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B.C.’s ‘outrageous’ spending on health-care agencies met with outcry

A public outcry has followed a CTV News investigation that revealed the considerable markups private staffing agencies are charging the public health-care system for temporary workers, as health authorities and facilities push back. 

Frontline workers, elected officials, and the general public have expressed shock and frustration at the business model and potential profits to be had: companies lure workers from full-time unionized workplaces with high hourly pay, meals and other expenses covered when working more than 50 kilometres from home, and flexible hours for positions ranging from nurses to care aides to technologists.

The contracts reveal the companies are charging health authorities nearly twice the workers’ unionized wages, representing a markup of 30 per cent or more. 

“To see the actual numbers is quite distressing,” said BC Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau. “Public money, taxpayer money is going into the coffers of private corporations for them to provide the service the public system should be providing.”

BC United opposition health critic, Shirley Bond, suggested “there should be a review of what’s happening when it comes to use of public taxpayer dollars” and what it’s doing to workplace relations between staff paid wildly different rates for the same work.

EFFORTS TO CONTROL COSTS

The 16 contracts obtained after a seven-month freedom of information battle with the Provincial Health Services Authority provide clues to behind-the-scenes haggling to control and standardize the markups. Most of the agreements are nearly identical and all are the current deals in place with B.C.’s health authorities.

When their latest agreement was signed in the fall of 2021, Calian Ltd was only providing nurses to Interior Health and charging a whopping $115 an hour for those workers. An amendment to that contract signed in August 2022 brought that in line with the other agreements, to the $70 per

Province doubles spending on health-care action plan to add more workers

The province is giving its plan to add 2,000 more health-care workers a significant funding boost.

The $200-million plan has now become a nearly $400-million plan as the province says it is adding new incentives and initiatives.

The Health Human Resource Action plan, originally announced in November 2022, aims to end mandated overtime and add 2,000 nurses, doctors, allied health professionals and support staff across the province.

New initiatives will include more opportunities for paramedics in rural and Northern Manitoba to grow in their careers, practice-ready assessment for physicians, supports for internationally educated nurses, and a renewed focus on system and staff wellness.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon says the province has already rolled out a number of successful initiatives for Manitoba nurses as part of the plan.

“We will continue to work with physicians and staff from all levels of the health-care system towards a shared goal of a stronger workforce that provides safe patient, client, and resident care closer to home for all Manitobans,” Gordon said.

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Manitoba Health Coalition Provincial Director Thomas Linner says more spending should mean more staff.

“Today’s announcement purports to double the province’s investment with zero change applied to the number of health care providers sought by the province’s plan, which remains at 2,000,” Linner said in a statement.

“Even this most generous assessment – that the province has committed to paying double to attain the same result – must be caveated with the fact that we are still left with no effective timelines, no baselines and no metrics by which to determine the success or failure of the announced measures.”

Meanwhile, Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

Authorities of Canada highlights spending plan investments to improve general public overall health treatment and aid well being workers

April 6, 2023 | Toronto, Ontario | Health and fitness Canada

By way of Funds 2023—A Built-in-Canada Plan, the Governing administration of Canada is earning investments that will guidance a more robust center class, an affordable economy, and a nutritious upcoming for Canadians. Canada’s economic development was the strongest in the G7 in excess of the final year, and now, 830,000 more Canadians are employed than before the pandemic, together with 361,600 in Ontario.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Psychological Health and Addictions and Affiliate Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors, achieved with overall health professionals at the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Group Health and fitness Centre to emphasize Price range 2023’s investments to strengthen community well being treatment and assistance wellbeing employees across the region.

Moreover, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Wellbeing, the Ministers declared the signature of an agreement with Ontario to carry on to boost entry to household and community care, and mental wellbeing and addictions products and services. By way of this arrangement, Ontario will obtain around $465 million in 2022-23 from the $11 billion, 10-year expenditure created in Spending budget 2017.

To reinforce Canada’s common public health and fitness care program, Finances 2023 highlighted the government’s program to supply shut to $200 billion above 10 decades, which incorporates more than $77 billion to Ontario for timely obtain to a family well being crew or company, a sustainable wellbeing workforce, better accessibility to top quality psychological wellbeing products and services, and making sure clients have accessibility to their possess digital wellbeing data. Aiding Canadians age with dignity, nearer to residence, with access to dwelling care or care in a risk-free extended-phrase treatment facility is another shared priority in which collaborative get the job done

CUPE: Newfoundland and Labrador 2023 Spending plan Ignores Critical Wellness Treatment Employees

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ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland and Labrador — It is distinct that the province is no lengthier in an financial crisis with the government’s launch of its revised figures from 2022-23 of an more $1.5 billion in earnings previous fiscal yr. However, the 2023-24 funds produced nowadays reinvests none of this profits into general public sector workers, leaving employees in Well being Treatment, Libraries, Housing, Transition and Group Properties, and Instruction to have their earnings further more eroded by substantial inflation.

