The Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester hosted the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Western District on June 6. Following the business portion of the meeting (see elsewhere in this issue), the municipalities were joined by a panel of clinicians and health system leaders to speak about the transformation of our province’s health care system and Shared Health.
Shared Health was created in 2018 as part of Manitoba’s broader Health System Transformationand leads the planning and coordinating of integrated, patient-centred clinical and preventive services across Manitoba.
Dr. Brock Wright, CEO of Shared Health was the main speaker. He shared that he had been a medical student in Deloraine 30 years ago.
“Healthcare has really changed since Manitoba’s current healthcare was established. That system was designed and built in the 1950’s.” For example today when a person has a stroke, 911 is called and qualified paramedics can diagnose and initiate treatment immediately if needed. The population has also changed, people are living longer, there’s a greater proportion of older people with lots of chronic disease. “Care for them can and should be provided at a local level,” added Wright.
Currently, Manitoba has the longest wait times for hip/knee replacement, cataract surgery and other treatments. $6.5 billion is spent on healthcare in Manitoba — out of a $13 billion provincial budget — that’s almost 50% of the total budget spent on healthcare. Manitoba has a complicated healthcare system. We’ve never had a provincial plan on how to deliver health services.”
“In Canada, mental health and addictions are 5-6% of the federal budget. There needs to be more investment into these areas,” suggested Wright.
Shared Health is leading the development of a Provincial Clinical and Preventive Services Plan. 300 clinical leaders from communities across Manitoba are participating in the work. Presentations have been taking place across the province to provide information and gather feedback from regional health authorities, health care providers, and community as work continues on a plan that will ensure the health needs of Manitobans are fulfilled compassionately, effectively and as close to home as possible.
In Manitoba there are 70 ERs, 19 are on suspension and 16 take turns being open. “The clinical plan is working toward a Network of Care:
• L —Local
• D — District Health Hub
• I – Intermediate Referral Hub
• P — Provincial Referral Hub
1. Enhance local capacity
2. Increase access to specialized care
3. Build care closer to home
4. Provincial practice improvements
5. Effective chronic condition management
Another important component will ensure local health care providers are able to access atrained, supportive and knowledgeable ER doctor by phone 24/7 for assistance and advice related to the care of more complex patients.
Those in attendance formed smaller groups to hear the panel members speak at various stations. The presenters welcomed questions and there was a lot of productive discussion. To learn more about Shared Health go to http://www.sharedhealthmb.ca. You can find the information presented at the meeting along with more in-depth explanations about the Network of Care (LDIP) and much more at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/clinical-planning.
Ralph Groening, AMM president gave closing remarks to wrap up a very informative day.