SOCIALIZED MEDICINE IN A NUTSHELL:
THE GOOD . . . One of the BEST things about Canadian Healthcare, is that EVERYONE in Canada is covered for Virtually Every Manifestation of Catastrophic and Chronic (Pre-Existing) Illnesses.
Bruce Caskenette of Cornwall Ontario, said in a recent COMMENT that Canadian Healthcare ISN’T FREE. He’s right. And I never alluded to Canadian Healthcare being FREE, since nothing the Government does is FREE.
INEVITABLY . . . Every Penny the Government spends, comes from the People, giving the Uninformed, the Weak-Minded, and the Socialists who Pay NOTHING, the False Impression that the Government somehow GIVES us anything.
THE BAD . . . Unless the Problem is more or less LIFE-THREATENING, to be determined by someone other than the Patient; Healthcare in Canada is DOLED-OUT at the discretion of the “System”. And because there are literally NO PRIVATE OPTIONS . . . Competition, which is the LIFE-BLOOD of Success and Competence DOES NOT EXIST IN CANADIAN HEALTHCARE.
THE HORROR STORIES . . . Everyone has heard about WAIT-TIMES in the Canadian System for NON-LIFE-THREATENING issues are all TRUE. It is indeed 100% TRUE that people can wait for Years for treatments such as Hip and Knee Replacements.
It is also 100% COMMON for Canadians to wait Weeks-On-End to see their Primary Care Doctor, that is if they can even FIND a Primary Healthcare Doctor to include you in his or her practice, and MONTHS to see a Specialist . . . and MANY months to have a CAT SCAN, MRI or a DOPPLER ULTRASOUND, which by Canadian Standards is “NORMAL”.
I’M ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES . . . Because, even though Anne and I aren’t FLUSH with money, and we struggle, like just about everyone else, we have enough to go outside the System to get what we need (within reason), when we need it. BUT THAT ISN’T THE CASE WITH MOST PEOPLE.
THE OTHER BIG PROBLEM WITH THE CANADIAN SYSTEM . . . For some Unfathomable reason, which I believe boils down to a SERIOUS LACK OF MONEY, Canada does not Graduate enough Health Providers . . . from Nurses to all manner of Physicians to provide for the Burgeoning Demand.
And given the Ludicrous and Criminal amount of money the Canadian Governments (Municipal, Provincial & Federal) spend on its Public Sector Work Force and THEMSELVES, it should NOT be shocking to anyone, that there simply isn’t enough money to properly invest in the Health-Care of the Nation.
And then of course there are BILLIONS OF OUR TAX PAID DOLLARS, which our Governments simply THROW AWAY overseas to supposedly “HELP” Third World Countries, and the EXTREME Wasteful Spending on Domestic Stupidity, which could and SHOULD otherwise be spent on making Canadian Healthcare WORK BETTER FOR EVERYONE.
BUT IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT BAD AND WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT . . . Since far too many Canadians and Landed Immigrants entitled to what is “NOT FREE“ Healthcare, actually ABUSE the Privilege because they PERCEIVE IT TO BE FREE.
I am 100% CONVINCED, Beyond any Shadow of Doubt . . . that if a USER FEE would be charged Per Patient Per Visit, it would FREE-UP the System for people who REALLY need to see their Doctor without having to wait for weeks.
AND AS UNREAL AS THIS MIGHT SEEM . . . THIS IS ENTIRELY TRUE:
When Anne and I moved to the Province of Ontario from the Province of Quebec in the Year-2000, literally 45-Minutes from the Provincial Line, where our Family Doctor Practices in Quebec, we were determined to keep our Family Doctor.
BUT . . . As it turned out, our Doctor does not Accept Payment from the Ontario Health Plan, since he didn’t see enough Ontario Patients to warrant his registering with OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Program), and subsequently paying their Fees for Membership.
SO INSTEAD . . . We were informed by our Doctor’s Administrator, that we would have to pay CASH or CHECK for our visits, and claim the amounts BACK from OHIP.
But the amount we would have to pay to our Quebec Doctor would only be determined upon the Amount and Limit, which the Quebec Health Plan allows its doctors to charge per issue.
SO THE LOGICAL QUESTION FOR US – WAS . . . How much CASH should we bring to the Doctor for the Check-Up? And would he accept a Check? And please bear in mind that this Doctor had been our Family Physician since 1980, and every time we saw him when we lived in Quebec, we never once thought about money. So we didn’t know what to expect.
WE WERE TOLD THAT OUR DOCTOR ACCEPTS CHECKS . . . So, we went with $200 in CASH, and our Check-Book in hand, just in case the Amount would be MORE than $200.
SO PLEASE IMAGINE OUR SURPRISE . . . Actually SHOCK is a far better description for how we felt, when the Bill, ACCORDING to what our Doctor was ALLOWED TO CHARGE BY THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC WAS JUST $18?
ON A $100 RESTAURANT MEAL . . . Anne And I Will Tip More Than That At 20%.
BUT NOT TO HOLD A “TAG DAY” FOR OUR DOCTOR . . . since he staggers all of his Patients at 10-Minute Intervals, and on an 8-Hour Work Day, he can see 48-Patients at a minimum of $20 EACH. And if he were to work for 50-Weeks on the Year, he would earn a bare minimum of $240,000.
But, very often . . . he sees MORE than 48-Patients Per Day, and he earns MORE than $20 Per Visit, depending upon what services he provides. SO HE’S VERY HAPPY, which I know, because he and I have often spoken about this and other Healthcare issues. And believe me when I write, I have no objection to him earning this type of money.
THIS PHYSICIAN . . . is one of FOUR or more in his Clinic. So assuming they all make the same kind of money, by seeing the same number of Patients . . . the Government could save MORE than $1-MILLION Per Year just on that one Clinic, which in essence is ONLY ONE OF THOUSANDS.
I assure you . . . this Clinic is not in a Cheap Part of Town. The people live in expensive homes, drive expensive cars, and eat at expensive restaurants, AND can certainly afford to pay $20 OR MORE PER VISIT instead of having the Government Pay.
BUT THEIR MINDSET IS THAT THEY WANT FREE . . . especially since they figure they’ve already paid for the service in their Taxes. BUT . . . OF WHAT VALUE IS FREE, when you have to Wait Weeks to receive the Benefits . . . and you NEED to see your Doctor NOW?
So . . . why doesn’t Canadian Healthcare simply save what could be BILLIONS of Dollars per year in FEES, while at the same time FREEING-UP Physicians to see MORE Patients in a Timely Fashion, since if it is NOT FREE, a lot of people who abuse the System, will not use it, who really don’t need it?
IF YOU LIKED ORWELL’S ANIMAL FARM – YOU’LL LOVE SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE:
THE ANSWER . . . Is 100% Political, because the SOMETHING-FOR NOTHING BUNCH, most of whom pay ZERO into the System, and many Who Do Pay Into The System, but have become like PAVLOV’S DOG, CONDITIONED into wanting and expecting FREE, when they should all know that NOTHING IS FREE, won’t hear of it.
I LOVE CANADIAN HEALTHCARE . . . Because no one will go Broke dealing with Catastrophic and Chronic (Pre-Existing) Health Issues, but for virtually everything else – IT’S VERY MUCH WANTING.
THE UGLY PART . . . The Politicians have DEEMED that all of the People within their Provincial Jurisdictions are like George Orwell’s Animal Farm – where everyone is Equal, with the exception of some being MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.
And That’s Socialized Medicine For You In A Nutshell.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov