SASKATOON — The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country's health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.
Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country - who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting - recognize that changes must be made. .......
His thoughts on the issue are already clear. Ouellet has been saying since his return that "a health-care revolution has passed us by," that it's possible to make wait lists disappear while maintaining universal coverage and "that competition should be welcomed, not feared."In other words, Ouellet believes there could be a role for private health-care delivery within the public system.
Then there is THIS ARTICLE about French and Dutch healthcare, which I found pretty fair and even enlightening and thought provoking, but there are hidden sentences in it which should open any American's eyes wide...I provided a few here:
Dutch and French patients do wait longer than Americans for specialty care; around a quarter of respondents to the Commonwealth Fund survey reported waiting more than two months to see a specialist, compared to virtually no wait for Americans. But Dutch and French patients were far less likely to avoid seeing a specialist altogether -- or forgoing other sorts of medical care -- because they couldn't afford it. And there's precious little evidence that the waits for specialty care led to less effective care. (Z: "couldn't afford it'? I thought it's FREE? And, regarding not going to a specialist and evidence that it wasn't needed, tell that to a very sick person who needs that specialist)
And in both countries, people pay for health insurance through a combination of private payments and what are, by American standards, substantial taxes. (Z: substantial is a nice way of saying lifestyle threatening, trust me)
Z: I just found out that Holland starts paying for mammograms at the age of 50...America, 40. The American sample recommends every year mammograms and pays for that. Holland's pays for every FIVE years. That's bad medicine any way you slice it. (sorry to mention slice in terms of mammograms, ladies; I know, it just FEELS that way:-)
France's healthcare wasn't bad, I have to say.....I was part of it and benefited from it. But, the taxes are very high and nothing is 'free'. I hope I don't have to again mention that the lie you've always heard about "Germans get medical care FREE" has never been true. I just remembered my experience at a 'hand and arm clinic' in Paris while living there. I really badly sliced my index finger while washing a wine glass after a dinner party (I play piano so it was a little more scary than it might be and it turns out the cut was very near a nerve but didn't damage it, hallelujiah!).....While waiting for the surgery, I was wheeled in on a guerney two inches from both people on the sides of me ... all of us waiting for surgery. And, because you're so close, they have you feet to head...I was head, the two people on my sides, feet...get the drift? side by side.... I couldn't BELIEVE it. Crammed in like sardines. (I asked to use the bathroom and they gave me a bed pan........think about it...French health care might be good but it's not luxurious...EXCEPT at the American Hospital there, where I also had cooking-related hand-cut injury! THAT was a marvelous place, I have to admit)
In summary, regarding the above links, I think the second article is interesting and some parts should be seriously considered.......the question will always be HOW MUCH GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT SHOULD THERE BE? Seems to me that's the part that never works in any of these countries.