Health procedure makes no sense

I have been taking blood clotting tests for more than 15 years. At first, I just went to a lab and there was a standing order for my test.

I have been taking blood clotting tests for more than 15 years.

At first, I just went to a lab and there was a standing order for my test.

Some years later, I was given a little wallet-size card that had all my information, which enabled me to have the test.

Recently, this card was taken away from me and I was given two pages inside a plastic folder.

The instructions are that I have to bring these pages with me every time I go for a test, which is at least every month.

Could Alberta Health Services (AHS) please explain how this new procedure is more convenient and is more cost efficient?

There are thousands of people every day taking a standing order test. How many trees did we have cut down in order to get all this extra paper?

Why is that when a new group is in charge, they have to make changes that make no sense?

Was there any consultation among AHS, doctors and lab technicians?

I think Albertans are entitled to an explanation of these changes.

Jack Brooks


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