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A personal care assistant who gained $46,293 in April 2020 would have to be earning $51,461 in January 2023 just to continue to keep up with inflation. As an alternative, the government’s system would have that PCA earning $47,218. “Why does the govt assume people today to do the job for much less each and every calendar year? A PCA is building $4,242 much less in 2023 than they did in 2020 owing to inflation,” stated CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador president Sherry Hillier. “This is why we have a retention difficulty. Who would work for less each and every yr?”

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“This finances promised $23 million to Wellbeing Treatment staff, but none will go to vital personnel who are liable for cooking, cleaning, and changing and caring for people. These individuals are leaving the sector since they cannot make finishes satisfy,” claimed Hillier. “Recruitment initiatives are terrific, but they do not necessarily mean everything if we aren’t having to pay men and women what they are worthy of.”

“We’ve been campaigning for elevated investing in general public housing for several years. Now, the federal government promised to invest $17 million to repair service and renovate vacant models,” explained Hillier, “but we have to have to speak about retention all over again. The fact is

Documents clearly show Saskatchewan federal government spending at least $730,000 on non-public health care staffing: CUPE

Documents compiled by CUPE display that the provincial federal government is contracting out operate to personal “staffing solution” corporations in health and fitness care – such as much more than $730,000 for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) in just 1 location of the province.

“This is the completely wrong technique to working with the staffing disaster in healthcare,” said Bashir Jalloh, president of CUPE 5430. “This issue is a mess of the government’s personal producing, and it’s only a single case in point of the contracting out of health care workers that is starting to be a lot more popular across the province. The selecting of non-public contractors is not only costly, but it’s also a short-term band-support option that will do nothing at all to solve the challenges that are causing a scarcity of healthcare employees in Saskatchewan.”

Jalloh reported that the hiring of out-of-province, personal workers is worsening morale between personnel, who are being paid less than private agreement staff carrying out the exact occupation. For case in point, the top of the Continuing Treatment Assistant (CCA) wage scale is $24.84 an hour in Saskatchewan. In the meantime, a job posting for a vacation CCA posted by Gratitude Canada, a firm supplying so-identified as “staffing solutions” for Saskatchewan-based employees, presents a wage scale of $28-$32 per hour, moreover travel, accommodations, and a food allowance. In addition to CCAs and LPNs, private contractors have also been hired for Health care Technologist and Technician and Wellness Info Practitioner positions across the province.

“Imagine you are a CCA who has been functioning for the Saskatchewan Wellness Authority for the previous 5 a long time,” additional Jalloh. “Suddenly you are performing side by facet with somebody from a private firm who is performing the exact same career as you, but receiving paid out

US Leads World in Health-Care Spending Yet Key Health Outcomes Lag, Study Says

(Bloomberg) — The US spends as much as three times more on health care per person as other high-income countries, yet residents are often less likely to visit doctors, according to a report that highlights poor returns for the nation’s large investment.

The pandemic has widened discordances between medical spending and health results in the US and the rest of the world, findings from the Commonwealth Fund study show. The only high-income country that doesn’t guarantee access to health care, the US spent almost 18% of its gross domestic product on health and related services in 2021. 

The report adds to a litany of indicting data from the US, where half of adults are worried about medical costs that sometimes force them to delay or forgo care, according to a recent study, and life expectancy of 77 years ranks 39th among all nations. One glaring problem is that Americans visit the doctor just four times a year, trailing most other wealthy countries, perhaps because of cost and a lack of practicing physicians, the authors said. 

The American health system “can seem designed to discourage people from using services,” they wrote in the report, US Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2022: Accelerating Spending, Worsening Outcomes. “High out-of-pocket costs lead nearly half of working-age adults to skip or delay getting needed care.” 

The US spends $10,687 per person each year on health-care programs and insurance, plus another $1,225 for household out-of-pocket costs, the research found. That compares to less than $4,000 for both components in South Korea, the lowest of 13 countries the group tracked, and just over $7,000 in Germany, the second-biggest spender after the US.

Yet Americans are seen by doctors less than half as often as people in the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Korea, and the US has

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