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Canadians Running to U.S. for Health Care
Canada, we are constantly being told by single-payer advocates, is a model social democracy with a medical delivery system that we should envy. Oddly, the people who make such claims never want to answer a question that Bill Steigerwald reiterates in a recent column:
If Canada’s national health care system is so dang wonderful, why are so many Canadians coming to America to pay for their own medical care?
And it’s not only pregnant women, like the one who recently had to drive to Montana to have her baby, who cross into the U.S. on a daily basis seeking health care. Thus, Steigerwald inquires further:
Why is the hip replacement center of Canada in Ohio–at the Cleveland Clinic, where 10% of its international patients are Canadians … Why is Brain and Spine Center in Buffalo serving about 10 border-crossing Canadians a week?
By way of answering his own questions, Steigerwald provides the following datum:
Number of Canadians on waiting lists for referrals to specialists or for medical services–875,000.
It would appear that Canadians with sufficient financial means are seeking medical treatment in a country where such waiting lists exist only in the the fond dreams of single-payer advocates.
And what about the Canadians who don’t have the money to come here for care? I guess they just pray that their illnesses don’t kill them before the vaunted Canadian system can fit them in.
By Hilary White
OTTAWA, November 14, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study has revealed that the Canadian government will spend $171.9-billion this year on health care, or $5,170 per person. At this rate health care spending is expected to grow faster than Canada’s economy, outpacing inflation and population growth, according to Glenda Yeates, President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), which released the study yesterday.
Demographers have warned that the aging and slow growth of the Canadian population is a direct threat to the long-term prognosis of its raft of expensive, publicly funded social services, including its health care system.
Stronach went to U.S. for cancer treatment: report
Updated Fri. Sep. 14 2007 7:57 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, who is battling breast cancer, travelled to California last June for an operation that was recommended as part of her treatment, says a report.
Stronach's spokesman, Greg MacEachern, told the Toronto Star that the MP for Newmarket-Aurora had a "later-stage" operation in the U.S. after a Toronto doctor referred her.
"Belinda had one of her later-stage operations in California, after referral from her personal physicians in Toronto. Prior to this, Belinda had surgery and treatment in Toronto, and continues to receive follow-up treatment there," said MacEachern.
Obama Says We Shouldn't Treat Old Folks to Save Money And the Media Goes Deaf
By Warner Todd Huston (Bio | Archive)
June 26, 2009 - 01:19 ET
I am wondering when the euthanasia folks are going to start touting this one? I mean, it sure seemed to me as if the most caring, most civil, most intelligent president evah just said that healthcare could be cheaper if we don't give old folks and the infirm the full measure of care they now get. It appeared that Obama said we should just let them die or suffer because they aren't worth the effort. Imagine if Bush had said something like this? The left wouldn't have hesitated to call him any manner of names. Oddly, though, the Old Media have not had so much as a raised eyebrow over his statements on Wednesday.
Obama said during the ABC Special on Wednesday night that a way to save healthcare costs is to abandon the sort of care that "evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve" the patient's health. He went on to say that he had personal familiarity with such a situation when his grandmother broke her hip after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Obama offered a question on the efficacy of further care for his grandmother saying, "and the question was, does she get hip replacement surgery, even though she was fragile enough they were not sure how long she would last?"
But who is it that will present the "evidence" that will "show" that further care is futile? Are we to believe that Obama expects individual doctors will make that decision in his bold new government controlled healthcare future? If he is trying to make that claim it is a flat out untruth and he knows it.
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
But hey, I guess since the Obama administration claim that a "free" Socialized healthcare will work perfect here, it must be so right?
Even President Obama the Messiah claims that it will work perfectly....
Well, except when you read the fact that under President Obama's "free" Socialized healthcare the GOVERNMENT, and not doctors, will decide what sort of treatments patients will have, if they are economically affordable.
Originally posted by lagenese
Well, i see that you don't believe, and that is good. You'll have to experiment on your own i guess.
Obama discusses deathbed measures
At a healthcare town hall, he says stopping futile procedures for the terminally ill can lower costs.
By Peter Nicholas
June 25, 2009
Reporting from Washington -- President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and dont stand to gain from the extra care.
In a nationally televised event at the White House, Obama said families need better information so they dont unthinkingly approve "additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care."
He added: "Maybe youre better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."
Obama said he has personal familiarity with such a dilemma. His grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given less than nine months to live, he said.
She fell and broke her hip, "and the question was, does she get hip replacement surgery, even though she was fragile enough they were not sure how long she would last?"
Obama's grandmother died two days before he was elected president in November. It was unclear whether she underwent the hip-replacement surgery.
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
reply to post by drwizardphd
It is SOCIALISM, and the Government will decide who gets treatment, and what sort of treatment people can get.
Nationalizing the healthcare, is Socializing it. Just like Nationalizing GM was Socializing it.
Originally posted by drwizardphd
Ok, I'm not going to bother replying any further since you are too freaking ignorant to read the bill before you go off a tirade about it.
Originally posted by drwizardphd
You apparently do not want to read what the plan is, so when you call it 'SOCIALISM', you are only displaying your ignorance. You wouldn't know Socialism if somebody slapped you with the Communist Manifesto.
Have fun living in your own little world.
Originally posted by sos37
Those who voted for Obama - do you feel lied to yet? Is this the change you wanted? Would you go back and change your vote for Ron Paul?
Just wait, the fun hasn't even begun yet. As soon as Al Franken is seated we'll get to see some really stupid and assinine bills things passed through a filibuster proof Democratic majority.
There was a chance to repair the damage that had been done (not all of which was GWB's fault) and you guys blew it BIG TIME, falling for the biggest huckster of them all. If you voted Obama, thank you for ruining our country.
Originally posted by Bertha
Um, anyone noticed lately that you're 'forced' to have auto insurance? And if you get caught driving without it you're 'fined'?
Home insurance? Same thing.
Your life is more important than a home or a car. The insurance will be AFFORDABLE. If you can't AFFORD it, then you'd probably be on government benefits, in which case it would be provided same as it is now.
We need healthcare reform. This might not be perfect but any sort of change is welcome, IMHO.