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Province needs to look at evidence around hospital mergers

Murray Martin should change his name to Dr. Doom.

Now in retirement, the former CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences is full of swagger about tough choices for health care, suggesting rising interest rates would pressure the government into making big cuts if they don’t make significant adjustments now.

Never mind that the Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate of 1 per cent has not budged since 2010. Changing interest rates also take considerable time to work through the system before they impact the rate the government pays on its bond debt. It’s not like the sky is about to fall.

Speaking at a Longwood’s speaker series earlier this week, the Toronto Star reports Martin as promoting BC’s approach – “we are going to make this change, you’ve got three options and if you don’t like any of them that’s too bad.”

Whatever happened to evidence-based decision-making?

Martin wildly believes the province should force more hospital mergers to find savings — this just days after the Scarborough-Rouge Valley hospital merger came to a screeching halt over the high cost of such a merger.

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Health Links attract huge audience at HealthAchieve

There was a kind of sliding sound and then a rattle as a woman fell to the floor during Tuesday afternoon’s session of the Ontario Hospital Association’s HealthAchieve. When someone asked if there was a doctor or nurse in the house, a variety of arms shot up. We could have probably added a few allied health professionals too should the distressed conference attendee also need a lab test or an x-ray.

If you are going to pass out, this was the place to be.

Each year the OHA features a number of well-attended “candy” sessions that do more to inspire than really inform, often involving high-profile individuals. This was not one of them.

In fact the five panelists joked about whom the big crowd had come out to see.

There is great curiosity about the province’s new Health Links. As one person told me, the session attendance is in inverse proportion to how much knowledge there is about the subject. Given the crowded standing-room only audience that was driving up the room temperature, many wanted to know more.

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