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Architecture of a healthcare system for Canadians
Canada ranks comparatively low in healthcare effectiveness despite relatively high public and private spending. Access to primary care is problematic, emergency department utilization is high, and those departments are crowded providing care in hallways and waiting rooms; if admitted to hospital, patients remain gurney bound for hours and days, and 15-20% of acute care hospital beds are occupied by people no longer requiring acute care, awaiting home, transitional or long-term care. Wait-times for specialty interventions in both pre- and in- pandemic times remain long. Mental health and addictions care is complex and opiate deaths remain in the thousands.

Canada needs a radical restructuring of all elements of care delivery and could benefit from the experience of other jurisdictions that spend less for better outcomes. Dr. Walker will describe further the complex challenges currently faced by patients, families and providers and suggest different approaches for the future.

Sep 29, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David Walker
Professor, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Policy Studies Queen’s University Consultant Staff, Kingston Health Sciences Centre