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Kootenay MLAs get earful on health care challenges in BC border communities

Rural health care concerns are by far the most prominent topic for residents in the southeast corner of B.C., according to two MLAs who spoke with Regional District of East Kootenay board directors on Friday, Sept. 8.

Columbia River – Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok and Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka both shared the gamut of issues that constituents have been bringing to their respective offices, while also lending their support in advocating RDEK matters to the province during a joint board presentation.

On the health care front, the concerns are many.

Most acute is access to health care in Alberta, as East Kootenay residents are geographically closer to Calgary and Lethbridge as opposed to Kelowna, where there is specialized care, such as radiation therapy for cancer treatment.

“It’s unfair for people in rural B.C. to be travelling 1,000 kilometres over six mountain passes in the dead of winter to get access to health care,” said Tom Shypitka, referencing the challenges of travelling west to Kelowna as opposed to heading east into Alberta.

While some emergency trauma medical services are still provided to BC residents in Alberta, some health care options such as radiation therapy remain closed to BC-based patients in border communities.

Clovechok also noted limited government financial support or reimbursement for Kootenay-based patients who face steep travel and accommodation costs for specialist consultations or procedures in the Okanagan.

Though serving in the opposition ranks as a BC United MLA, Clovechok said he is working on setting up a meeting with Adriana LaGrange, the newly sworn-in Alberta Minister of Health, to discuss the issues around accessing cross-border health care, whether it be cancer treatment or other specialized medical care.

The two MLAs also got an earful about a pending major project at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital Cranbrook.

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  • Challenges and opportunities for primary care and health equity in the age of technology

    There is no doubt primary care plays a vital role in reducing health inequities. Health systems with strong primary care have been shown in multiple studies to lower both the absolute numbers and the gap between people with low and high incomes when it comes to neonatal mortality, babies with low birth weight and deaths from cancer, stroke, heart and lung disease, while increasing life expectancy at the population level.

    Even though health care in Canada is publicly funded, individuals with low incomes too often face barriers when it comes to accessing health-care services, which can adversely impact their overall health. For instance, the life expectancy in Montreal’s poorest neighbourhoods is 10 years shorter than in the richest ones, due to an interplay of unfavourable health determinants, including access barriers to primary-care services that are influenced by cultural, economic and educational factors. For example, recent data from Ontario found that people living in the poorest neighborhoods were the least likely to have a regular family doctor. The COVID-19 pandemic illustrated how low income – and other social determinants of health – coalesced with poor access to services; together these were associated with communities having higher numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

    At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the adoption of virtual care in Canada, leading to major investments by the federal government and the emergence of multiple privately operated virtual-only services, some of which are not part of the publicly funded system.

    But income plays a significant role in virtual care adoption and interest.

    According to the OurCare survey, 69 per cent of individuals with an income of $150,000 or more say that they are not at all or not very willing to use virtual services that charge fees for services they

    Island Health and fitness, province, and Port Hardy, B.C. physician seemingly at odds concerning wellbeing-provider challenges – BC

    B.C.’s Eco-friendly Bash Chief Sonia Furstenau says B.C. desires to pay attention to the fears of front-line health and fitness-care staff from North Vancouver Island and look at choosing health practitioner assistants.

    At a push convention Friday accompanied by neighborhood Dr. Alex Nataros, Furstenau said B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix should listen to healthcare employees.

    “I’m inquiring overall health minister Adrian Dix to acknowledge and identify the systemic place of work problems that are in our health care process,” she mentioned Friday.

    ”They are actual and the situation can’t tolerate any a lot more downplaying.”

    Dr. Nataros, a physician dependent in Port Hardy, has been publicly pushing for health practitioner assistants for the local medical center immediately after months of intermittent closures at the ER section.

    “I am advocating for health practitioner assistants simply because I only have a single established of fingers,” he explained.

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    “Physician assistants are confirmed, evidence-primarily based, culturally secure, and expense-powerful doctor extenders. This product functions, and I will need support in Port Hardy.”

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    Dr. Nataros was recently suspended by Island Overall health from working in the unexpected emergency section. Nataros statements he was suspended as “retaliation” for his community feedback, which include a resignation simply call for Island Health’s vice president — some thing the nearby overall health body denies.

    “I am right here to advocate for my patients for the reason that the stakes are much too significant in our wellness-treatment crisis,” Dr. Nataros reported.

    “Our communities — Port Hardy, Port McNeill, and Inform Bay — have continued to see unexpected emergency area closures and unstable staffing owing

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