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The Alberta Advantage*: Triage

The big news from Edmonton, this election day. Oy.

Don’t forget to vote today. Please.

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4 Responses

  1. In related news, in the crazy country to your south, un and under-insured patients are being treated by a charitable organization originally formed to help people in the remote Amazon jungle. 60 Minutes covered it last night: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/28/60minutes/main3889496.shtml

  2. This is the problem with worshipping the god of efficiency. The problem with emergency room overcrowding is created by a lack of spare capacity on the wards. There are probably lots of people who need to be moved up to a regular ward to get them out of emergency. But “efficiency” says we can’t have bed use in the hospital at 60% or 80% because it is wasteful. So when we have big rushes in emergency, the system has no give.

    Efficiency is just not always the highest priority. Some systems need a bit of slack to deal with uneven demand.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t heard a politician from any party, inside or outside Alberta, talk like that for a long time. As Ken Livingstone once said “if voting changed anything, they’d abolish it”.

    good luck.

  3. Kris, next it will be Doctors without Borders. Oy. This is where I think the real benefit of a Canadian-style system lies, for the under- and uninsured.

  4. JoVE, you must have commented at the same time I was replying to Kris. Inefficiency is Alberta’s middle name. We’re still dealing with fallout from Ralph Klein’s massive cuts to health care in the early nineties, even though in recent years money has been thrown back at the system (“Look how rich we are! Here, an election is coming, have some money!”). But as with the initial cuts, little thought and less planning were given to either change.

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