Change needed in how we op­er­ate

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The re­cently an­nounced spe­cial war­rant spend­ing on Health P.E.I. of over $21 mil­lion, has me ask­ing is there a bet­ter way? How can P.E.I. live within its fi­nan­cial means while still pro­vid­ing the care Is­lan­ders need to stay healthy?

If we take a dif­fer­ent ap­proach and be­come proac­tive rather than re­ac­tive, we can save mil­lions and Is­lan­ders’ lives. We have peo­ple wait­ing months for ul­tra­sounds or other tests, when spe­cially set up com­mu­nity ul­tra­sound/lab test­ing of­fices, much like what is done for pap smear test­ing, could re­duce wait times, in­creased com­mu­nity jobs, re­duced ER costs, and pre­vent frus­tra­tion of physi­cians in try­ing to ob­tain the best care for their pa­tients.

Would this elim­i­nate waits that can ul­ti­mately turn into emer­gency care sit­u­a­tions while build­ing com­mu­nity/ru­ral care?

Drug care costs are be­com­ing a huge cost to gov­ern­ment “generic drug pro­gram and the cat­a­strophic drug pro­gram saw an in­crease of 4,000 more clients, lead­ing to higher costs for gov­ern­ment.” A P.E.I. Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence to guide health pro­fes­sion­als in ad­vis­ing their pa­tients - re­search/ best prac­tices on pre­ven­ta­tive so­lu­tions to chronic dis­eases.

P.E.I. Is for­tu­nate to have a lo­cal man­u­fac­turer of vi­ta­mins and if vi­ta­min de­fi­ciency cor­rected can al­le­vi­ate some chronic con­di­tions shouldn’t we look into it? Vi­ta­mins vs. drugs or pen­nies a day ver­sus dol­lars a day could save money and lives lived with chronic dis­ease.

We have over­worked physi­cians, frus­trated Is­lan­ders, and in­creased sick care costs, maybe we need a change in how we op­er­ate.

Tracey Allen,

Cove­head

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