More than money needed to fix health care 0
Once again the government - this time the provincial one - unveiled a plan to help our beleaguered health care system.
Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced steps that would "protect universal health care".
The goals sound impressive: "better value, better health services, and healthier Manitobans".
They are also continuing efforts to provide every Manitoban with access to a family doctor.
And so far it appears - on paper at least - that they've had some success with 500 more physicians and 3,000 more nurses as compared to when the NDP came to power in 1999.
They also cite that reducing the number of RHAs will further reduce costs.
But like any plans or announcements the bottom line is results.
Providing a solid health care system has been a major problem not only for this government but its predecessors and other governments across the country.
Adding to the problems and concerns is the fact we have an aging baby boomer population that as a natural progression with aging, will increase the demand on health care services.
Focusing on areas such as increasing physical activity, eating healthier and basically practicing prevention are valid and important steps to help deal with the growing demand.
Let's hope they also focus on spending our health care dollars wisely. Instead of just throwing money at the problem, finding viable long-term solutions along with adding funding is one way to improve the situation.
It doesn't make sense to double the wage of a health care worker while not addressing the problem of being short-staffed and overworked.
While extra money is no doubt welcomed, the joy over getting more money fades if they continue to be overworked.
And that's why the most important aspect or bottom line for success involves the goal of adding more doctors and nurses and other medical professionals, to share what will be a growing workload.
More workers to deal with the added workload is one way to treat what has been an ailing health care system.
-- Gene Still