Trouble for the health-care system
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