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Wed Jan 11, 2012, 04:54 PM

(Sask.) Man visited emergency 150 times, Wall says

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says one patient in this province visited the emergency room 150 times in one year.

It's only one anecdote, Wall told reporters this week, but it illustrates why health-care reforms are important. The man needed help, the premier said, but not from emergency departments.

However, no one intervened in such cases until the health-care system embraced new management strategies, Wall said.

"If that individual is getting the care that that he needs from some other part of the health-care system and not presenting himself to emergency, does that lighten the fact that in some cases it's a 12-hour wait for emergency room care?"

full: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2012/01/11/sk-wall-emergency-1201.html

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