The Ontario Health Quality Council makes a very common error with its new report, stating that "alternative level of care" (ALC) hospital patients should not be in hospitals.
Well that sounds great (who wants to be in hospital?), but less than 200 patients in our hospitals are actually waiting for home care. That's less than one patient per hospital facility. Currently, it is a very small part of the ALC problem.
More hospital ALC patients are actually waiting for a different sort of hospital care.
No one talks about this issue -- so the Health Quality Council is hardly alone. But until we do, we are not going to solve it.