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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.
"We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize," Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
"We know that there must be change," she said. "We're all running flat out, we're all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands."
Nor do I believe - as Peter Mandelson seems fatuously to be claiming - that Britain should adopt a US-style insurance-based system. While in the States last week, I repeatedly emphasised that I thought their set-up could be improved, that costs were too high, that litigation drove up premiums and that powers could be shifted from big insurance companies to individuals. There is a difference between saying that the US shouldn’t adopt the British model and saying that Britain should adopt the American model. Think about it for a few seconds and you’ll see that it’s quite an obvious difference.
If you want to go in for shorthand categorisation by country, the model I’ve been pushing for is one of personal healthcare accounts, a system most closely approximated in Singapore, whose people enjoy a higher level of healthcare than Britons do while paying considerably less for it. Nor can it be repeated often enough that Singapore - like every developed country - pays for the healthcare of those citizens who can’t afford it. No one I know wants a system where the poor go untended.
Originally posted by Doc Velocity
Same crapola over in Europe... Those socialists have been arrogantly crowing about their healthcare
Originally posted by Dermo
And this idea that free healthcare is bad healthcare and US healthcare is tops is absolute rubbish, its a well known fact that the US healthcare system is one of the worst in the developed world so there's no point in defending it so adamantly... There are such things as private clinics and hospitals in almost every country in the world.
Originally posted by spitefulgod
Dismantle NHS??? Not on my watch, hopefully this will never happen
Originally posted by Ulala
Daniel Hannan, the British Conservative MEP whose comments on Fox News seem to have caused controversy, has not only been slapped down by the Leader of the Opposition but he's also "clarified" his comments in the following terms :-
I repeatedly emphasised that I thought their set-up could be improved, that costs were too high, that litigation drove up premiums and that powers could be shifted from big insurance companies to individuals.
So not only is Hannan criticising the NHS, he's equally as excoriating when it comes to the American system too. So to quote Hannan & the furore he's generated strikes me as being a little self defeating.