Small adjustments and better co-ordination in the healthcare system could help save lives, the Bermuda Health Council said yesterday. A BHeC spokesman said that the healthcare service had excellent providers, sufficient equipment and adequate funding for the work performed on the island.
But he added: “There is a significant opportunity to improve on local care integration and reduce the amount of service silos.
“The core reason health reform has been on the agenda in Bermuda for the last 20 plus years is not because we specifically need more things added to our system, but we need the resources that already exist to work better together.
“This is not a call for wholesale replacement reform but smart adjustment reform – reform that is agile and meets the population health needs of the public for today and is able to adjust as needs evolve in the future.”
The BHeC representative was speaking after friends of the late Milton Ming, who was a veteran chef, said his life could have been saved if there had been better co-ordination in the healthcare system.
The Royal Gazette reported yesterday that Mr Ming suffered an aortic aneurysm last year and needed overseas treatment.
But his case was complicated by an old drugs conviction, which made travel to the US difficult and insurance that did not cover the full cost of overseas care.
Mr Ming’s friends were able to get a waiver for him to travel and funds were raised to cover the cost, but he died on December 29 before he was able to leave the island.
Friends said the barriers had not been insurmountable and that Mr Ming might have survived if there was better co-ordination in the healthcare sector and there had been a co-ordinated effort to tackle the problems he had faced.
The BHeC highlighted healthcare measures that were being introduced, such as an electronic medical record system, a unique patient identifier system and updated standards of care.