"What we're seeing is that admissions to hospital are dropping " ... and they're being replaced by out-patient and day-patient procedures, which is pretty consistent with what's going on across the country and where we've been making investments," said John Boyne, the Department of Health's director of health-information management and accountability.
The recent example of a $29-million investment for Moncton Hospital's
ambulatory-care project is an example of the ongoing trend to try and provide that type of out-patient care in the least invasive way possible, he
Figures released by the institute also indicate the province languished at the tail end when it came to increasing the number of day surgery procedures.
According to the institute, New Brunswick's number of day surgeries increased 0.6 per cent from 1995-96 to 2005-06.That stands in stark contrast to the 30.6-per-cent national average.
That number isn't accurate, Boyne
said, because the province changed its methodology in 2003-04.Some procedures that were previously categorized as day surgeries are now categorized as ambulatory-care clinic visits.He
didn't have a figure for the number of ambulatory-care clinic visits, but said the number of day surgeries recorded went down by 1,300 when the change was recorded in 2003-04.
said that while the numbers are changing, they should be expected to level-off as there's a limit to the kinds of procedures that can be provided on an out-patient basis.