Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Exposed Gets Advance Look At Ralph's 3rd Way

The brochure depicts a beautiful sand covered, sunny beach just for the two of you. The title says "Some things are worth waiting for...". Gosh, you think, what a great looking vacation spot. But you would be wrong!

For as you turn the page, the statement continues ... "access to medical services isn't one of them".

You soon realize that they aren't discussing vacations ... they are advertising for private health insurance, or better known as Ralph's "third way" for healthcare.

Say it isn't so Ralph!! Sadly, it appears to be true.

For those interested in a preview of Ralph's third way, here is a brief description insurance that you can purchase for over 125 "premium medical services".

So what are some "premium" services:
- heart bypass surgery
- angioplasty
- joint replacement
- cataracts
- CT Scans & MRI's
- 120 services more that aren't mentioned.

In fact, if you don't get service within 45 days, they will fast track you to the front of the line whether it is here or in the US.

For those who can afford private insurance, here are some benefits you will get:
- no wait lists
- world class facilities
- discretion and privacy
- minimally evasive procedures
- internationally recognized surgeons and specialists
- state of the art operating theatres and diagnostic equipment

For those who cannot afford private insurance, here are some benefits you will get:
- wait lists over 9 months long
- chances of dying before the majority of "premium medical issues" are performed
- surgeons and doctors who are overworked and lack proper equipment
- the quickest way to treat you, even if minimal evasion procedures are available.

So hang onto your wallet folks. Looks like Ralph's way will cost you - no matter whether you are rich or poor.

Tomorrow I will discuss the Alberta Alliance health care platform. It differs greatly from the Tory's third way, and is a much more pragmatic and sensible approach to health care.


At Tue. Feb. 21, 12:18:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Candace said...

Holy $hit. That sucks - since when is bypass surgery something you can wait for?

At Tue. Feb. 21, 02:02:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Justthinkin said...

Wait for bypass surgery?? Why not?? We already do, right now,unless you happen to be in an emerg room during the day when the heart specialist is around AND happens to have an open OR spot. I do agree that we should all have access to the best medical care possible,anytime,and at a minimal cost. Here in Canada we have some of the best specialists in the world, but their services are rationed. Why? Because that is what happens in a monopoly system. And that is what our health care system is. And it will not get better until some private services are brought in. Private providers of medicine are not the anti-Christ. For $4,000/year in Switzerland,you can have almost instant access to anything,which is what we here in AB pay per year,when you total up health premiums and hidden taxes. Would I pay $500.00 deductible to have my wife or myself treated? You bet.

At Tue. Feb. 21, 06:09:00 p.m. MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

The health care system desperately needs competition, and this is the only way to get it ... I would pay for better service as well.....

At Tue. Feb. 21, 06:20:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Actually, JT is correct.

The health care system in Canada does take a lot of looking into to understand, and I've been doing so for years. And learning the truth about other nations' own systems.

In France, for eg, they have a two-tier system, yet EVERYONE has their care actually waiting for them, not the other way around. The docs and nurses are right there! The bed's right there! The whole enchilada's ready for all, regardless of ability to pay!

Sound too good to be true? Well, I saw the story a couple years ago on Global National. The French make it work somehow. Why can't we?

And I know from personal experience just how terribly, heartwrenchingly inadequate Canada's system is under pure socialism (only Cuba and North Korea are the other two nations w/ purely socialized medicine). In 2002, my dad developed severe asthma all of a sudden. So I was taking him to the ER and visiting him in hospital on a very frequent basis for seven months as the system failed to make the correct diagnosis, forcing my dad to suffer quite painfully. Only after seven months did they finally find a specialist who finally made the diagnosis and finally gave him a prescription which actually eliminates the severe shortness of breath... how hard is it to diagnose asthma?! And add to all that a simultaneous severe prostate problem... extremely painful...

Well, he's fine now. But this experience destroyed my faith in socialized medicine.

Fact is, it's possible to have parallel systems which are mutually beneficial, synergistic and cooperative... like in France. All that's required is the political will and competent administration, with appropriate regulations, etc. Then the waiting lines will SHORTEN, NOT LENGTHEN, meaning EVERYONE will receive treatment SOONER.

Don't believe leftist fearmongering that it's impossible. The French proved it's possible.

I'll still be looking forward to seeing the AA plan.

It's a very complicated thing, indeed, but it's possible to come to see how it can work.

Wish I could explain it like I can explain a couple of other things... but I do need to learn more first.

And, JT, why is it every time I see you here, you've just had a dump? You must eat like a 5-hp ShopVac! LOL

At Wed. Feb. 22, 12:41:00 p.m. MST, Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

My first reaction is "grear"!...now we have a choice and access to better medicine and specuialty treatements.

Then reality kicks in and my forst question is: "how much has Ralphy and the reKleins inested personally in the private delivery companies and is this influencing what they delist as covered by public health care? Now supplemental specialty medicine delivery is one thing but allowing corporate control of hospitals is another. I'm a free enterprise conservative...but corporatism has proven to promote government enforced private monopolies...we have to keep an eye on the privatization to ensure it promotes wide spread competition and diversity of proprietorship....and not a concentrated ownership base with price fixing in a captive market.

Ralph is also shopping for a private sector nest to land in after he steps down....I'm taking bets it will be as a director or lobbyist for private corporate medicine.

At Wed. Feb. 22, 06:55:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Uh... don't mind me. I'm just posting a comment to see if my picture shows up... let's see... hope I don't look too smooth...

Alllll right! Lookin' gooood, Sentinel!

Oh, ok... the hair? A wig. I'm actually bald.

And that's my sword, not my... you know...

And I admit it's an old picture. Haven't been to the gym since 2001... will definitely have to get back and get back into the barbaric iron-clanging...


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