Canada's Health Care System
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03-09-2011, 12:20 PM
Join Date: May 2005
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It's like that when it comes to health care in our country.
It's not even a policy issue anymore.
It's become part of Canadian mythology, which is dangerous, because when things change, people will be unable or unwilling to look at alternatives.
I've read some recent polls suggesting most Canadians favour two-tier health care. And why wouldn't they ? Millions of Canadians can't even find a family doctor - yet to question this orthodoxy is to be painted as some kind of American fifth column by the left.
Clearly the U.S. model is not the one most of us want to adopt, but why is that presented as the only other option?
The system we have is based on the Scandinavian model - but surprise - they dropped this model some years ago. It doesn't work.
The same with Great Britain. Instead, they use a mixed model that allows doctors and patients some choices.
There are so many problems with our health care system that I could go on forever , but I'd like to highlight a few.
Wait times - nothing like being on an 8 week wait list to be treated for cancer.
Poor Treatment - Canada is as far from cutting edge medicine as it is from cutting edge internet. I won't even get into the fact we are still using chemo where in many cases US hospitals use more modern drugs.
Waste - Our system is chock full of it. We pay hospital administrators ridicules salaries - in Thunder bay they are paying one who doesn't even have a hospital !
We also have a massive health care bureaucracy - thousand of administrators/bureaucrats that provide no front-line care. This at a time when we can't afford more nurses or doctors.
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