Steve Lurie’s letter to the Globe and Mail in reference to the article, ” Hospital overcrowding has become the norm in Ontario, figures show,” published May 21, 2017
The reason that hospitals like LHSC have psychiatric bed occupancy rates well over 100% is that we have failed to design the system to focus on early intervention and rapid access to services. For example Hamilton, which has had psychiatric services integrated with primary health care for over 25 years, is able to ensure rapid access to mental health care and avoid sending people to hospital because no other option exists. We need to scale up shared care programs like Hamilton has and increase access to psychotherapy. The Ontario government should outline their plans for this now. Increasing hospital funding but not adding substantially to increasing community capacity is a step in the wrong direction.
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