Originally posted by vox2442
They should be.
Hmmmmm . . . I think there's a fallacy in there somewhere.
should . . .
I've found it useful . . . when considering good/bad; better/worse; best worst . . . should/should not . . . to ask:
1. What's the related goal?
2. What's the criteria/standard of measure that informs me when the goal has been reached?
3. What's the context.
So . . . we are supposed to assent to this should--that all manner of nanny State cradle to grave care SHOULD be free . . . etc.
When all of living reality tells us
there is NO free lunch.
And, in my observation and experience, the bureaucrat exacts far too high a price in money, bother, freedoms, tyranny . . . . for the meager overheade
bloated services they offer.
I think it's just as reasonable to say:
live in idiotic ways which increase their health problems and then expect other free individuals to bail them out for their stupidities.
And when folks are tired of such extortion, the selfish victims collect together enough greedy politicians to herd all the sheeple together in
sufficient numbers to increase the extortions in a grand politico-bureaucrat feeding frenzy.
Yeah, I'd sometimes love for lots of things to be on a FREE LUNCH basis.
But I've found that personal responsibility and self-reliance as well as a network of mutually caring; mutually selfless; mutually sacrificially
giving Christian believers is a far better route. Such also tend to hold one another accountable for living healthy lifestyles.
FREE LUNCH idiocies breed indolence, irresponsibility, rebellious prickly and destructive flavors of independence vs responsible freedom; laziness;
obstancy; arrogance and other fun things that do NOT enhance the individuals' lives nor the lives of those around them one twit's worth.
ON the cross-border issue, it`s strange, but even living close to the border I`ve never known anyone who actually went south for treatment. I hear the
odd friend of a friend story, but never actually met anyone who did. On the other hand, the drug store in my hometown added bus parking about 10 years
ago, and does a brisk business selling to seniors from the USA.
I certainly do not think that medications in this country are at all reasonably priced--even taking into account the super expensive developmental
costs of some drugs. I do think greed has become entrenched in at least most conglomerate drug companies.
But I think that problem would be solveable with proper tort and other reforms.
On the wait time issue, i think you need to take the size and demographics of Canada into consideration. roughly 1/3 of the country lives outside of
the main urban areas. Roughly 9 million people live in areas more than a 2 hour drive from an urban centre with medical specialists. A substantial
portion of the population need to consider flight time to get a hip replacement or to see a specialist. That`s unavoidable. Thompson, Manitoba does
not have the population base to sustain a major hospital.
No doubt those are serious aspects of such problems. I'm not sure what solution there is short of banding together whether privately or publically
across sufficient population numbers to make it work.
Am glad your friend got his pelvis taken care of post haste and so cheaply.