In the UK in 2002, colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists came up with guidelines recommending when colonoscopy needed to be done. When the characteristics of patients on the waiting list for colonoscopy in one district hospital were examined, only 24% were kept on the waiting list. As a result of implementing the guidelines, waiting times for diagnostic colonoscopy fell from 12 to 4 weeks for urgent and from 40 to 15 weeks for routine referrals.
A. Shoaib, A Hamade, A Zia, PS Basnyat and N. Taffinder. “Why wait for a colonoscopy? An easy cure.” Colorectal Disease. 2005: 8, 480-483.
The inconsistencies of Canadian healthcare
I spent my life teaching actuarial science at a university. As a result, I calculated lots of numbers: averages, expected values, variances. But, they were only numbers. What I didn’t see was the individual human story behind each calculation.
Is it fair to make a public appeal for a live organ donor?
The public response to the appeal on behalf of Eugene Melnyk, owner of the Ottawa Senators hockey team, for a liver donor has been a heart-warming demonstration of the generosity of our community. Fortunately, a donor was found and the transplant was performed in time to save his life.
How to eliminate MRI wait lists in the public health system
Value for money appears to be finally getting the attention it merits as Alberta’s new health minister, Stephen Mandel, takes the reins of the portfolio that is close to consuming 50% of the province’s operating budget.
Patient-centred healthcare could reduce wait times and improve the Canadian health system
Overcrowded EDs, stressed staff and concerns about patient safety are problems witnessed more often than any health care professional would wish. How to prevent this chaos?