Friday, August 21, 2009

More on Britain and Canada's exemplary healthcare

UK healthcare: 'A systemic failure'

    For all the rhetoric, this is daily reality in our health service. This is not to denigrate the many fine workers, both on the frontline and behind the scenes. We have come across doctors, nurses, paramedics, therapists and many others who have been supportive, caring and inspirational. Some have gone way beyond the call of duty to help in times of distress or difficulty, such as our palliative care team and the community nurses. But equally, we have come across too many ground down by a sclerotic system that crushes out the idealism or caring nature that presumably made them join the health service.

    Clearly there is systemic failure. And it is a question of management, not money. Some of the worst problems encountered have been at the hallowed Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, which uses the strength of its brand to suck up money and increase its reach. Many in the medical world are infuriated by its endless growth, but scared to take on the behemoth. But behind the soft-focus fund-raising and cuddly image lurks inefficiency and, all too often, needless insensitivity.

Canadians visit US to get healthcare

Deal lets many go to Michigan hospitals

    Hospitals in border cities, including Detroit, are forging lucrative arrangements with Canadian health agencies to provide care not widely available across the border.

    Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for heart, imaging tests, bariatric and other services provide access to some services not immediately available in the province, said ministry spokesman David Jensen.

    The agreements show how a country with a national care system -- a proposal not part of the health care changes under discussion in Congress -- copes with demand for care with U.S. partnerships, rather than building new facilities.

    Michael Vujovich, 61, of Windsor was taken to Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital for an angioplasty procedure after he went to a Windsor hospital in April. Vujovich said the U.S. backup doesn't show a gap in Canada's system, but shows how it works.

    "I go to the hospital in Windsor and two hours later, I'm done having angioplasty in Detroit," he said. His $38,000 bill was covered by the Ontario health ministry.

STOP!

The bill was NOT covered by the Ontario health ministry, it was covered by Canadian (and possibly American) taxpayers! Government does NOTHING to generate actual wealth; it can only suck the wealth from the citizens and redistribute it. Government has never 'covered' anything in the history of civilization. It has no real income. YOU do the work, government steals your money, government spends your money. There's no other way to describe this or any other government function! And rest assured that, rather than put the new taxes required for this or any government service towards the purpose they were intended, they will simply steal it, just like they stole the money for Social Security, which is why Social Security is insolvent.