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How is government-run health care working out in Canada?

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This Vancouver Sun story was linked at Unambigously Ambidextrous and the Heritage Foundation. (H/T DJ)

Excerpt:

Dr. Brian Brodie, president of the BC Medical Association, called the proposed surgical cuts “a nightmare.”

“Why would you begin your cost-cutting measures on medically necessary surgery? I just can’t think of a worse place,” Brodie said.

According to the leaked document, Vancouver Coastal — which oversees the budget for Vancouver General and St. Paul’s hospitals, among other health-care facilities — is looking to close nearly a quarter of its operating rooms starting in September and to cut 6,250 surgeries, including 24 per cent of cases scheduled from September to March and 10 per cent of all medically necessary elective procedures this fiscal year.

Now consider this story about elderly patients and euthaaisia, from the Washington Examiner. (H/T ECM)

Excerpt:

“I recommend that you seriously consider a “do not resuscitate” order, said the seemingly nice man in the white coat. “He has diminishing quality of life. And, if he has an infection or illness, we can provide comfort care for him.”

[...]An emergency room doctor made similar comments. She suggested that I did not need to feed him now that he was unable to feed himself–in essence suggesting euthanasia for a man who simply had an infection treatable with antibiotics.

[...]Despite the persistent infection, Dad was discharged because his temperature fell one-tenth of one point below the Medicare guideline for hospitalization. I begged the doctor to let him stay, citing his Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage. The doctor insisted that Medicare ruled and that my father was safer outside of the hospital where he would be less likely to contract a secondary infection.

I did what most people do; I trusted the authoritative person in the white coat. It was a fatal mistake. The lingering infection led to complications that killed him a few weeks later.

Rationing of care to the elderly is already taking place in government-run programs like Medicare. I don’t think we should expand government control any further.

This is the problem with making health care “free”. Everybody wants to use it. So demand is HIGH. But the government doesn’t have unlimited money, so supply is LOW. That’s why there is a SHORTAGE. And that’s why waiting lists, rationing, euthanasia and service cuts are needed.

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4 Responses

  1. ECM says:

    They should start teaching basic economics in kindergarten.

  2. LCB says:

    Just like secular liberals refuse to acknowledge that the laws of morality are binding on them (even though they deserve unlimited power by the very fact that they are liberal), they also refuse to acknowledge that the laws of economics are binding on them.

    Mere supply and demand, unintended consequences, and consequences of artificial rationing or price controls can not possibly contain or restrict such a glorious ideology that is the salvation of all individuals for all time and is deserving of unlimited power.

    • ECM says:

      The best part, though, is that you get unlimited bites at the apple: even if history has demonstrated time and time again that policies favored by liberals end badly, that is never a valid reason to not try, try again–the bad news is that, all too often, those policies ultimately end in blood being spilled. (Time and time again, of course.)

      • James says:

        And this is an intrinsic weakness in our system. Accountability! Our lawmakers have a long history of enacting programs now, that get paid for later. A person is smart, but the mob is fickle, and given the chance, history has shown that people will cheer for the benefits now.

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