Thursday, August 18, 2005

Now Take Two Aspirins And Call Me In The Morning

Who better to tell us what the status of health care is, then from a doctor. They are, however, I think only viewing the solution from the current status of health care.

Unfortunately, the program is being constantly interfered with by an inept federal gov't, who has somehow convinced the majority of Cdns that they are the experts ( which we know is not true - just ask a sick Canadian who waits and waits). The only people who benefit from the current structure of health care are healthy people. Get sick and you enter the world of incompetent bureaucrats who sit in swivel executive chairs thinking they know better than doctors and nurses who are on the front lines everyday.

If these doctors were offered other scenarios within which to work (ie. money follows patient, decentralization of services [removing the feds, creating clinics hat deal with minor health issues - sprains, minor breaks, cuts, small burns, midwives, etc.] salaried physician positions) .. well - you get the idea. Just a few of many ideas that can be, and should be discussed fully because all of these scenarios, in my opinion, can be achieved within the framework of publicly funded health services.

But I am also not against spending your money the way you see fit. After all, you should have the right to do whatever you want with your take home money. You can buy a car, a house, go to the movies, a restaurant, gamble.... but for some reason you can't buy extra health coverage for yourself??

Two tier health has been around forever. If you are not working for a company that provides you with extended health coverage for prescriptions and dental work, then you are already experiencing two tiered health. Seen the price of prescriptions these days?? How about a dentist?? You can already purchase Blue Cross to cover prescriptions and dental so why not take it one step further by allowing insurance coverage for major medical emergencies?

How do you, as a fellow Canadian, feel about the current health program? Do you support the notion of private coverage? Do you have any ideas of your own that you would like to share with your fellow bloggers about ways to improve the program? I, for one, would be interested in hearing what you have to say.

8 Comments:

At Thu Aug 18, 07:41:00 PM MDT, Blogger Justthinkin said...

A friend's Dad was in the U.S. 1 month ago at a convention when he collapsed.He was rushed to the nearest hospital,diagnosed as having had a mild heart attack and that angioplasty was required.He phoned his family doctor back here in Canada,and after the doctor in the States expalined the problem,his Dad's doctor told the U.S. doctor to go ahead and arrange the surgery as it would be at least 4 MONTHS before he could get a specialist do perform it here.The next day his Dad had the operation and is doing fine.4 MONTHS!! How many more attacks in that time?And which one would have killed him?This is what we call health care.But of course,the Libs always bring up the spector of the evil U.S. care.Most advocates for change to the system here say go for a combined system like Sweden,Norway,or God forbid,even Englands.Lets not forget,folks,our overall ranking is 26th out of 30th OECD countries.Yup,I am reaaalllyyy proud of that.

 
At Thu Aug 18, 08:00:00 PM MDT, Blogger Debris Trail said...

Canadians owe it to themselves to examine all possibilities. And, my dear, you are wrong in saying that we have 2 tier care. We have multiple tiers. Have you ever heard of a public personality, like a talk radio host or journalist of consequence wait on a list? Have you ever heard of medical people of consequence wait on a list? How about the politicians? Nope.... Notta.... because they all get to jump the line. I personally know of several cases where people in this class got incredibly fast service. As for me, my daughter languished in hospital for months with IBD, and only once I started shaken the place down and making threats did anything happen. And even then, the care she recieved was more like I'd expect in the former USSR, not a first world institution.

 
At Thu Aug 18, 09:07:00 PM MDT, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Debris Trail is right. Same goes for convicts and WCB, they get priority service.

I for one would vote for a full 2 tier system.

 
At Fri Aug 19, 05:16:00 AM MDT, Blogger Justthinkin said...

Opppssss..Aizlynne...from the above looks like something worse than a moonbat has found your site...Kill the moonbats and spammers!!!!

 
At Fri Aug 19, 08:05:00 AM MDT, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Oh great... well let's hope it's not too many... I noticed Candace was getting spammed a ton too.. can anyone give me some hints on stopping the spam altogether??

 
At Fri Aug 19, 08:06:00 AM MDT, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Oh... and you are right about multiple tier DT... I was just thinking about the obvious association that everyone can relate too... sometimes people don't see politicians such as GG as cue jumping because they are "important you know!"... (not that I agree because I don't!).

 
At Fri Aug 19, 05:16:00 PM MDT, Blogger jeff said...

Private health care is essential, now. Why? Because for profit can adjust and change extremely quickly to the prevailing conditions. Public health care is so mired down in bureaucracy that it would take many years to adjust to any emergency or change in a specific demographic aka. aging baby boomers. We've tried public and it isn't working. Time for a private approach.......

 
At Fri Aug 19, 07:10:00 PM MDT, Blogger Justthinkin said...

Aizlynne...re the spammer...check this out...
http://www.bustedupcowgirl.com/scampage.html

 

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