Monday, February 23, 2009

cuts to nursing

The Ontario government gives and it takes away. Yesterday's post, and Feb. 19th news, was a grand announcement of new health clinics staffed by Nurse Practitioners, a laudable addition to a triage in health care, especially in remote locations where doctors are scarce.

On Feb. 19 Ontario Health Minister David Caplan set targets for minor health cases and the more "complex conditions" emergency rooms face.

Today, we read that Ontario Nurses' Association Launches a Television Ad Campaign ...
In a move to cut health care costs, hospitals are cutting back nursing hours. What is the solution to the high cost of health care? I cannot think that this is it...

Prevention is the key. We know that those living in poverty are at a higher risk of health issues. Yet the poor get poorer and sicker. See: The real cost of poverty in 20 Nov 2008... For instance, this study estimates that Ontario pays $2.9 billion a year on poverty-related health care. Education, prevention, treatment and cure.

A recent report, based on 2002 data, suggests that across the board, all ages are visiting health care professionals more. This Toronto Star article says that while costs rise $76 billion, it isn't the Silver Tsunami, as has been predicted, that is to blame. A new health Council of Canada Web site, Canada Values Health.ca, features a blog, discussions and podcasts.

Recovery rooms are the barrier to having elective surgery. ALC patients, those needing beds on alternate institutions, are bed blockers who need less than a hospital, but more than home care. For those able to be sent home, family, friends and neighbours provide support, while CCAC give a few hours a day, week or month. There is a CCAC locator page for Ontarians. They can provide supports for frail and ailing adults.

Be sure you know how to access help. Check with various agencies using the 211ontario.ca website for help.

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