Although there has been improvement
of people’s perception of the quality of health care provided by Cayman’s
Health Services Authority, still more than 54 per cent of the 318 respondents
to last week’s caycompass.com online poll said they are not too confident or
not confident at all in the HSA.
When asked a similar question in an
online poll in October 2007, 65 per cent of respondents said they had little or
no confidence in the government health care provider and in April 2009, 65.3
per cent of respondents to another online poll said they were not too confident
or not confident at all in the quality of health care at the HSA.
However, almost one-third of the
respondents – 105 people or 33.1 per cent – to this year’s poll said they were
somewhat confident in the health care provided by the Health Services
Authority, up from 24.5 per cent in 2007 and 22.6 per cent in 2009.
Still, the results of the poll show
the HSA still has work to do to gain the confidence of the majority of
residents as 98 people – 30.8 per cent – said they were not too confident in
the HSA, while 76 people – 23.9 per cent – said they were not confident at all
in the government’s health care provider.
“At least the HSA isn’t losing
money like it used to,” said one person. “But that really doesn’t change my
confidence in the health care it provides.”
“I guess the hospital would be all
right for minor ailments, but I wouldn’t want to go there for anything remotely
serious,” said another respondent.
“There are only two doctors I trust
there,” said someone else.
Even those respondents who said
they were somewhat confident in the HSA expressed reservations.
“I love the maternity ward, but the
emergency staff have always been either slow or understaffed,” said one person.
“I’ve never known the reason why they take so long to attend the waiting
patients, so I don’t know where to point the finger in this case.”
“I’m somewhat confident as long as
I do not require a specialist,” said someone else.
Only 27 people – 8.5 per cent –
said they were extremely confident in the health care provided by the HSA, very
similar to the 8.6 per cent of respondents who said they had great confidence
in the HSA’s health care in 2007 and the 7.5 per cent who said they were very
confident in the care in 2009.
“Please don’t import oversees
health care providers,” said one person. “Cayman needs to train its own people
for the jobs.”
Twelve people – 3.7 per cent –
responded “I don’t know” to the poll question.
Next week’s poll question
What do you think about the
decision to make RCIPS officers take polygraph tests?