Sask. man visits ER 150 times in one year: premier
What’s in an anecdote? Well, plenty. Just ask Brad Wall.
According to Wall, a man in his province once visited the emergency room 150 times in one year.
For those firmly in the “best health care system in the world” camp, this is not the news you want to hear.
Surely, Canada’s health care structure, which is largely universal but, hey, don’t kid yourself, hardly 100 per cent subsidized, is as polarizing as issues come in our humble nation.
Overall, we probably agree this is the best way to go. For all its faults, providing health care for those can’t provide it themselves is probably, in the largest, most philosophical, sense, the way to run a society.
But my, many Canadians can’t live with the wait times, both in trying to receive an operation and in the emergency room, where time stands still.
What Wall suggested in his tale this week appears to be a sign of the hypochondriac apocalypse. That is to say, the premier seemed to infer it is because Canadians have such open access to emergency rooms that they frequent them so much. And maybe too much, as some wait times in Canada have recently swelled to the 11 hour mark.
How do you regulate emergency room visits? That’s likely a slippery problem to fix. Deterring ER visits might well scare off people that need to be there, people that may ignore serious maladies that need legitimate, urgent care.
Wall, though, echoes the sentiments of other experts, who suggest Canada should emulate the ER practices of other countries.
“People wait 45 minutes – the emergency rooms are empty – because the triage happens in the waiting room,” the premier tells the CBC. “A team comes out and literally deals with people waiting in the emergency room quickly.” In other words, if someone is legitimately sick or harmed, care for them quick. If they’re not, identify them and get them out of the damn way.
How long have you waited in an emergency room? Does Canada’s health care system need change?
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money