There's a lot of inappropriate referrals to specialists. We're not using physicians properly. They don't spend enough time with patients to do the prevention work." That's not going to change, he said, unless Ottawa stands up to the profession and forces change on how they operate. "It's not acceptable for the prime minister to shirk responsibility for leadership in health care," said McBane.
it is basically true that " the schedules of busy ( good) family physicians are filled and, given physician shortages and increasing patient loads, the limited number of family physicians who are available must use triage approaches and simply cannot see all patients in as timely a manner as they and their patients might hope," but the triage cannot still help them if there is no hospital beds available as is too often the case...
"Over one-quarter of Quebecers do not have a family doctor. That according to a recent poll done for the College of Family Physicians in Canada. Across the country, 5-million Canadians - or 17 percent of the population - are without a family physician"... never mind also access to a real specialists like a cardiologist too? too many family doctors also are solely charge card happy and tend to be still real incompetent when it comes to diagnosing major sickness still too.. I know I have seen 55 doctors now at least.. on top of all that more family doctors will not help if there is still not more Hospital beds.. there is a real shortage of hospital beds as I discovered firsthand staying in the emergency ward last week..