When people are really sick or need elective surgery, they need the expert care that only hospitals can provide. We need to do a better job of making sure our hospitals put people at the centre, and function more effectively and efficiently.
Discharge planning becomes a priority the moment a patient enters the hospital.
Discharge planning is done by hospital care co-ordinators who ensure the health needs of patients are determined in partnership with them, their family, and their primary care co-ordinator.
NPs actively admit, treat, transfer and discharge patients in all hospitals, improving timely access, patient experience and flow, and quality care outcomes.
Hospitals focus resources and attention on patients who are very ill or those who need elective surgery.
Emergency departments are only focused on very ill people who require complex care; while others receive timely access in primary care, home care, rehab, complex care, or nursing homes.
Hospitals continue their focus on caring for the seriously ill and those who need elective surgery.
People who require alternate levels of care receive the care they need to remain within their homes or another more appropriate setting.
Births and deaths increasingly occur at home.