Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Healthcare Staffing: Canadian Style I spent the last couple of days in Canada and learned some interesting things. Lots of people really do say "eh" and "a boat" (about) It's really a lot colder that far North Vancouver is a beautiful city and has tons of great restaurants Green traffic lights blink for some reason The walk sign (little white light man) is different than the one in the states I also met with a Canadian based company that makes staffing software for hospitals and they gave me some interesting information on healthcare staffing in Canada such as: All hospital census is always at 100%. There are 0 vacancies. The theories as to why were everything from - there is a waiting list for care in Canada and no beds are ever empty to - there are too many, unnecessary for-profit healthcare delivery organizations in the states causing a consistent census gap, mismanagement and poor staffing. All hospitals employees are unionized and the same organizations that run the educational centers for healthcare professionals negotiate on behalf of the unions. All of the hospitals are not for profit and effectively owned by the government. Due to all of this, there is little to no market for healthcare staffing agencies in Canada even though there is still a shortage of healthcare professionals. When polled, consistently, the people of Canada approve of their healthcare system by 80+% The company I met with also makes payroll systems for countries all over the world and claimed that 1) the...
Healthcare Reform & Healthcare Staffing: The Debate Continues When I started my blog I promised myself I wouldn't talk about politics. However, since then, the heatlhcare debate went into full swing. This is an incredibly important issue to me and therefore, hard to ignore. I've blasted out several tweets and written some previous posts on why I think we need reform and what changes healthcare reform will bring to medical staffing. This has put me in the middle of a few debates with some people. This week I spent some time in Canada and wrote a post about how healthcare staffing works with our northern neighbors based on the conversations I had with some people on my trip. Gregg Dourgarian of TempWorks and the staffing blog - Staffing Talk wrote a rebuttal to this post. I was going to comment back on his blog but my response grew past an appropriate length for a comment. Therefore, below is my response to Gregg's post. Of course it's easy to find examples of inefficiently run government healthcare systems as Gregg's post talks about. And yes, there are several stories of unsatisfied Canadian’s coming to the states for care, just as there are several stories of unsatisfied American’s who turn to Canada for care and cheaper medications. But lets be honest, you can also find the same inefficiencies in the private sector. It’s fair to say that both solutions are imperfect. However, according to the stats, the vast majority of Canadian's are satisfied with their system of care. What about the...

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