Well, here we go again.
A presentation by Hamilton Health Sciences President and CEO Rob MacIsaac about the future of health care in Hamilton has sent up red flags for some Councilors and neighbourhoods.
MacIsaac talked about building another hospital close to Hamilton General and possibly closing one or two of the existing buildings.
At least one Councilor feels that the plan will lead to closures, consolidations and realignments.
That may be true, but it’s a touchy and necessary conservation we need to have.
We need to face the cold reality that there are too many people in hospital beds who should be in long term care facilities or hospice care.
There are too many people in emergency waiting rooms that should be in smaller community clinics where they can be cared for more quickly and efficiently.
And, we need to admit that we don’t do a very good job of looking after ourselves ; too many of us drink too much and smoke too much and eat the wrong foods and that puts way too much pressure on an overburdened health care system.
But most of all, we need to realize that the current health care system is outdated and unsustainable.
Let’s have that community dialogue about what needs to be done.
Change can be difficult, but , change is necessary.