Friday, July 31, 2009

$10 million bill for Quebec hospitals from isotope shortage

"Crise des isotopes: facture possible de 10 millions." The $10 million in increased costs represents an increase of 25% in unanticipated expense to the budgets of nuclear medicine departments in Quebec. Premier McGuinty has been writing to the federal government about the increasing costs as well although there's been no dollar figure placed on Ontario's costs thus far. You'd have to think it's equal to or more than the figure reported here for Quebec which was arrived at after a conference call with a dozen CEO's of Quebec hospitals. These are tens of millions in additional costs for hospitals that were foreseeable should a Chalk River shutdown occur yet prompted no substantial back-up planning at the federal level for isotopes.

Where's the federal support for these increased costs? Where's the response?

For more on this topic, see: Blog Post Index: Medical Isotope crisis & Chalk River shutdown.