Cornwall ON – Alberta is making noise about health care. Since the Federal government downloaded health care to the provinces Quebec, Alberta, and BC seem to make the most waves as to how to administer health care as they face the costs.
Recently Quebec announced it was going to discuss public assisted euthanasia. Quebec also has a burgeoning and thriving private health care industry. Turn on a radio station in Montreal and you will hear ads for services. Turn one on in Ottawa and you’ll hear invites to cross the bridge for MRI’s.
If you need surgery or testing in Quebec and don’t wait until you possibly die there are private services and I know someone here in Cornwall that rather than suffer in pain may have their hip surgery done privately in Quebec.
And we haven’t even scratched Medical tourism where thousands of Canadians every year leave for places like Costa Rica or Mexico to have all sorts of processes done from dental work to organ transplants.
Dr. Lloyd Maybaum, a Calgary psychiatrist and incoming president of the Calgary and Area Physician’s Association, says patients willing and wealthy enough to cough up inflated fees for medical procedures should be allowed to jump the queue in the province’s health-care system.
Dr. Maybaum feels that the system should have services available to those that can or want to pay the extra to help support services for those that can’t. I understand the out rage by many in the system, but after looking at this I find it hard to argue. The key though is if this is done “properly” and by properly I mean that if the services were in the system and the extra fees stayed in the system.
Right now we’re paying for all that radio advertising these private health care services are pumping out. The whole raison d’etre for public health care is to remove a lot of the overhead of private health care and keep costs down ultimately for all of us.
I remember being in an emergency ward in Ottawa with a friend who needed a cast. OHIP covered a standard cast. If she wanted to pay extra she could have a fancy more modern one. If the system can offer such services in a fair and productive manner we can keep those health care dollars in the system and provide more services.
Of course that’s a big if. If those services were offered and none of the monies found their way into more nurses, more beds, more doctors and cleaner and safer hospitals we’d all lose.
What do you think Canada? Is this a possible solution or a one way ticket down a slippery slope? You can post your comments below.
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