Cost of COVID-19 Hospital Admissions among People with Private Health Coverage

In addition to its devastating health toll, COVID-19 can also lead to significant financial costs for people needing treatment and for public and private payers. This analysis examines the cost of COVID-19 treatment for inpatient care among people with health coverage through large employers. It finds that in 2020, COVID-19 hospitalizations cost an average of … Read more

Hospital waiting lists in England hit record highs | The Citizen

The number of people waiting to receive treatment in England’s state-run health service has hit at an all-time high of 7.1 million people, official figures showed Thursday. Struggling to clear backlogs from the pandemic, the National Health Service (NHS) is recording long waits for tests — including for cancer — and routine and emergency care. … Read more

N.S. mom says she had to ‘beg’ for care while giving birth at IWK hospital |

Meghan MacDonald thought she was well-prepared for the birth of her first child. She and her husband attended classes, did the research, and were highly anticipating the arrival of their bundle of joy. But she says when she arrived at Halifax’s IWK Health Centre early one morning in July after her water broke, what was … Read more

Canadian governments must fix health-care crisis, workers and advocates urge – National |

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted November 4, 2022 9:52 am Descrease article font size Increase article font size Associations representing Canada’s doctors, nurses and health organizations are calling on governments to work together to solve the health-care crisis that is affecting people across the country. The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association and … Read more

Montreal hospital may remove boy’s breathing tube despite parents’ objection: court |

A Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled that a Montreal children’s hospital can permanently remove a breathing tube from a five-year-old who has been in a coma since June. The Sainte-Justine hospital sued the child’s parents because they are refusing to consent to the procedure unless the hospital plans to reintubate the child if things … Read more

Quebec sets up crisis management team as Montreal hospital ERs face overcrowding |

The Quebec government is creating crisis management team to manage extreme overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms in Montreal. Health Minister Christian Dubé made the announcement Wednesday at the provincial legislature, saying the current situation is “unacceptable.” The team will include the CEOs of local health authorities across the city. “I won’t tell you the additional … Read more

End of 50-50 hospital funding deal with states to have ‘devastating’ impact, Australia’s peak bodies say

The Albanese government’s decision to allow a 50-50 Covid-related health funding deal with the states to expire will have a “devastating” impact on hospitals, Australia’s peak medical bodies say. And those at the coalface warn burnout among medical professionals has reached the point that the country’s medical system may never return to its pre-pandemic state. … Read more

Soaring RSV rates in parts of Quebec lead national cases, strain hospital staff |

Soaring cases of respiratory syncytial virus in Quebec have pushed the positivity rate to 15 per cent in Montreal and Quebec City. Weekly provincial surveillance data show positivity rates of the childhood illness hover near 14 per cent provincewide, with slightly higher rates in the two cities and wide variation among smaller communities. It’s several … Read more

Montreal Children’s Hospital looks to future with wireless vital sign technology |

The future is near at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Medical experts are testing smart hospital technology. Wireless vital signs monitors are being tested in the neonatal intensive care unit. Every year at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, close to 900 newborns and premature babies depend on wired vital-sign monitors to survive. The monitors measure heart rate, … Read more

Kempton Park Hospital: Abandoned hospital a hive of paranormal activity | The Citizen

A group of ghost hunters who often visit the gutted Kempton Park Hospital claim it has the most paranormal activity and report seeing shadows and doctor’s figures during tours. The hospital closed its doors the day after Christmas in 1997, apparently due to under-utilisation, and since then it’s been an object of curiosity. Rivas Bright, … Read more