Friday, June 10, 2005

A health care system to be proud of?

Back in the mid-1990s, when Hillary WroughtIron Clinton was making her move to take over 15 percent of the U.S. economy with her bold - and fortunately failed - scheme to take over health care, supporters of the putsch were pointing to Canada's government-run health care system as what the U.S. system could be like.
From this corner, thank God (yes, you can say God on this blog) Hillary's hijacking attempt failed.
Many Canadians, mostly of the leftist persuasion, tend to look at the system with the kind of reverence usually found only in houses of worship.
"A crowning achievement," is typical of the kind of praise foisted upon this system.
Well, let's take a look at how wonderful this system is and how effective it is in doing what it's supposed to do - provide needed health care to the good (and not-so-good) people of Canada.
Habamus Rodentum has been watching the health care system north of the border in the past few months. H.R. uncovered a report that says that a significant number of medical errors, some of them deadly, were a regular part of Canada's health care.
Then came the story of John D'Amico, the Hockey Hall of Fame linesman who recently died... after going an unconscionable 28 days without an experimental treatment that he was supposed to have received. More than half of the delay came because the hospital where he was getting the treatments couldn't staff the wing where he had to be to get the treatment.
Now, there's a story out of Montreal about a hero who is fighting for his life AGAINST the health bureaucracy. The story at is headlined "Will Canada's socialized medicine kill a hero?"
Are you not outraged yet? If you're not, why not?
Now, it appears that the Supreme Court of Canada has found that at least one province's medicare system is a farce.
Government-run health care, while a noble idea, has one big, big problem. In the U.S. system, you can always fight a decision made by a not-for-profit or for-profit health care provider and get the government on your side. In the Canadian system, you're fighting... the government.
Looking at this particular government, you don't have a chance.
U.S. folks -- are you sure you still want to emulate Canada?
Canadians -- are you sure you still want to emulate Canada?