June 19, 2005

Canadian Health Care

I once got engaged in a dicussion with some members of the other side of the aisle on the topic of health care, and inevitably, they came up with the old argument: "they have it("universal" healthcare) in Canada, we need to do it here too". All my statistics and facts could not dissuade them from their contention that Canada's system was far superior to ours.

Too bad that the Canadian Supreme Court disagrees with them. I'm sure that will still not dissuade the lemmings of the Left from trying to convert our health care system to the Socialist model, but just maybe it will wake up the "Great Undecideds" to the situation, and help to get them to support REAL health care reform instead of sound/feel good socialist pap.

The NHS in Britain is in the same boat, but at least they DO allow "private pay" to decrease waiting times. But think about it, for the women in the story, there was STILL a two week wait for an MRI; IF she payed for it herself...In any American hospital, she would have received one as a matter of normal emergency room trauma treatment. She may have been deep in debt afterwards it's true, but she would have received treatment that may have precluded two years of suffering. I find it enlighteniong that the hospital where my wife works hase more MRI units that there are in ALL of Canada, and it's only one of seven hospitals in the metropolitan area that have such units.

Getting government out of health care would be a first good step. All too often medical personell spend more time on mandated paperwork than real patient care.
Secondly,setting reasonable caps on malpractice awards would help lower costs in far higher ratios than the awards themselves, just by lessening the incidents of doctors ordering non essential cya tests just to protect themselves from law suits.

And I know I've harped on this subject, but implementing the Fair Tax would increase the amount of money availible for the poorer members of our society to afford at least basic health care coverage.

Posted by Delftsman3 at June 19, 2005 01:01 AM

Efficiency, workability, good sense and economy make no difference to lefties because NO issue is ever about those things. Particularly with nationalized health care, which is a disaster in the making in Canada, and nearly a financial and medical calamity in Britain.

Nationalized health care satisfies several compelling requirements for a lefty:

First and foremost, it's a vehicle to expand their already swollen self-righteousness. Second (and most insidious), it penalizes everyone who by effort and talent is outside the requirements of the insanities of radical egalitarianism. Third, it removes one impediment to the lefty compulsion to "feel" as if the world is a really nice place.

Point Three is made even more sublime by the increase in the magnitude of Point One, which is that the world is a nice place BECAUSE OF ME.

All these fetishes and needs, in fact, underpin
everything in the life of a lefty.

Posted by: Rhod at June 19, 2005 02:15 AM

Introducing more competition into the medical field would also lower patient costs so that fewer people would need health insurance.

Canada's a joke when it comes to healthcare.


Posted by: RightWingRocker at June 20, 2005 03:44 AM

Tort reform would also lower costs, how many tests do you recon are ordered to cover the doctors ass against lawsuits, it's known as defensive medicine. RWR is entirely correct when he says Canada's a joke, the only good thing I experienced when travelling there was the fact that you could obtain OTC medications you'd need a prescription for here.
Socialised medicine is no panacea nor are medical facilities ran only to satisfy the stockholders.

Posted by: Jack at June 20, 2005 04:12 AM

If these morons from CanaDUH were serious about healthcare, they'd get down to GITMO.

Posted by: LC TripleNeckSteel at June 21, 2005 07:11 AM
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