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Chris Smith

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 06:44

Stephen - thank you for so eloquently describing the current situation affecting acute care hospitals (and, from other posts here, our related inpatient facilities), regarding the growing ALC population. The biggest challenge is realizing that the Hospitals and various Departments cannot manage this problem alone.The Province has to make some changes going forward or things truly will grind to a halt. Educating the public about this issue is crucial but poverty is a huge barrier for many patients. Caring for the frail elderly is an expensive business. One of my residents today told me of a newspaper story he'd read where a patient figured out it was cheaper to stay on permanent cruises (with private accommodation/meals/entertainment/access to a physician&nurse) rather than pay for a retirement home! I believe the public in general does not fully understand the complexities and consequences you described above. Those of us working on the front lines know what is coming but we need to make the public in general aware so they can help pressure the politicians to develop a realistic health strategy going forward that has to include better plans for looking after dependent medically complex frail patients. Open discussion and publicizing the problem is a start.

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