Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Crumbling Canadian Health Care

The August 16, 2009 Canadian Press reports that Canadian doctors are issuing dire warnings about the state of that country's health care system:
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.
Americans should not wish to emulate this failing system.

Canadian Mark Wickens posted the following insightful observation in response to the related story, "Canadian doctors open to private health care":
Your headline got my hopes up, but what's being discussed is not the kind of fundamental change that's needed. Patients and doctors need to be allowed to obtain and offer services without the interference of government. That someone must wait months for services that they are willing to buy and which would be offered if government didn't outlaw it in the name of "equity" is wrong. That this state of affairs is allowed to persist in the life-and-death field of medicine is outrageous.