Reply Thu 16 Aug, 2007 12:52 pm
A WARNING FOR CANADIANS from Arnold S. Rahlman , a professor emeritus of medicine and of social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.
before jumping on the bandwagon that proclaims loudly :
"private health-insurance will fix want ails canada's health care system" ,
we may want to read what doctor relman has ben able to find out .

one thing i'm sure about : once we go the way of privatizing our health-care system , there will be no turning back - no matter how bad the private system is .
large american health-care providers are already knocking on our door , demanding to be let in . once they are in , they sure aren't going to leave .

i say : let's properly fund canada's public health-care system ; pay our health-care professionals well ; provide good care for our children and good after-care for patients .
and stay away from SELLING our health-care system to the highest bidder !

What Canadians should learn from the U.S. health care disaster

Special to Globe and Mail Update

August 15, 2007 at 6:49 PM EDT

The Canadian Medical Association has recently recommended that private competition be introduced into medicare by allowing physicians to bill patients (or private insurance plans) for services that are covered by medicare, and allowing medicare to purchase covered services from for-profit private facilities.

Those who champion privatization claim these modifications of Canada's publicly funded health-care system would save money, help eliminate waiting times and possibly even improve the quality of care.

Policy-makers need only look to the United States for the evidence such claims have no merit. The U.S. experience shows that private, for-profit medical insurance and investor-owned medical facilities are a bad deal for the public, and that a health-care system that encourages physicians to behave like private entrepreneurs leads to extravagant costs.

Those who would deny this obvious evidence are either blinded by unshakeable faith in market ideology or are biased by their interests in businesses that profit from the privatization of health care.

I have been studying and writing about the consequences of commercialized medical care in the U.S. for many years. My conclusions, summarized in a recent book (A Second Opinion, Public Affairs), are that the high, rapidly rising cost of the U.S. health-care system, its failure to provide insurance coverage for about 15 per cent of U.S. citizens, and the uneven quality and limited accessibility of services it provides to so many more, can all be attributed in substantial degree to the fact that the U.S. has the most commercialized health-care system in the Western world.

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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2007 07:34 pm
This looks interesting... Laughing
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