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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Health Care Questions

No answers this morning (well, some) but mostly questions...

1.Why is private involvement in health care "un-Canadian"?

2.Was that Tommy Douglas' vaunted vision for Canadians - that government run everything?

3.How can we make sure that our fellow Canadians are looked after, that our children have adequete health care and that we care for our elders, without bankrupting our country?

4. Do Canadians, outside special interests and health service unions, care who delivers their health care, as long as it is universally accessible?

Food for thought - and discussion.

4 Comments:

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Herbinator said...

1.Why is private involvement in health care "un-Canadian"?

It isn't. Most of the system is private.

2.Was that Tommy Douglas' vaunted vision for Canadians - that government run everything?

Where people are forgotten in favour of business, yes.

3.How can we make sure that our fellow Canadians are looked after, that our children have adequete health care and that we care for our elders, without bankrupting our country?

Let people allocate their health care dollar as they see fit.

4. Do Canadians, outside special interests and health service unions, care who delivers their health care, as long as it is universally accessible?

And publically funded and administered. Then, no.

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger Psychols said...

Good questions, my opinons follow:

1. It is not un-Canadian but some privatization arguments go too far. Private involvement in health care delivery is the reality but the direct sale of health care to users is not. To many of us, the Canada Health Act provides a source of pride because our public health care system does so much better than the private US system when the two are compared objectively.

2. He wanted equal access to healthcare for all. Very few argue that this means that government run everything.

3. Tough question. Privatization is not the answer and neither is throwing money at the problem. I think there are a number of creative solutions (medical teams, midwives, pre-diagnostic nurses, a more holistic approach to health care, a return to traditional drug regulations etc.)

4. No. Most Doctors are professional corporations. The insurer, however, does matter because I would not feel confident with my life in the hands of a private insurance company adjuster.

Check out Mike’s excellent defense of public health care at: http://rationalreasons.blogspot.com/

 
At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a nurse----and I don't want to see privatized health care.

If you drain doctors and nurses away into private clinics, that leaves less for the public system.

Besides, I've heard in some U.S. hospitals, if nurses take sick days, it comes out of their vacation time. Other places, patients ring for their nurse using a pager. If the nurse is on a break she has to get up and go answer it.
Raises are not contractual, and there are no gaurantees of when nurses will get them in some private U.S. hospitals.
The public as well as the health care deliverers have much to lose by heading towards privatized health care.
But Hey-----if you're rich, I guess you don't have to worry, you don't even have to work.

 
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