Recently on the news I heard that Canadian premiers plan to band together to bulk buy generic drugs. Great idea.
According to the report, the cost difference between here and in the U.S. is considerable. Should the proposal actually get past political prattling and achieve savings of half the difference I’ll be impressed.
Should our cost be lowered beyond that I’ll be surprised and perhaps be prepared to revaluate my naysayer attitude toward political pledges, even if only modestly.
Given measurable success in that venture, rather than, as in the past, just throwing more money at the Canadian health delivery system, a group should be formed to delve deeply into other system processes in search of pooling or other tangible savings.
Staffing costs are notable and worth evaluation, in particular those within the system’s layered hierarchy.
As for frontline folk I’ve met in hospital, those usually first targeted for such reductions, I’ve found them to be pleasant, effective and worthy of every dime they’re paid.