Caroline Colton’s presentation, to the Public Rally (July 29 2012), on threats to Bulli ED & privatisation fears : “I just can’t get my head around this!” (seen here on Vimeo film) – simply unforgettable & an amazingly insightful analysis.
Caroline, a Save BulliED Co-convenor, showed the state of health facilities in the Northern Illawarra – as it is currently and with various scenarios
– daytime & after hours
– with Bulli Hospital Emergency Department open
– and with the ED replaced by an Urgent Care Centre operating only 8am-8pm
Save Bulli ED representatives had been advised by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District that an Urgent Care Centre would be based around the USA model.
So Caroline set about investigating just what happens in the health system in the USA – from the impressive & huge Texas Health Centre to the Mash style set-ups in sports stadiums. At that point of her presentation, the audience were left open-mouthed, almost in disbelief at what they saw on a video clip of the USA’s RAM (Remote Area Medical) system for the economically disadvantaged. This is a voluntary effort, in cities such as Los Angeles, which was almost overwhelmed by the thousands that turned up.
Caroline also shared how the USA spends more % per capita on health than any other nation, including Australia and yet its health outcomes are no better, in fact even worse than some OECD countries, in terms of life expectancy (see comments on US Health Issues including Public-Private Debate).
After listening to this comprehensive review – the question you have to ask :
Why follow a USA model for Urgent Care Centres when it is widely recognised, across the political spectrum in the USA, that their health system is failing ?
A brilliant presentation which opened our eyes.
We also just can’t get our heads around it either, Caroline !
Also from Caroline – some YouTube clips of the USA RAM – Remote Area Medical programs operating in US sports stadiums :