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Government bid to cut hospital waiting times fails. Patients requiring hospital treatment in Norway have to wait longer despite governmental measures to cut the queues. One of the Coalition’s most important health policies is proving to be a political wound that won’t heal. “I lay on the operating table for over an hour, but the doctor finally came back and said they didn’t have time for me anyway, “ 67-year-old Jan Henrik Ringen, who’s been waiting for a prostate operation since April, tells Aftenposten. Waiting-times for scheduled procedures increased by 37 days last year, whilst it took 50 days on average for outpatients.

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Government bid to cut hospital waiting times fails

Published on Wednesday, 1st September, 2010 at 16:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st September 2010 at 19:59.

Patients requiring hospital treatment in Norway have to wait longer despite governmental measures to cut the queues. One of the Coalition’s most important health policies is proving to be a political wound that won’t heal.

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A Stethoscope
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Concerned

“I lay on the operating table for over an hour, but the doctor finally came back and said they didn’t have time for me anyway, “ 67-year-old Jan Henrik Ringen, who’s been waiting for a prostate operation since April, tells Aftenposten.

Waiting-times for scheduled procedures increased by 37 days last year, whilst it took 50 days on average for outpatients.

Today’s report released by the Directorate of Health worries both Labour’s (Ap) Minister of Health Anne-Grethe Strøm-Erichsen and Bjørn-Inge Larsen, head of the Directorate.

“When it comes to specialist healthcare, the most unsettling trend is that waiting-times continue to increase, and priority patients are having to wait almost as long as everyone else,” says Larsen.

“We’re treating an increasing number of patients, but it’s worrying when waiting-times are going the same way,” Strøm-Erichsen says.

Pro-competitive

Over 260,000 are in the patient queue. Siv Jensen, leader of the Progress Party (FrP), believes the market could benefit from some commercialism.

“It is unfortunate that present government is sticking to a monopoly. We know that monopolies create queues, and the only way to solve the current situation is to invite the private sector in. This will create more competition,” she tells The Foreigner.

Jensen claims today’s system is reminiscent of the former Soviet Socialist Republic, and claims a change would be beneficial.

“We’ve seen that the lives of people have improved in every country that has gone from communism to a market economy.”

Remedy

The Health Minister acknowledges something must be done, and has already started looking in to the matter.

“We’ve demanded that the regional healthcare authorities reduce waiting-times, and I’m expecting monthly reports,” says Anne-Grethe Strøm-Erichsen in a press release.




Published on Wednesday, 1st September, 2010 at 16:55 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st September 2010 at 19:59.

This post has the following tags: hospitals, healthcare, patients, waiting-times, queues, priority, government, policy, failures, directorate, health, minister, anne-grethe, stroem-erichsen, bjoern-inge, larsen.





  
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