Daily Archives: January 28, 2009

Alberta Healthcare really needs to be improved…

…because:

  1. You’re impressed that you get a room in less than an hour (the crazy person’s room – go figure) and the ER doctor actually comes and talks to you.
  2. You’re really impressed that you’re in an out of emergency in 6 hours even though you found out there is nothing else that you can do that you haven’t already done to prevent another episode.
  3. That the nurse was shocked that you got an appointment with a  psychiatrist in less than two months.
  4. After the 6 hours, you still didn’t see the on call psychiatrist.
  5. That there is a poster in the waiting room saying: “In a room or in the hallway – your treatment and care is first to us.” But why should people be treated in a hallway?

I know I shouldn’t complain as we have universal health care, but there are so many ways it could be improved. Some ways that I can think of:

  1. Have nurse practitioners in clinics – it allows the doctors to do things that can’t be diagnosed from an untrained eye. (ie. sinus infections, shots, stitches, colds, broken arms, etc.)
  2. Have a walk-in clinic at hospitals, so people without a GP aren’t taking up space in the emergency waiting room.
  3. Put extended care patients in an extended care centre so they aren’t taking up valuable resources.

At least Americans, if they  have money, can get the treatment they need when they need it. If I were more serious, I would definitely go down to the Mayo Clinic.

What are your thoughts on healthcare?

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