Funding boost effective in growing number of hip, knee surgeries, task force says3 minute read Monday, May. 15, 2023
The number of hip and knee procedures increased slightly last year in Manitoba, owing in part to new same-day surgery programs and a boost in spending, Health Minister Audrey Gordon said Monday.
Gordon was in Winkler, located about 120 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg, to provide an update on the diagnostic and surgical recovery task force progress on orthopedic surgeries.
The minister said Boundary Trails Health Centre was able to complete 139 more hip and knee replacements in the 2022-23 fiscal year than the 600 procedures initially planned.
The boost in operating volumes was attributed to a program introduced about six months ago that allows patients to recover at home after being discharged the same day as their surgery. About half of the procedures completed at the hospital located between Morden and Winkler were considered “same day.”
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Manitoba touts health hires, but refuses to reveal departures, vacancies3 minute read Preview Thursday, May. 4, 2023
Manitoba hospitals to collect race data as of May 111 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 3, 2023
Manitoba hospitals will become the first in Canada to collect data about patients’ race.
As of May 11, patients at hospitals and health centres will be asked during registration if they want to self-declare their race. The information is voluntary and patients can decline.
“During registration at a Manitoba hospital, patients will be asked to self-identify and choose from a list of Indigenous identities such as First Nations Status, Inuit or Métis, or other identities such as Black, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern or white. The information is protected in the same way as an individual’s personal health information. Self-declaring is voluntary and the information provided will not impact how care is provided,” Shared Health stated in a news release Wednesday.
The project, led by Dr. Marcia Anderson at Ongomiizwin, the Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, was announced in early February.
Province tabs $3M for seniors home modification grants, supportive housing4 minute read Preview Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023
Province expands post-surgery outpatient hip, knee physiotherapy access2 minute read Preview Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2023
Pandemic-era babies falling behind on immunizations3 minute read Preview Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2023
Babies born during the COVID-19 pandemic may not be up to date with their recommended immunization schedules, according to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
To slim down sustainably and boost health and fitness, you can’t rely solely on any weight-loss drug, no matter how highly-hyped6 minute read Preview Saturday, Mar. 18, 2023
Spouse of dying woman angry he had to go to media to get home care5 minute read Preview Friday, Feb. 17, 2023
Pilot program offers bonuses to family doctors to expand hours of practice5 minute read Preview Monday, Feb. 13, 2023
No interest in ‘watering down’ LTC standards to meet national ones: Ontario minister4 minute read Preview Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023
TORONTO - Ontario will take a look at new national standards for long-term care, the minister responsible for the sector said Tuesday, but wouldn't want to "water down" what the province is already doing to improve care.
The Health Standards Organization released updated standards Tuesday, including that residents should get at least four hours of direct care every day and that staff receive adequate, and competitive compensation.
Ontario Long-Term Care Minister Paul Calandra noted that the province has already legislated a goal of an average of four hours of direct care per resident per day by 2025.
"I'm going to take a look at the federal standards," he said after making an announcement aimed at speeding up diagnostic testing for long-term care residents.
Boy who got new heart inspires tribe to boost organ donation6 minute read Preview Monday, Dec. 19, 2022
‘Perfect storm’ of inflation, high prices driving more into homelessness: advocates4 minute read Preview Monday, Dec. 19, 2022
New N.B. law allows supported decision-making for intellectually disabled residents4 minute read Preview Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
ALS patients contend with $158K price tag on new drug6 minute read Preview Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years, Becky Mourey pushed the Food and Drug Administration to approve an experimental drug for her Lou Gehrig’s disease.
She went to members of Congress and health regulators to make the case for Relyvrio, until patient-advocates finally prevailed.
In September, Relyvrio became only the third drug approved in the U.S. for ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurodegenerative disease that is usually fatal within five years. But patients and physicians who celebrated Relyvrio's approval several months ago are now contending with the obstacles posed by the U.S. health care system.
Their odyssey is an object lesson in the soaring cost of specialty drugs and the byzantine systems that insurers have created to try and control them.