CBCs Fifth Estate. You can watch the full episode here.
Unsurprisingly, the OHA objects.
There were several threads.
1. Hospital ER wait times
2. Mistakes in patient treatment
3. Cause of death: Misidentification or lack of information of cause of death
4. Hospital-acquired superbug infections, and the lack of handwashing and keeping hospitals clean
5. What nurses think of their hospital
6. CEO accountability
What the show demonstrated to me is that hospitals must be accountable. We don't need to resort to litigation to get health care coverage in Canada. We don't need to pay upfront and then apply to a health insurance provider to get our money back. We are entitle to care. Excellent care.
That said, there is no reason why hospitals and CEOs shouldn't be
more transparent and
We should know C-Difficile rates in hospitals. Unfortunately, you cannot always choose your hospital. If you are having surgery, you must go to the hospital at which your surgeon has privileges. I think it debatable whether you can and should choose one in a true emergency.
Yes, there are horror stories about them. As Dr. Brian Goldman says, doctors must admit their mistakes. We shouldn't be shaming them. We should be using the data to improve performance, not punish. Primary Care staff are human and make mistakes. The key is in not making the same mistake twice.
Some hospital are using smartphone apps to keep potential patients informed about wait times.
This, according to one family featured on the show, was a fatal mistake.
Unsurprisingly, the OHA objects:
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