Delivering health care in the Maritimes - what needs to change?
Here's to Your Health: Health care expenditures eat up one-third of the budgets of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. In Nova Scotia, it accounts for 40-percent of all spending. Successive governments have tried to control health care costs, but the best anyone has been able to do is limit the year over year increases in the overall health budget.
Long wait times for high-demand elective surgeries, city emergency rooms packed to the gunnels, regular shutdowns of ERs in hospitals in small rural communties - these are just a few of the problems that plague the health care system. It's a system that's been examined and prodded almost as much as patients themselves.
Dr. Dennis Furlong is a former health minister in New Brunswick, and the author of "Medicare Myths", a book he wrote after leaving politics. Dr Furlong now practices medicine in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. John Ross is an emergency room physician and Nova Scotia's first provincial advisor on Emergency Care. Dr Ross recently released a report on the state of emergency care in that province, which includes significant recommendations for change. We also checked in with the Mayor of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, to find out how that community adjusted after it lost its local emergency room.
We asked: What changes do you want to see in the way health care is delivered in the Maritimes?
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