The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) fully supports the analysis of Alberta's health system provided by the Auditor General in the recently released report Better Healthcare for Albertans.
"This report boldly identifies the underlying issues that are preventing our health system from providing best-quality care to Albertans," says CARNA president Jerry Macdonald. "It is time to center the system on the needs of the patient and make better use of the full knowledge and skills of all health providers. Inter-disciplinary teams have been shown to produce better results for patients at a lower cost to the healthcare system."
The report cites research showing that primary care teams in high performing healthcare systems typically employ three or four non-physicians for each physician. By contrast, even in the province’s primary care network (PCN) program, there is approximately one non-physician for every four physicians.
"Addressing the health system structure issues, implementing payment models that promote closer integration of physicians services, and developing clinical information systems that provide the right information to the right people in the right place and at the right time can be achieved in Alberta but it requires commitment by all stakeholders to make transformational change happen," says Macdonald.
CARNA is the regulatory college and professional association for Alberta's more than 37,000 registered nurses including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners.
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