In the UK in 2002, colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists came up with guidelines recommending when colonoscopy needed to be done. When the characteristics of patients on the waiting list for colonoscopy in one district hospital were examined, only 24% were kept on the waiting list. As a result of implementing the guidelines, waiting times for diagnostic colonoscopy fell from 12 to 4 weeks for urgent and from 40 to 15 weeks for routine referrals.
A. Shoaib, A Hamade, A Zia, PS Basnyat and N. Taffinder. “Why wait for a colonoscopy? An easy cure.” Colorectal Disease. 2005: 8, 480-483.
When more beds aren’t enough
Alberta’s provincial health authority has recently come under fire by opposition party MLAs and activists alike for closing 77 Calgary long-term care beds damaged by the June floods. The angry reaction demonstrates the common misperception that a shortage of beds is the major cause of persistent waiting lists for long-term care.
What’s wrong with hospital rankings?
The CBC's Fifth Estate recently produced an investigation on the quality of hospitals in Canada – “Rate My Hospital” – which has been enormously popular and set off discussions across the country about the need to improve our hospital services.
How the federal government plans to end homelessness
Something largely overlooked by wide media coverage of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2013 was that it marked a significant change in the way we will tackle homelessness in this country.
Linking hospital quality to payment
For several decades, the amount of funding that Ontario’s hospitals receive each year has been based more or less on the funding they received the previous year, regardless of their patients or their performance.