Emilia Romagna defies waiting lists: ‘It will reopen by December’

Reggio Emilia Hiring health workers, extending hours, and hiring trainees. The district is putting in place tools like this to reduce waiting times in healthcare.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, the yellow and red colors indicate not only the regions into which the country has been divided, but also the length of time that Emilia-Romagna patients have to fight with.

Reggio Emilia is certainly no exception. On March 6, a female patient from Reggio received a tip-off from the doctor that she had to have a chest CT scan for a tumor. An observation visit is scheduled for September. Well, yesterday he did not find a useful appointment with the cup for two hospitals in the county. “They send people to Padua – complains the patient -. Other people assure me that the predictions are scriptural.”

The screening he needs covers one hundred percent in our county according to regional system data, but has been updated as of May 2021. The so-called “performance index” on a regional scale has fallen from 92 percent to 86 percent last year. If we take into account that 136,005 specific chest examinations were performed in the region in 2021, we can see that thousands of people find themselves under impatient, as well as physical stress.

There are alternatives but in the private sector. “They make you pay,” adds the patient. Critical points do not decrease for other exams. Of the data updated through May 2021, in Reggio Emilia-Holter, the EKG performance index was 83 percent and spirometry 73 percent. Both values ​​are valid for yellow shades between Reggio’s diagnostic services.

Even worse are specialized visits, where there are more “red cards” (eight) than promotions (seven). Dermatology (58 percent) and ENT (51 percent) visits were fewer and worse for pulmonology (29 percent) and above all gastroenterology (13 percent) visits. In other words, about one in eight people with digestive problems receive the answers in time.

The first data for 2022 at the regional scale shows only three values ​​above 90 percent, set as a minimum by region: oncology visits (100 percent), orthopedic visits (93 percent) and cardiology visits (91 percent). The least valuable are diabetes visits, which fell from 78 percent in 2021 to 61 percent.

For diagnosis, the most painful point in Emilia-Romagna appears to be spirometry with an insufficiency index (57 percent). The same ratio – again as Emilia-Romagna – with respect to interventions for thyroid tumors. Prostate cancer patients see a drop in the index to 61 percent from 72 percent in 2020.

The Region is confident of reaching 9 in the report card (90 percent) by year-end for oncology and vascular surgery as well as other interventions. A lower value is expected for general surgery where the target is 7.5 (75 percent index).

“The period between 2020 and 2022 was significantly affected by the epidemic,” recalls Raphael Donini, the regional health policy advisor.

In Emilia-Romagna, 2,069,839 specialist visits and 3,584,339 diagnostic interventions were performed in 2021, down from 2019 (2,402,234 and 3,910,368, respectively). The region is estimated to have recovered a total of 53,000 interest in 2021.

Emilia-Romagna is ready to play other cards, including increased use of telemedicine and collaboration between health companies.

“We intend to do whatever it takes to return to our standards – repeats Donini, in alignment with District President, Stefano Bonaccini – given the dramatic two years we have left.”

Regional council advocates call into question trade unions. “They have every right to demonstrate and criticize – as Bonacini notes – a healthy confrontation of democracy. We know there are critical issues and we want to resolve them in terms of personnel and resources.”

The president does not skimp on criticism of the Draghi government regarding the reimbursement of Covid expenses incurred in the region, and is proposing an extension of up to twenty years. “We will determine the employment policy with the labor unions,” says Donini.

Lega’s regional advisor Daniele Marchetti, vice chair of the Health Care Commission, is critical of the allegations. Marchetti.l says “the term ‘each proposed measure will be subject to discussion with the trade unions’ indicates that there is still something specific”.

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