Thursday, December 23, 2010

Quick Links: Turner, Ralston, Fraser

In the 12/21/2010 Washington Examiner, Grace-Marie Turner explains why "Obamacare is a government takeover".

In the 12/17/2010 Orange County Register, Richard Ralston discusses the FDA Avastin ruling at "Political mugging of a valuable drug".

The Fraser Institute has published, "Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada 2010 Report". A couple of excerpts:
The total waiting time between referral from a general practitioner and delivery of elective treatment by a specialist, averaged across all 12 specialties and 10 provinces surveyed, has risen from 16.1 weeks in 2009 to 18.2 weeks in 2010.

Canadians wait nearly 3 weeks longer than what physicians believe is "reasonable" for elective treatment after an appointment with a specialist.
Full Fraser Institute report (PDF version) here.