Steady now Flip! I mean I'm with ya but here in good ol' Ontario the OMA , Ontario Medical Association = doctors
Yea, here in Alberta we have the AMA who constantly bleat about privatization.
I think there is an activist element in both camps.....May not be that representative?
I don't think that Canada should look South for examples in managing a health system.
We do, for better or worse and I think that is where the public vs. private debate comes from. The good examples come from a practical or medical level. The admin. bits we can do without. Many Canadian physicians spend time in the US in their training etc.
Too be fair, physicians also stay in touch with others around the world.
Routine health care is something most people can and should pay out of their own pockets. Somehow protection against medical catastrophe morphed into a gimme.
Oh my, we just have to disagree on this.
The problem with covering yourself for routine healthcare is, that if
cash is tight, people are simply not going to the doctor.
That funny little mole will grow to the size of a fist before it gets removed,
Of coarse by then it's a metastatic disease than will require hospitalization.
In this case the public isn't saved anything as it would have been cheaper to
pay the $35 for the doctors visit 2 years ago. In short, a larger burden exists
because of a lack of early diagnosis. Early and accurate diagnosis saves money.
As for your second sentence, That is whole point of having the Canada health act.
Does it really serve the public interest for farmer Brown to lose the farm because
he is ill? What does his newly homeless and unemployed family do for society?
This is the whole object of the Canadian exercize in healthcare.
I say, get the focus back on the patient - not on some experimental corporate model.