Trou­ble for the health-care sys­tem

The Compass - - Editorial -

It has taken me a week or two to di­gest this in­for­ma­tion that I hope the gen­eral pub­lic has also di­gested, by now, for their own health and wel­fare.

I’ve know about it for quite some time but at least now it’s be­com­ing pub­lic knowl­edge. In an in­ter­view with Dr. Pat Par­frey in The Tele­gram, he dis­closed the amount of CT scans that New­found­land and Labrador has per­formed, over 200,000, which, he said, is 100,000 more than any other place in Canada, and he in­di­cated that most of these are un­nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures.

I’ve learned that the ra­di­a­tion from one CT scan is equal to the ra­di­a­tion of 500 chest x-rays. Mind bog­gling, isn’t it? Ra­di­a­tion does not leave the body, it stores it up, and at what health ex­pense?

My late hus­band was in this field of ex­per­tise in the mil­i­tary and he in­formed me years ago of what ex­ces­sive ra­di­a­tion can do to a per­son’s over­all health.

Dr. Par­frey in­di­cated this is a se­ri­ous prob­lem in New­found­land and Labrador and has to be looked into and dealt with ASAP.

An­other fact of course, is where our tax money is go­ing to pay for all these un­nec­es­sary CT scans, and yet the health de­part­ment is com­plain­ing about ex­penses and in dire need of more funds. This I’d call an oxy­moron, wouldn’t you?

The other item of con­cern was an in­ter­view with Dr. Debbie Kelly where she in­di­cated there’s an overuse of med­i­ca­tion with se­niors — so much so that un­nec­es­sary pre­scrip­tions are given to many se­niors and we are caus­ing other ar­eas of prob­lems, like fall­ing, thereby re­quir­ing more med­i­cal at­ten­tion and a strain on our health sys­tem. An­other oxy­moron.

We must be re­spon­si­ble for our own health. a lo­cal doc­tor once told me, or have a very con­cerned fam­ily mem­ber or friend to as­sist us.

— Joy French-Cole­man writes from Har­bour Grace

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