A Week of Ontario Healthcare News
Posted by Steve Jones
Sun, Nov 2, 2014
Ontario Healthcare & Home Care News
Here are some highlights in the news this weeks about our healthcare system. Sometimes its not only what you know but who you know and when you know that matters.
Safety inspections find 13% of private clinics dont meet provincial standards
Some 3.6% of private clinics failed inspections entirely since the provincial standards checks began in 2011.
The vaccination gap: Who is up to date with shots and how do we know?
Confusion, lack of electronic registry, leave gaps in immunization records and expose the unprotected.
Canada wont issue visas to residents of countries with widespread Ebola
Canada is following in Australias footsteps and has closed its doors, effectively immediately, to people from the West African countries battling Ebola.
In a move that puts Canada at odds with the World Health Organization, the federal government said Friday it is suspending the issuance of visas for residents and nationals of countries with widespread and persistent-intense transmission of Ebola virus disease. As well, work on permanent residence applications for people from the affected countries is also being suspended.
Early flu outbreaks hit seniors care homes
Seven outbreaks of influenza in Metro Vancouver long-term care homes mark an unusually early start to the flu season, a spokesman for the BC Centre for Disease Control said Friday.
Thats not a good sign, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski.
Its weekly update on communicable illnesses noted low-level influenza is above historical averages for the third week in a row. Most flu cases have been in people over 65 and the predominant type of virus is A H3N2 which is also the strain found in outbreaks reported in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
New hospital funding model ‘a shot in the dark,’ McMaster study says
Review of ‘activity-based funding’ hospital funding model around the world shows uncertainty.
A new funding model coming to Ontario hospitals is a “wild card” that could create serious unintended consequences, say McMaster University researchers involved in a sweeping new study.
The study focuses on a hospital funding approach gaining popularity, and that the Ministry of Health wants to implement here. It would institute new incentives for hospitals to decrease wait times and increase efficiency.
That approach, called “activity-based funding”, would grant hospitals a predetermined flat fee for providing an “episode of care” to a patient, like an appendectomy, childbirth or pneumonia. That fixed fee is granted “regardless of length of stay or actual resources used,” according to a definition in the study.