Driving to work this morning I heard the whiney one (aka Katy) telling me that Canberra Hospital raked 15th busiest of Australian Public Hospitals…. And that this was a good thing?
Ok, is it just me, or is Canberra small (population wise) in comparison with other major cities in Australia – wouldn’t this then lead you to think that if our largest public hospital is ranking highly as one of the busiest in the nation, then there’s something wrong with healthcare in the ACT? (Nothing against the staff, they’re doing the best they can, but the policy, administration and funding.)
My reading of this claim is that we don’t have enough health care facilities, that people wait until they’re very sick, then present to the hospital.
I was recently directed by an after hours GP to attend casualty. I sat there for seven hours before deciding I’d rather die in my own bed. During this time I watched a waiting room of over 35 patients (not including carers) dwindle to five – not through these patients being treated or admitted, but through walking out due to sheer frustration with the system.
If Canberra Hospital is 15th busiest now – where would it rank if they included all the patients that DON’T get seen?
One would hope that those patients who left either didn’t require emergency care, or were able to seek treatment elsewhere. Either way this leaves me to thinking that there is something wrong with our healthcare system.
Our illustrious Health Minister also went on to quote stats on how our hospital beds per 1000 had increased by 0.1 of a percent (while still being 0.3% below the national average). Maybe if we invested some of the $1 billion allotted to Health on preventative care and additional public health centres, we wouldn’t need the extra beds to begin with.
When will we have a minister focused on a Health Care system not a sick care one?