Nova Scotia racks up $1m bill from Mayo Clinic
The Nova Scotia health authority has spent $1 million since last January sending a specific type of pathology work to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Tim Guest, vice-president of integrated health services and chief nursing officer for the health authority, said the volume of hematology work, which concerns blood-borne illnesses such as cancers, has been growing steadily since 2008. There are now 61/2 full-time equivalent positions in the province to do the work and it finally became insufficient, said Guest.
“It reached a breaking point where it was beginning to be unmanageable for our internal resources, and so a decision was made that we needed to have a solution,” he said.
“We needed a solution that was fairly quick to manage the work that was happening and also to be able to be sure that we were providing a high-quality and safe service.”
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