Post Edited (Keeper) : 8/17/2009 11:34:23 PM (GMT-6)
Mike, I love different opinions and certainly respect yours. I've had an account on freerepublic.com for years and agree with basically nothing on that site, but I read it to hear other opinions! By corrupt I mean politicians who write laws for K street, not ones I just don't agree with.
As for the 18 weeks, I can only assume that that is the wait time for a first appointment with a new GP, that's the only way it makes sense to me.
The purpose of my post was only to describe universal health care in Canada. I hear all these crazy things that people are saying on the american news like how the government will decide your treatment and pick your doctor for you, when this is completely false, at least in Canada. If Americans decide to keep their system then fine, but I hope they decide on facts not falsehoods propogated by people with their own agendas.
Post Edited (Rider Fan) : 8/18/2009 9:56:47 AM (GMT-6)
I am sure that you are correct Rider that the Canadian system does not involve government prescription of permissible treatments. Unfortunately, that is indeed the case in the UK through an official agency called NICE, which is very similar to one proposed in the current Obamaare bill for the US. As an example, Brian Booy waited for triple bypass surgery for 18 months in the UK and died waiting. The normal wait time in the US for this procedure is less than 24 hours. (source: BBC News, March 1, 2000)
I would close this out by noting that it is not that unusual for Canadians to travel to the states in search of more timely or higher quality health care. For example, Natalie Paquette had a premature baby at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton but the hospital had no neonatal ICU, due to government regulations limiting the creation of such facilities. The baby had to be flown to Buffalo, NY, where several hospitals have such units and pediatricians experienced in neonatal care. (course: Hamilton Spectator, June 27, 2009) I do not see American patients fleeing to Canada for treatment. While I am sure that most Canadian patients, most of the time, in most locations, receive decent care for normal medical problems, it is abundantly clear that all government-run health systems impose some level of rationing and many unecessary obstacles by their very nature.
Post Edited (Nanners) : 8/18/2009 12:16:54 PM (GMT-6)