20 August 2008

As the health care system implodes...

...it becomes clearer and clearer... "You don't need a weatherman..."

In 1987, he and colleagues from Cité de la santé hospital opened Canada's first private computed tomography scan clinic. Long before the private-public debate, this was momentous, but sparked little outcry.

In fact, he stumbled into private practice. As head of radiology at the hospital, he was pushing for a CT scanner but was told that it would take between two and three years for the government to process the request.

Outraged, Dr. Ouellet and others in the department bought the CT scanner and contracted their services to the hospital. The workers compensation board and provincial automobile insurance board also signed contracts.

“Rather than wait six months for a scan at a hospital, we provided them in a couple of days,” Dr. Ouellet said.

"It took five years for the hospital to get a CT scanner, which speaks volumes," he said.
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RELATED: But Dalton promised to fix things...

...didn't he?
Ontario's Liberal government has paid out almost $1 billion to private companies to cover new hospital construction overruns, a coalition of community health organizations said Friday.
Socialism and private enterprise... the oil and water of our modern world.

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7 comments:

Kit said...

This is not surprising..
Public hospitals a awash with waste and bureaucracy.
Our local hospital administration has seven layers of management(not including the provincial Health department. and One layer of direct patient care. Most of the salaried, professionals with benefits are in these management layers and consume the bulk of the pay and wage envelope for the hospital, which is also its biggest expense.
The actual worker, the ones who actually see patients are almost to a "nurse", part time casual workers with no benefits and who are on call all the time.
As a quick check... go to your local hospital and count the cars in the staff parking lot on a week day and then again on the weekend. If its like our hospital it is staggering to actually see who and how many provide 24 and 7 health care.
5 years to get a scanner... they are lucky.

Neo Conservative said...

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"kit says... the ones who actually see patients are almost to a "nurse", part time casual workers with no benefits"

funny, how... with all the advances in information technology... the bureaucracy just seems to mushroom.

something just doesn't smell right.

fewer paper-pushers... more boots on the ground... that'd be a good start.

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Alasdair said...

Having electronic records would save TONNES of time and staff.

That said, in general I don't see an issue with private companies competing for OHIP patients. Many doctors are in private practice doing the same, what's the difference?

Neo Conservative said...

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a friend of mine told me her elderly father had a stroke... and had to wait over 11 months for an appointment with a neurologist.

i know which way she'd vote.

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Rose said...

Quote by Kit: Our local hospital administration has seven layers of management(not including the provincial Health department. and One layer of direct patient care.

Bang on Kit that's the problem with our health care system, the BAers managed to build an entire industry as Admins then they needed admins to administer to those admins and on and on it goes. The amount of waste by so called management is absolutely frightening, when our hospitals were run by doctors and nurses (matrons) we had excellent care and then came those BAers who can't paint but make really really good admins built an entire medical industry or layer that is totally unnecessary.

Cult the admins and we'd see real improvements in healthcare.

Life Insurance Canada said...

As a Toronto life insurance broker dealing health insurance too I am pretty interested in this topic. I believe after new president of the CMA was elected, private segment will gain fresh power! I believe it's really stupid that you can't get health care product you need, even when you are willing to pay for it. If I have to decide between going bankrupt and being dead, I know what I would choose...
Lorne

Neo Conservative said...

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if you can pay for special medical services for a pet... why not for yourself, or a loved one?

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