Today while surfing my Facebook page, I spotted a fundraising appeal for Gilley, a lobsterman on Swans Island. “On March 31 my kids grandfather fell over board into freezing cold water temperatures, he had to be life flighted from Swans Island after being paddled multiple times by EMT services. He has been on a rollercoaster… Continue reading Crowdfunding, medical bankruptcy…..or Improved Medicare for All?
I spend about one-third of my work week on “Ward 8”, the Whakatane Hospital Inpatient Mental Health Unit. The ward is designed and staffed for 11 patients, but occasionally we have treated up to 13 inpatients at a time. For just over two weeks, we treated an 80-something year-old patient with dementia and delusions. “Mr.… Continue reading Our Guest with a Cane
At Whakatane Hospital in New Zealand, we are able to provide patients at risk for diabetes with regular metabolic monitoring and Green Prescriptions https://www.sportbop.co.nz/get-active/green-prescription-programme/. When all else fails, we treat diabetes with medications, including insulin if necessary, without worry of cost to the hospital or to our patients. In addition, all patients with diabetes receive… Continue reading A Tale of Two Hospitals
Two letters to the editor appeared in response to the same articles about the deportation of immigrants with end stage renal disease. Don McKay of Lower Hutt: “May I say I have sympathy for the Tongan facing deportation. Now he is here we have an obligation to extend treatment to him as an act of… Continue reading Health dilemmas: New Zealanders respond
This weekend was a bonanza for NZ wild life. On Saturday, while visiting White Island (an active volcano 50 km offshore from our home in Whakatane), we viewed the largest Australasian gannet colony in New Zealand. Gannets come to White Island in the spring to hatch and fledge their chicks, before returning to Australia for… Continue reading Australasian gannets, a Kiwi bird, a Robin and a Weta
I’ve read a few articles this month about NZ immigrants facing deportation due to their health conditions. It’s a difficult situation that poses a “Catch 22” for the South African family who were due for deportation today. They have the funds to pay privately, but one cannot purchase a kidney transplant in New Zealand.… Continue reading Thoughts about humanitarian issues and innovation: End Stage Renal Disease
First, my apologies for the two month gap since getting “settled in” and blogging about my life and work here in the Bay of Plenty. I really have no legitimate excuses! I now have several topics lined up starting with my report on a conversation I had last month with Helen Mason, who is now… Continue reading “The best thing to be said for the US health system is that it is unique.”