Nurse Nellie has recently developed extraordinary psychic powers. So I'm predicting we will have a federal election thumping the fears of two tier health care in Canada. (Thank you Supreme Court judiciary) Unfortunately sometimes my psychic powers fail me and I am left with loads of questions.
Seven judges decided 4 to 3 that a Quebec mans Charter rights had been violated because, by Quebec law, he was not permitted to purchase private insurance to get his hip replaced and had to wait about a year or so under the public health care system to have his hip attended to. The judges felt this was too long and it violated one of his many charter rights.
Of course all this concern about his hip took place in about 1996-1997 when the federal government literally smashed health care funds to the provinces, closed hospital beds etc. Might have even been before they paid millions of tax dollars for the Romanov report, the gun registry, and national unity issues.
I wonder if it violates the mans charter rights to have waited so long for a Supreme court decision of his court case? I also wonder where he found his funding to fight this case. Don't lawyers cost a fortune. I think perhaps he must have financial backers who are not too happy with our universal health care. (Perhaps they are not making enough or all they could from the government trough) Maybe they are not even happy with the way we govern ourselves. Of course what with all the financial boondage going on in Canadian politics I can't say as they don't have a point. Dont' confuse this with thinking that I beleive our current health care delievery system is healthy, it is not.
It sucks the big one! We are critcally short of nurses and Doctors, but heh, if you keep tight tabs on how many can graduate, and you extend the time it takes to do this and you close hospital beds up the kazooza and claw back funding and spend a fortune pumping millions into stupid stuff like Health Canada ad campains about cigarette smoke, while coal fired plants spew toxins and you dump independent non phamaceutical company sponsored research scientiest what exactly do you think is going to happen to Canadian Health care?
I also wonder about the Quebec fellows Doctor. I beleive the Doc was from France and was a little ticked because he had to close his private emergency practice. I wonder how much money his doctor is now collecting from speaking engagements delivered to all those insurance companies who have been holding their breath waiting to sell, sell, sell, Private Health insurance to us poor Canadians who have universal "free to patient" health care but -waiting lists and ridiculous taxes. Do you think when I can buy private health insurance I will get to pay less taxes??
Now I haven't worked in orthopedic surgery areas for awhile so who knows maybe there is a dreadful, terrible waiting list. Seems to me it would be wise to open medical schools to more orthopedic surgeons. Maybe even give a quicky course to GP's instead of opening doors to insurance companies. At least that way you would get a new doctor on the block instead of a company who sells insurance but I am only a nurse and sometimes even my psychic powers fail me when it comes to who is making the rules about the massive profit driven agenda they now call health care.
Perhaps I am really behind the times. I have not yet met anyone who has told me their loved one died because they couldn't get treated at a Canadian hospital in a timely fashion (even though I have heard the news storey of potential deaths etc repeatedly- but I have also heard lots of bunk in the news, and I do know my young niece had surgery for a hot appendix in a matter of hours, so I guess that leaves me believing the speed of her surgery and not the news reports.
I have also met a few American visitors who have dropped in to our Canadian hospitals. (We now charge them, or at least their insurance company -the benefits of computers.) And I have heard an awful lot about those nice Americans trying to buy our cheaper phamaceuticals, some say they come in by the bus load, or even purchase from on line phamacies. Some even say their home states are looking to pass laws.
What can I say, you need more than psychic powers to keep track of Canadian Health Care. What you really need is investigative skills to find out who profits. Maybe I should have taken journalism instead of nursing.
Didn't some wise person once say follow the money. Well I think following the money is just about the smartest thing any one ever came up with especially when it pertains to Canadian health care as Nurse Nellie see's it!