Friday, April 22, 2011

Care Has Improved

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by Morley Evans

Yesterday, the Regina Leader-Post reported "Care Has Improved."

"Care Has Improved," they say? Really? Doctors offices in Regina answer the phone with "Abusive language will not be tolerated." That is your clue that people are furious. The Canadian medical system is the worst — and the most expensive — in the world. It is run by the service providers (the doctors, nurses, administrators and janitors) not our elected officials. Politicians work for the service providers, not for the people. That is why NOTHING is done about the crimes committed by service providers and the pharmaceutical industry which presides over the pharmaceutical-medical imperium. THEY DO NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE. They don't have to listen to anyone. They can do anything and get away with it. They have lawyers. They have billions. The Saskatchewan Party just rewarded these criminals with a big pay raise. Pouring more money down a rat hole keeps the rats happy; it does not improve care because the system DOES NOT CARE. The abuses of the Canadian medical system are worse than the Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse scandals. The Canadian medical system is a vast criminal empire that has operated with impunity for over a century. START YOUR EDUCATION HERE:

No one asked me anything. None of them answered any of my letters either, so you know this was just another Public Relations job. You cannot believe one word they say.

- Morley Evans

Care Has Improved by Pamela Cowan, Leader-Post staff writer

When Commissioner Tony Dagnone presented Saskatchewan’s Patient First Review in October 2009, cynics expected the latest of many provincial health-care reviews done over the years would gather dust in the health minister’s office.

Not so, Dagnone said Wednesday prior to the opening of the province’s first Health Care Quality Summit in Regina.

“When I look back to the start of that report, there was a lot of cynicism that the report would be put together, handed over to the minister of health and then nothing would happen,” said Dagnone, currently a health-care advisor for Pacific & Western Bank of Canada and the former head of Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital for 25 years. “Well guess what? A great deal has happened.” As a result, Dagnone told summit delegates that Saskatchewan is on its way to being the benchmark for quality improvement in Canada’s healthcare system.

“Once again, Saskatchewan can take a leadership role when it comes to delivering timely, quality health care,” he said. “That’s important to every person that lives in this province. In the past, that’s not always been there, but I think we’re seeing a lot of evidence that this is what is going on.”

His review of the province’s healthcare system gathered input from more than 4,000 residents and hundreds of health-care providers.

“They spoke volumes about wanting changes to the system that was more responsive to their needs,” Dagnone said.

He responded by making 16 recommendations to “make changes that would restore care into medicare.”

One recommendation called for an aggressive, multi-year strategy to improve the surgical experience for patients.

“The government of Saskatchewan has invested tens of millions of dollars in trying to get rid of those unacceptable wait times,” Dagnone said. “Bravo for them. They have really tackled that in a very determined way.”

The government, health regions and health-care workers share the credit for the improvements, he said.

“As I look at medicare across Canada, I think medicare has reached a tipping point in the sense that people are weary of the performance of the health-care system,” Dagnone said. “We have to do things now to prove to the public that we’re making good use of the dollars.”

But, he acknowledged, more work remains.

Despite his recommendation that the health system address the inappropriate use of emergency rooms by developing urban urgent care centres, patients continue to be treated in the hallways of jammed emergency room departments.

“Every hospital across Canada is experiencing huge, huge wait times in emergency departments,” Dagnone said. “I think the emergency department has now become the focus of a lot of effort and sweat to try to improve it.”

He said emergency room problems begin in the community.

“If there aren’t alternatives in the community like walk-in clinics that have 18-hour or 20-hour service, then where does a mother with her sick child go at 11 o’clock at night? They make their way to the emergency department. But I think that there are many initiatives going on right now that will eventually improve that situation.”

Dagnone believes Canadians want publicly funded health-care systems, but that doesn’t mean all services should be provided through that system.

“If the public system does not have the capacity, then I give full marks to those governments who have said, ‘We have to serve those patients,’ ” Dagnone said.

“Therefore, if we can reach out to qualified, independent providers, whether it’s radiology, whether it’s surgery, we want to serve those patients. Nothing is violated by that because there is no exchange of dollars between the person providing the care and the person receiving the care.”

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