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Health Care Is Not a Commodity

Quebec makes way for private health care

Last updated Feb 16 2006 12:19 PM EST CBC News

The Quebec government is opening the door to private health insurance for some medical procedures. A policy document was released Thursday by Premier Jean Charest and Health Minister Philippe Couillard.

Charest is touting the plan as the beginning of a "new era for health care in Quebec."

Health Care Is Not a Commodity

There is a concentrated, orchestrated push by the right wing in Canada to kill Medicare. Period.

We were warned by Medicare’s founder that this was going to come at some point in the future and we are there now! Even though 40 million Americans are without health insurance and in spite of the fact that the number one reason for personal bankrupcy in the USA is inability to pay medical bills, the forces of the right want to make health care a commodity that is bought and sold on the open market.

The "dear founder" also ardently believed in user fees and co-pays. He believed public health care should ensure universality, not that everything is free to everyone.

We will be without public health care down the road soon if we don't properly fund and fix it. This is all because of pressure from Big Brother to the south. They want our public health system to fail and use it as a bad example of why a public system fails. I believe that.

Picture this: Two patients limp into two different Canadian medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week. The second sees his family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits eighteen weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for a year from then.
Why the different treatment for the two patients?
The first is a Golden Retriever; the second is an elderly man.
So tell me if you had the financial means, would you not rather be able to pay for a hip next week, as opposed to wait in pain and agony for two years. I sure would.

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