Cornwall ON – I don’t know why so many people don’t think about our healthcare system until it’s too late. Either they or someone they love are the victim of the short comings and decline of Medicare.
I firmly stand on the opinion that we are not being well served by our service. It’s not the Doctors or nurses fault. It’s our own. We don’t challenge our politicians and government loudly enough. And they won’t do much as it risks votes for a not discernible pay off.
Medicare was created during a Minority government. It would be lovely to see it reformed via one as well. With some estimates as low as 25% value for what we’re funding it’s not a solution that requires vast amounts of funding. It requires holding those in charge accountable and putting people in place if necessary who can tackle the job of making sense of the billions of dollars spent.
Canada is comparing worse to other Western country’s medicare systems, but the financial crunch is impacting everyone as seen in the story from the UK below.
Some of the most common operations — including hip replacements and cataract surgery — will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected.
The Sunday Telegraph found the details of hundreds of cuts buried in obscure appendices to lengthy policy and strategy documents published by trusts. In most cases, local communities appear to be unaware of the plans.
And that’s how governments work. You don’t find out about many changes until it’s too late.
Here’s an example of how we’re overpaying for services. I have Sleep Apnea and have to use a CPAP machine. If I go to any of the four local providers of CPAP equipment here in Cornwall I essentially am offered the same equipment at the same price as the province sets caps or essentially the market.
Last I checked it was just over $1000.00 for an initial set up. The province pays 75% and you or your insurance company have to pick up the balance. The only thing is that these rates are inflated as much as Generic drugs were until recently.
How many millions if not billions are billed to the system and user for all of the many different products and services?
We don’t need private healthcare in Canada. We need ACCOUNTABLE healthcare. We need our governments to hold their staff accountable for getting us the best service they can at the most affordable cost instead of passing the buck to the taxpayer.
BUT, and this is a big BUT, it can only happen if we, the voters, hold politicians and governments to task. Ask your MP, or MPP how they feel and how they’d vote. Politicians generally aren’t stupid people. If they know an issue is important enough to enough people they get things done.
Canada innovated Medicare. We should be setting the example instead of looking at the success of others or even worse, giving up and letting our country get swallowed up by US styled health care.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News