The Human Toll in Health Reform:
The deficiencies and issues that plague the NB Health System, growing for 20 years, have been well discussed in these columns and those of other esteemed columnists. Now we are at the point where, in the judgement of government, serious action is warranted that has a serious impact on people within the system.
We have been hearing much about the over 65,000 New Brunswickers who have no access to effective primary healthcare; and we have heard about the major changes that have taken place in medicine that contribute to what the public believes to be a shortage of physicians. The issues in nursing have been brewing for years and seem to have come to a boil.
Thankfully, amidst the apparent chaos, great care is given every day to people in legitimate need, when they can get to care. Miracles happen every day in Emergency Rooms, OR’s and other key areas of the system.
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.