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  •  I live in Canada (none)
    and under medicare hospitals are to some extent controlled by the provincial government. When we talk about ER situations in BC we blame the government for closing down thousands of chronic care beds. This put an enormous burden on hospitals and surgical beds. We never blame medical staff for ER conditions, as it is obvious they are doing their best in view of the circumstances. Our newspapers are full of stories like mine.

    We have a triage system in ER where patients vital signs are taken before they are even allowed to register which eliminates those who "do not meet the criteria."

    In apologizing for the long waits, staff told me that there were less doctors on duty because it was Easter and walk-in clinics were closed so there were more people. The number of ER doctors on duty is controlled by the head of the hospital, a government appointee. The right wing government wants our system to be inconvenient and difficult in order to force people to use private clinics.
    (sound familiar?)
    Create a crisis and then privatize.

    To thine own self be true - W.S.

    by Agathena on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 12:32:11 PM PST

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