Throwing Money – North Bay News

You will feel just a little pinch – in your wallet.

Premiers and their health advisers met recently to try to find solutions to Canada’s health problems. At the end of the conference, they decided that Justin should give them more money. More money, it seems, will build more hospitals with more beds, solving what was once known as “hallway” medicine and has now become “waiting room” medicine. . If the answer to our current situation was simply to throw more money into the pot, we could divert taxes away from other services and fix the problem.

Certainly, as our population grows, we need more beds in hospitals or somewhere where we can care for the sick. Perhaps more critical than the number of beds, is the number of doctors, nurses, and staff to effectively run hospitals without exhausting or burning out said staff. Maybe more money will help solve the staffing problem a bit, but the healthcare career isn’t for everyone – and with the stress of pandemics and long hours, the profession has lost a part of its attractive shine.

We Canadians love our health care system, but not everyone wants to pursue a career in medicine. Some of us can’t stand the idea of ​​a needle; others can’t stand the sight of blood; some people find the stress of seeing someone in pain or being uncomfortable too much. Add to that the distressed patient who becomes ballistic and needs restraint, and the number of people seeking treatment decreases even further. Giving them more money might buy them some time, but retirement looks good after long shifts in a stressful environment.

Yes, we like the system, but it’s broken. Premiers think he needs more money. Maybe.

So if pumping more money into health care isn’t working, what do we do? We need to reduce the number of people going to the hospital. We tried telemedicine, and that may have helped a bit; community clinics eased the pressure on the lack of family doctors; allowing pharmacists to dispense pills and potions may have alleviated some of the overload, and the fact that one may have to wait for hours in the waiting room may have deterred some from going to hospital.

However, this is not enough. Not trying to be facetious, but maybe we should heal and fix ourselves – with the help of the internet. Dr. Google can apparently treat millions of patients, not the thousand that a regular family doctor can treat each year. Of course, we all know that you cannot believe everything you read or see on the World Wide Web. But let’s say, for a moment, that you can trust medical sites — those set up by teaching universities, board-certified doctors, well-meaning health-specific sites, and maybe Wiki. Strike that last thought even though there is a wealth of information on Wikipedia. My 12 year old niece says she doesn’t believe Wiki. I think she got that from her teacher.

Either way, the first thing to do when you are sick is to diagnose what is wrong with you or your patient. Write everything down and put it in Dr. Google’s search engine. Don’t be embarrassed, because your privacy is assured until you press “Enter”. Now, using your analytical skills, read everything, looking for diagnostic commonalities in whatever is bothering you. Analytical skills are what you use every day in your decision making. If you’re prone to making bad decisions, ask someone for help — maybe a first cousin who knows a friend who’s a nurse, or the holistic practitioner down the street.

Once you have a satisfactory diagnosis, seek out recommended treatments. Read all the possible side effects of chemical pills and potions. Throw out anything you don’t like or are uncomfortable with, like the one on hourly self-monitoring of your temperature with a rectal thermometer. Do not ignore the advice regarding the consumption of this daily quota of water. Once you have a list of the medications you need, fill out the prescription form. Use the template that looks official enough to convince the pharmacy clerk. Maybe forget the “repeat” box until you test the prescription. You’ve already saved the government thousands of dollars in payroll, avoided piles of paperwork, and maybe even participated in a clinical trial for a new drug.

In the case of broken bones or dislocated joints, sedate or brace the patient first – as they did in the old Duster movies – with a generous dollop of alcohol to relax the patient. If it’s the first time you’ve had a broken finger, be prepared too. Use popsicle sticks and tape to hold the bones in place. You’ve already saved the healthcare system thousands of dollars, not to mention the cost of gas to get to the hospital and the $6.00 parking fee.

If you need to close a small wound, be sure to clean it first with your homemade saline solution (two tablespoons of table salt in 200 ml of tap water). Use your favorite needle and some black thread to make the overlap stitch, then spray the area with one of those new “second skin” products that smell like a doctor’s office and sting a little. You can say “you’ll only feel a little pinch – it’s done” if you want to sound unofficial. You just saved the government $500.00 per stitch – the average hospital cost per stitch in the ER.

To gain confidence in performing your own medical procedures, you should watch one of the Hospital or Med TV shows available on Netflix or Prime. It really is as simple as interns and doctors depicting instant diagnosis and immediate operations in empty operating theaters with viewing galleries. If you decide to use television as an educational tool, skip the sex scenes unless it’s a medical issue for you or your partner.

Kidding aside, we can probably do a lot more to take care of our own health. Dr. Google can educate you or at least give you clues about what might be bothering you. There are, of course, illnesses that require all the professional help you can get, and you should not delay in seeking that help. Maybe throwing money at the healthcare system isn’t the complete answer. Maybe if we knew how to take better care of ourselves, we could reduce wait times, overcrowding and burnout.

Justin and Mrs. Freeland say they have run out of money for health care. You had to know that all that money thrown at Covid was going to come back to haunt us. What to do? What to do?

For now, Dr. Bill’s advice: Take two baby aspirins, pack some lunch, and go to the ER in the morning.

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