Monday, August 17, 2009

Canadian Medical Association: "The System is imploding."

As the great philosopher, Jimmy Buffet, once said - "truth is stranger than fiction." I can't make this stuff up - here's the headline:

Overhauling health-care system tops agenda at annual meeting of Canada's doctors
No, seriously...well that was worth the click to the article...wherein we learn that the Docs in Canada arent' happy with all that happy socialism that the Omeister is trying to shove down our throats. "You mean all is not perfect with socialized medicine?" Ya think!

Yumpin yiminee folks, everyone else in the world is trying to run away from socialism just as O and his team are trying to lure us into that happy land. The current head of the Canadian Medical Association is cited in the article saying:

Ouellet has been saying since his return that "a health-care revolution has passed us by," that it's possible to make wait lists disappear while maintaining universal coverage and "that competition should be welcomed, not feared."

In other words, Ouellet believes there could be a role for private health-care delivery within the public system.

He has also said the Canadian system could be restructured to focus on patients if hospitals and other health-care institutions received funding based on the patients they treat, instead of an annual, lump-sum budget. This "activity-based funding" would be an incentive to provide more efficient care, he has said.

Hmmm, health care revolution passed you by, eh? Our system may not be perfect, but the U.S. is on the tip of the sword of medical revolution thanks to a comparatively free system. You have to love the concept of funding hospitals based on their existence rather than their patient loads - only a bureaucrat could possibly engineer such a system.

Before we go turning our system topsy turvy, could we do two things? First, let's define the problem. If we do that, then we would have a metric to bounce any proposed legislation up against. Case in point: if the problem is the "uninsured," the current proposal DOESN'T solve it! Second, let's look around the world for something that works better than our current system and look at the systems that have been abject failures. Sitting here in Nashville, Tennessee, home of TennCare we know one system that does NOT work. Ditto for Hawaii, Massachusetts and now it appears, Canada. How about we NOT do what does NOT work?

It is so empirically obvious that government run healthcare does not work that you are left with the weird question: if O and the boys are sooooo smart, why would they try to foist on us something that does not work? Simple answer: ideology and power. It's all about securing a voting segment of the population that would be totally dependent on the government. Call that what you like, but that is not what is envisioned in the promise of America.

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