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Appropriate care for various needs

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About a month ago I got that call every parent dreads — from my daughter’s school in the middle of the day. Sure enough, my youngest daughter (triplets keep track of who’s the oldest too!) had gone over on her ankle in gym class and it wasn’t looking good.

I figured the Pan Am Clinic was our best choice for a sports injury, found a spare wheelchair and waited for our assessment. The clinic was just trying out a new assessment system and things went very smoothly for us that day.

From the time I received the call from school, saw the doctor and got fitted for a brace we were back home within two hours.

Admittedly one isn’t always so lucky. Depending on how many people are waiting for care and how severe their injuries are, wait times can vary.

We also know that our health care system runs more smoothly when people are using the appropriate care for their needs.

Nothing is more important than the health care of your loved ones. Sometimes you have no choice but to visit an emergency room. That’s why we have invested in expanding ERs across Winnipeg.

But for those other medical situations — non-urgent matters  — we’re providing alternatives for when you need same day care but it’s not an emergency. Winnipeg now has two Quick Care Clinics, with four more planned, including one in Southdale.
On June 3, the new Mental Health Crisis Response Centre opened and this fall a new Cancer Quick Care Clinic will open as well.

By 2015 our government has committed to everyone in Manitoba having access to a family doctor, and in just two years 30,000 more Manitobans report they’ve found a family doctor.
All these resources mean more choices for your family and ensuring prompt emergency care is available in our ERs when your family needs it.

Ensuring quality care for all Manitobans should be a critical goal of any government.  When people start talking about two-tiered health care and allowing the very rich to jump the queue it means the rest of us have to wait longer.  Health care should be there to serve those with the most urgent need, not those with the deepest pockets.

My daughter is back at soccer and her ankle brace hasn’t slowed her down at track and field. I’m grateful that our little emergency had a good ending. Here’s hoping we all have a healthy, active summer with none of those unexpected phone calls!

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