1 : “Our healthcare system is fraught with non managed personnel waste
I have many times for a decade and more have written that “Our healthcare system is fraught with non managed personnel waste,” That is because Doctors, Nurses, medical professionals, staff in Hospitals are still not managed adequately, left unsupervsied by the too often rather bad, pretentious governments, health ministers now as well. . I can often see proof of this merely by visiting a local Hospital..
The other day at 2. pm in the afternoon I was visiting, the Pointe Claire Hospital, in Quebec, the medical records office.. I there next could not help but notice plenty of internal offices, plenty of additional tables and chairs but still I saw only one person there present , a janitor who was empting the waste paper baskets. When she saw me standing there she went to the first office to talk to someone and next a young lady entered in. At the same time four other persons came behind me also to the records office. Because it all was taking a long time now in dealing with the citizens, next one by one young ladies, about 9 of them next left that same internal office and excused themselves to the receptionist from the office and they left the records office.. the internal office gathering of young ladies was obviously party, a gathering going on in that office. Now I have often seen the same thing occur in provincial, federal, municipal a offices now too.. why is that? Have you not also notice how often the cafeteria, coffee shops are mostly filled with staff during the day as well and much more.
2: For over 30 years, we’ve known of striking differences in the amount of care patients receive and resulting costs depending on where they live. Often, health care is still not based on the best, adequate clinical, medical evidence, medical tests but superficial ones and so it does not lead to the most cost-effective outcome. Many of the tests are pretentious, false charge card excuses. Why is that still acceptable? It is not. Out of sight means out of mind is too often the doctors and nurses approach. http://postedat.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/the-workers-who-complain-that-many-errors-are-caused-by-the-work-overload/
3: We also may have the most expensive system in the world per capita, but we lag behind many developed countries on virtually every health statistic you can name. We’re doing a better job than most on reducing smoking rates, but our obesity epidemic is out of control, our death rate from prostate cancer is only slightly lower and our heart attack patients did no better than the Swedish patients, even though the we got twice as many high-tech treatments
4: The vast majority of medical problems in this country are still due to obesity, poor eating habits, unresolved negative stress, lack of exercise, smoking and drug abuse, including alcohol. Until we address these, we’re just putting only more expensive bandaids. Most experts seem to agree the health care inefficiency results from a healthcare industry that’s focused more on cure than prevention. It strives to treat heart and artery disease, doing little to discourage smoking, encourage healthful diets, exercise and blood pressure maintenance. Hypertension is out of control, is under appreciated by the public as a health problem and is under managed in the current medical system. Of course this is true. Good health maintenance saves extraordinary amounts of money and reduces demand on limited healthcare resources. Just as reducing demand on oil lowers the price of oil, reducing demand for health care services would reduce the cost of health care. The whole idea should not be to treat cancer, diabtes and heart attacks, sickness in the first place but help to prevent it.
5: In reality there now are still to many patients every day who are still seeing 5 specialists, are even on up to 12 daily medications and are next doing poorly because no one is directing their own adequate medical care education, plan, and a dietician too. The emphasis on specialty care has become so great that too few medical students are pursuing careers in primary care to meet our needs. There already is a shortage of money allotted and a shortage of primary care physicians medical personnel in many communities and it next will only get worse over time. Adequate Doctors are only a very small part of the solutions.
6: Clearly eliminate the health care fringes that the politicians, celebrities too often do get. They should stand in the same lines that we are going to be in. If they are treated as special, the rest of us will continue to suffer.
7: I too now do believe by cutting bureaucratic waste at every level, stopping provincial and insurance company greed and their bait and switch game, eliminating ineffective treatments and standardizing effective ones and instituting early preventative care for all, we can create a system we can all live with.
8: Drug producers are far more cancerous in their impact on the costly dysfunctions of the rapidly failing Medical Care system now in place. High cost for one often means high profit for another. Whose pockets are getting overly filled from those high prices? Many good doctors will probably end up in pharmaceutical sales where the big money is. You need to reign in the overwhelming greed driving medical costs, fees. Stop letting them charge what they want. Make them accept fair payments
9: Positive Health care Change are required and the persons who fear change are doomed to join the ever increasing bankruptcy lines.
Why did the visits to the emergency clinic visit double in the last year? Or why does pay for for a 10 minute visit with a local doctor who too often doesn’t know anything about you and couldn’t care less?
Reality, more cops = fewer robbers. Medicare & billing fraud are a huge drain on the precious resources. A relatively small investment in auditors/investigators would be a valuable Return On the Investments AND increase public/political faith in the system.
There still also appears to be no competitive connection between how much the government spends on patients, even in different parts of the country and the actual quality of the care the patients receive. It turns out that servcie quality is all over the map, and it isn’t necessarily better in the places we might expect, such as academic medical centers or the main, large cities. A ongoing review of the actual medical care and related costs , actual effectives is always required.
Medical administrative costs are not only necessary but often really beneficial. For one example -Tracking the rate of heart attacks from drugs such as Avandia, or cough syrups for instance, are key to ensuring safe, better pharmaceuticals.
There still appears to be no connection between how much money spend on patients, or Medicine in different parts of the country and the quality , the actual costs of the products the patients receive next. Pharmacies, pharmaceutical firms are guilty too often still of price fixings even. You are no more likely to pay more for a beta blocker or aspirin in a big city over a small town , even though the purchased volumes are much greater.
The Government almost always over pays for it’s often poor services still. Free health care is a basic human right. And so is the management of it, as well as Prosecution of the wasteful, fraudulent, guilty persons;
What we have in medical care are a bunch of parts that have been thrown together with no initial thought to the greater whole. It’s a a real unacceptable mess, to be sure.
All this is basically Why do I still give a grade of “failure” to our too often lousy medical care system?