We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Charles Krauthammer, MD, gets it. He always did. Our money- and power-greedy government has always drooled over the idea of control of medical care because so much emotion and money is involved. Votes, power, control.
Believe me, personal care does not lie in the future. At that point, I will give up. I will give up charity care too, if there is any of it left. I did not enter Medicine to be an employee or a peon. If that is what the people want, they can have it.
For me, it's a calling but I will not do it as a government peon.
I just experienced (again) our third-world (canadian) medical system. Now our great system is coming to America.
It's free. We also get waiting times of many hours before triage in the emergency rooms. We get uncaring, underworked and overpaid staff. Bloated hospital administrations and medical students who get paid 25% less if they want to work in the city (assuming that the government allows them to work).
We have families who cannot find a doctor. There are none available and they don't even bother creating waiting lists.
I have a doctor friend that could not find a GP. Fortunately, I sell software to physicians and was able to ask one of my clients to take on another patient.
It's not who you are or how much money you make, but how many doctors you know.
Question back to EarlW. I wish there were more Canadians like you posting about this. All I ever hear is that Canadians love their free medical care! Or people who say, "I have friends who are Canadian and are so glad they don't have to worry about paying for medical care!"
Where are the dissenting voices? Why don't we hear more from you? Truly, there are plenty of people in the U.S. who think the government-managed medical care in Canada, France, the U.K., etc. is wonderful and works perfectly and is so stress-free.
Because the message the it sucks is not getting across the general public here in the U.S. People honestly believe government-managed healthcare would be fantastic compared to the system we have now.
"November 3, 2011—Total spending on health care in Canada is expected to grow by more than $7 billion this year to reach a forecast $200.5 billion in 2011. This amounts to roughly $5,800 per Canadian"
For my family of four, that's $23,200 per year.
How does that compare with Medical Insurance rates in the US?
So it's really not 'free'. The cost is hidden in the higher taxes we pay.
If I was able to opt-out of Medicare, I'm sure that my insurance premiums would be less than $23K.
All I ever hear is that Canadians love their free medical care!
Our medical care is not free. It is paid out of our taxes both Provincial and Federal. And it is expensive.
The problem is the administration (include politicians) of health care which is a Provincial responsibility (ie State as a comparison) and my GP says we're in for a bankrupt situation if it continues as is.
Our Liberal/NDP governments of the past promoted "Universality" as a concept to be applied. A 2 tier system (ie public and private) was outlawed.
There are always difficulties reported. I've never experienced them but, touch wood, I (@ 62+) am still very healthy. I may have a different tune in the years to come.
The fact that O' Bama & Co are involved is where your concern should lie.
A close relative of my wife's, A Canadian, was diagnosed with serious heart disease and needed a bypass operation or he would die. Sadly he was 82 and Canada would not perform the operation. He was a strong healthy man who could have easily survived the operation and had a likelyhood he would live for many years. He could have driven over the border to the U.S. and had the operation in a week or so but he was a proud Canadian and didn't want to use the money he expected to give to his children for an operation he should have gotten from his government health care system. After weeks of arguing with his wife he ended it by giving each of his four children $25,000 thus ending his options. He died within two years of the diagnoses. This tore up the family with most of them angry at the system and some simply accepting that such a result is the cost of socialized health care. But the man died needing a common and typically successful operation because a "death panel" was charged with saving money.