Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Pricey fight for H1N1

  • Print

THE fights against H1N1 flu will cost the Winnipeg Region Health Authority "tens of millions of dollars" not budgeted for in 2009-10, said the health authority's outgoing president, Brian Postl.

Money is being spent to expand intensive-care units and for buying equipment like ventilators, intravenous pumps, monitors, defibrillators and dialysis machines, he said.

Extra staffing has been needed for higher patient loads and more full intensive-care units. The WRHA expects the provincial government is going to help pay those costs. "I hope so," Postl said.

The increased expenditures follow on the heels of a $4-million deficit announced yesterday at the health authority's annual meeting. Postl said the deficit is from higher patient volumes than anticipated.

Salaries make up 73 per cent of WRHA costs.

Postl said the deficit amounts to less than one per cent of the WRHA's $2 billion budget.

"In many sectors, if your finances are within one per cent of your budget base, you're pretty successful," he said. The health authority's last deficit was four years ago.

Postl also commented on the seemingly healthy 13-year-old Toronto boy who died from H1N1 on Monday.

"That's why we keep telling people to get vaccinated. It's very unpredictable who's going to be severely affected. When it happens to young people it's especially tragic," he said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 28, 2009 A6

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart - Take It Easy

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A black swallowtail butterfly land on Lantana flowers Sunday morning at the Assiniboine Park English Gardens- standup photo – August 14, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A water lily in full bloom is reflected in the pond at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden Tuesday afternoon. Standup photo. Sept 11,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should the city grant mosquito buffer zones for medical reasons only?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google